Michael: I would bet you that that happens a lot more often than you think, you know? You know, some guys goes and marries some whacko and then he becomes a whacko and then his whole life goes and becomes a living hell, you know?
Dom: Mikey! What are you thinking, huh? Huh? You comparing this to you and Donna? You’re nuts, buddy.
Michael: You’ve never been in this situation, Dom. With a wedding and all. Forget about it. Suddenly everything becomes very, very complicated. You know, it’s like, she’ll talk to me and she tells me stuff and she says it’s important and I don’t even know what the fuck she’s talking about. It really makes you feel like you’re losing control.
Dom: Mikey, you ain’t losing control over nothing. You’re getting married. A person’s gotta adjust to certain things.
Michael: What if I can’t adjust?
Dom: When you’re in love with somebody, you adjust.
Michael: Dom, I just don’t want to end up hating my life.
Dom: You’re not going to end up hating anything. So forget about it, all right?
Lately I’ve become more and more frustrated with the various “best ever” lists that have been released because they rarely feature films by women, or if they do it’s usually one or two films. I think this is more a reflection of those who are polled for these kinds of lists, as well as a compounding of history on itself. For so long films by men have made up the bulk of the film canon and I think people are afraid to add new films to these revered lists. I also think many people haven’t seen very many films by women, or if they have it’s always the same handful of films. In an attempt to create a better, more inclusive list of great films by women, I polled over 500 critics, filmmakers, bloggers, historians, professors and casual film viewers, asking them to tell me what films directed (or co-directed) by women are essential viewing. Some people only responded with as little as five votes, others submitted hundreds of films. In the end, I received over 7,000 votes for 1,100+ different films. After tallying up this data, with ties factored in, I then had a list of 103 essential films directed by women.
I first saw this film last summer and was shocked that I had never seen it before. It’s so my kind of film, but somehow over the years it slipped past my radar. It’s one of those films that is insanely touching, without once ever being schmaltzy. This post is spoilery.