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Movie Quote of the Day – It’s Complicated, 2009 (dir. Nancy Meyers)


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Trisha: Oh, Janey, do you wanna meet a guy I met on Match.com that I didn’t like?
Jane: Oh, wow, what a great offer. No, thanks. I don’t think so.
Trisha: Well, he wasn’t that awful.
Jane: Sounding better every minute.

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Iron Lady, 2011 (dir. Phyllida Lloyd)


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Margaret Thatcher: I don’t want to be on my own.
Denis Thatcher: You’ll be fine on your own, love. You always have been.

Female Filmmaker Friday: She-Devil, 1989 (dir. Susan Seidelman)


So this is week six of Female Filmmaker Friday and my fifth and final look the work of Susan Seidelman in the 1980s. I’ve really enjoyed delving into her work and I hope you guys have found some films you plan to see in the future.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Julie & Julia, 2009 (dir. Nora Ephron)


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Paul Child: What is it you really like to do?
Julia Child: Eat!

Movie Quote of the Day – Heartburn, 1986 (dir. Mike Nichols)


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Rachel Samstat: You probably think it’s very bourgeois to cook for somebody on the first date. You probably think I do this for everybody.
Mark Forman: Rachel, I love this. When we’re married, I want this once a week.
Rachel Samstat: I’m never getting married again. I don’t believe in marriage.
Mark Forman: Neither do I.

“The Artist” Sweeps the BAFTAs


Best Film
“The Artist”

Outstanding British Film
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Director
Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”)

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
“Tyrannosaur”

Leading Actor
Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”)

Leading Actress
Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”)

Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”)

Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer (“The Help”)

Original Screenplay
“The Artist”

Adapted Screenplay
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Film Not In The English Language
“The Skin I Live In”

Animated Film
“Rango”

Documentary
“Senna”

Original Music
“The Artist”

Cinematography
“The Artist”

Editing
“Senna”

Production Design
“Hugo”

Makeup and Hair
“The Iron Lady” (

Costume Design
“The Artist”

Sound
“Hugo”

Special Visual Effects
“Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows II”

Short Animation
“A Morning Stroll”

Short Film
“Pitch Black Heist”

Orange Wednesdays Rising Award
Adam Deacon

Review and Giveaway: The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher


The upcoming release of The Iron Lady, with Meryl Streep tackling the role of Britain’s first female Prime Minister, has increased interest in Margaret Thatcher stateside. Case in point, BBC America released their three-film set The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher this week. The set features three films from the BBC set during three specific eras of Thatcher’s life.

The first film in the set is 2008’s The Long Walk to Finchley, which looks at Thatcher’s life from 1949 to her election to parliament in 1959. In it Andrea Riseborough plays Margaret Roberts (who halfway through the film marries and gains the last name Thatcher.) The film plays almost more like a comedy than a drama. I wouldn’t say that’s a bad thing, though, because it makes the film more relatable for those who don’t know much about Britain’s political climate at the time. Riseborough is great as the type-A Margaret, whose only interest is “politics” and who proposes to a young Denis Thatcher before he gets the chance to do it himself. Actually, Rory Kinear as Denis was my favorite performance in the film. He’s simply adorable. The production design is top-notch and more than reminded me of the BBC’s recent period series The Hour.

The second film in the set is 2002’s The Falklands Play, which is set in 1983 and features Patricia Hodge as Thatcher. I must admit this film lost me a bit. I don’t know much about this era or the Falklands war (aside from what I learned from This Is England) and I’m not sure the film has much appeal to people who aren’t military history buffs and/or live and breathe political thrillers.

The last film in the set is 2009’s Margaret, which mostly takes place during the waning days of Thatcher’s post as Prime Minster, though it does occasionally jump back in time to when she was first elected. Lindsay Duncan plays Thatcher in this film with such assurance and explosive vigor, that it’s clear why she was known as “The Iron Lady”. No matter how you might feel about Thatcher’s politics, I think you’ll be hard-pressed not to be a little moved by the film’s last fifteen minutes, as Duncan’s stiff upper lip begins to quiver, finally accepting that the end has come at last.

You can find the 2-disc DVD  set on sale now at the BBC America shop.

I’ve actually got a copy to give away to one lucky reader, so leave a comment (don’t forget to include a way for me to contact you so I can mail it to you should you win!) and I’ll pick someone at random next Wednesday.

[edit] Congrats to Megan, winner of this giveaway!

Movie Quote of the Day – Doubt, 2008 (dir. John Patrick Shanley)


Sister Aloysius: Sister James…
Sister James: What is it, Sister?
Sister Aloysius: I have doubts. [beat] I have such doubts.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Devil Wears Prada, 2006 (dir. David Frankel)


Miranda Priestly: By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.

Movie Quote of the Day – Sophie’s Choice, 1982 (dir. Alan J. Pakula)


SS officer: You may keep one of your children.
Sophie: I beg your pardon?
SS officer: You may keep one of your children. The other must go away.
Sophie: You mean, I have to choose?