Quote of the Week

Diane Court: Nobody thinks it will work, do they?

Lloyd Dobler: No. You just described every great success story.

– Say Anything… (1989)

LFF 2019 Review: “The Perfect Candidate” Shows Saudi Arabia’s Evolving Women’s Rights Landscape


“Is this a women’s rights thing?” skeptical onlookers ask a young Saudi doctor who’s announced she’s running for local council in The Perfect Candidate, which recently screened at the London Film Festival. It’s a rather apt question to raise in director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s fourth feature film—and her second made in Saudi Arabia—given the Kingdom’s recent breakthroughs for women’s rights.

Written by Al-Mansour and Brad Niemann, The Perfect Candidate follows a young doctor named Maryam (Mila Al Zahrani), who unexpectedly runs for election to her local town council. Determined to prove herself, Maryam enlists her two sisters Selma (Dae Al Hilali) and Sara (Nora Al Awadh) to help with her campaign (and provide some excellent comic relief). The film not only shows how Maryam’s friends and family meet her run with initial apprehension, but also depicts how the local community wrap their heads around the concept of a female candidate.

Full review on Cinema Escapist



#DBW Defying Ageist Hollywood in Nancy Meyers’ ‘Something’s Gotta Give’


Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson first starred together in 1981 in the political drama Reds, directed by Warren Beatty. Twenty-two years later, the two reunited for a very different kind of film, Something’s Gotta Give, by rom-com virtuoso, writer-director Nancy Meyers.

In Something’s Gotta Give, Harry Sanborn is dating 29-year-old auctioneer Marin (Amanda Peet) and, after two heart attacks render Harry unable to leave the Hamptons for a week, Marin’s mother, Erica Barry, is forced to care for a man who is her complete opposite in every conceivable way. However, much to both of their surprise, Erica finds herself falling in love with her daughter’s boyfriend.

Full article on Screen Queens


Quote of the Week

Ben: When you have sex with a woman, be gentle and listen to her. Treat her with respect and dignity, even if you don’t love her.

Bo: I know.

Ben: Always tell the truth. Always take the high road.

Bo: I know.

Ben: Live each day like it could be your last. Drink it in. Be adventurous, be bold, but savor it. It goes fast.

Bo: I know.

Ben: Don’t die.

Bo: I won’t.

Captain Fantastic (2016)

13 Underrated Movies You Should Watch at TIFF 2019


Blockbuster season and summer have both come to an end but, don’t fret, because it’s festival time. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has begun and the selection this year is incredible. While films like Joker, Knives Out and Jojo Rabbit are garnering major awards buzz and coverage, there’s a wonderful selection of independent and international releases just waiting to be discovered.

While there are numerous films that have already been hyped for months now and have had trailers released, such as Ford v Ferrari, Harriet, Lucy in the Sky, The Report and Marriage Story, there are a number of other films deserving of your time that you might not have heard of. So here are 13 films to check out at TIFF 2019, or just to keep on your must-watch list if you aren’t lucky enough to be at TIFF.

Full list on Cultured Vultures


Interview: Director Oualid Mouaness Talks “1982,” His Feature Film Debut


Oualid Mouaness on the set of 1982. (Courtesy of Oualid Mouaness)

In his feature film debut 1982, director/writer Oualid Mouaness tells the story of an 11 year-old named Wissam who, after sending anonymous love notes, resolves to tell his classmate Joanna that he is in love with her. The narrative occurs at a school on the outskirts of Beirut during its final exam day—and right as the 1982 Lebanon War begins. As conflict escalates in the distance, teachers desperately try to mask their fears; however, the situation begins to crumble as the day progresses.

The film follows two pivotal focal points. One centers on students: love-struck Wissam (Mohamad Dalli), his best friend Majid (Ghassan Maalouf), the object of Wissam’s affection Joanna (Gia Madi), and possible nemesis Abir (Leyla Harkous). Another focuses on the teachers and staff of Wissam’s English-language school, including Wissam’s teacher Yasmine (Nadine Labaki) and her politically divergent colleague Joseph (Rodrigue Sleiman).

Full interview on Cinema Escapist