It seems like every celebrity has been called gay at some point or another. Many of the gay rumors surrounding Lily RabeAmerican Horror Story) seem to be tied to her obsessive attention to her body, like most actresses.
However the poll suggests that a big majority – 72% – of respondents don’t believe that she’s gay.
Who Is Lily Rabe Dating Now? Her Dating Life Details
Lily Rabe is one of the renowned actresses in the American film industry, who is best recognized for playing the role of Portia in a production of The Merchant of Venice alongside Al Pacino in Central Park, New York City, the US. Some of her other movie credits are A Crime in 2006, and No Reservations in 2007,
She is also well received for involving herself in various TV series like Law and Order: Criminal Intent in 2005, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in 2006, and Nip/Tuck in 2008.
Misty Day x Reader (Proposing and gay panic)
We we’re sitting under a tree lit up with lanterns, it was chilly outside, but we kept each other warm. Fireflies flew above us- and over the swamp in general- it looked beautiful.
The moon was shining down on the water, the night was still and quiet.
„If i were to ask ya a very important question- right this moment, would ya say yes?“ Misty asked, sitting up a little.
„That depends on the question, i guess?“ I smirked, sitting up with her.
„If it was somethin that i really wanted- and somethin i thought you’d really want too?“ She continued.
She looked at me with worried eyes, she fidgeted with the hem of my dress and took a deep breath.
„Ya can’t say no for the next minute or so- got it?“ Misty stated.
„Fine.“ I giggled, taking her hands in mine and kissing them.
„Y/N Y/M/N Y/L/N- I think- since we already been living together for some time now- we should, marry each other.“ She looked away- you could feel the gay panic from a mile away.
„Sure.“ I smiled. „Sure-?“ She chuckled, relief in her expression. „Yeah- why not?“ I said- leaning in and kissing her.
„That ain’t how i thought it may have played out- but alright i guess-?“ She smirked.
We both laid back again and listened to the sound of the crickets, frogs and other creatures in the swamp.
Only this time, we both were assured of the fact that it would all last forever.
Streaming in March: Gay London in the 1980s, “WandaVision” and true-crime docs
The paradox that It’s a Sin (HBO Max, five episodes) gets crushingly right is the sense of immortality that its young characters feel as they begin life in London, not knowing they’re entering a city that will soon become a premature graveyard. It’s 1981, a year after the movie Fame’s title track expressed the way they feel: “I’m gonna live forever . . .”
Fresh from the literal backwater of the Isle of Wight, 18-year-old aspiring actor Ritchie (Olly Alexander) skips into the sexual freedom he’s never known, his face a blur of eagerness and apprehension as he scans the pickings at his first gay bar. Caught ogling a handsome man, Ash (Nathaniel Curtis), at an acting class, fellow thespian Jill (Lydia West) rushes out to help get the two men together. She becomes, in a heartbeat, Ritchie’s best friend and platonic soulmate.
Omari Douglas plays a young man who turns his back on his parents and his repressive Nigerian/Yoruban upbringing.
Titled for the 1987 Pet Shop Boys song (one of many spot-on 1980s cuts on the soundtrack), It’s a Sin quickly introduces us to its other major players: Roscoe (Omari Douglas), a young Black man who refutes his repressive Nigerian/Yoruban background by leaving his parents’ homophobic home in makeup and a skirt, and Colin (Callum Scott Howells), a polite, prim fellow from Wales who works in a bespoke tailor’s shop and becomes an improbable roommate at the Pink Palace where the other extroverts live. (Neil Patrick Harris plays a senior, gay tailor who befriends Colin and gentles him into the realities of London gay life.)
Created by Russell T. Davies (the original Queer as Folk, the 2005 reboot of Doctor Who and 2019’s Years and Years), Sin makes a smart move by making its central character charming but flawed. Like many non-maskers in Arizona at the height of COVID-19, Ritchie tricks with hundreds of men, all while claiming that AIDS is a hoax. He doesn’t wear condoms. Won’t come out to his family. And he votes for Margaret Thatcher. Jill, meanwhile, becomes an advocate for the degraded, despised and abandoned men who crowd the hospital.
As we enter the second year of the pandemic, some scenes in Sin carry extra resonance. In the first episode, we see one man, among the first in the cast to be felled by the disease, isolated in an NHS ward. The porters won’t even deliver his meals; they drop them on the floor outside the door. In the final episode, a caregiver enters the room of a stranger who’s dying alone and unloved. She asks if she can sit a while by his bed, holds his hand — and all of human suffering and grief and kindness is contained in that moment.
The show isn’t perfect. I preferred the audaciousness of Davies’ futuristic Years and Years, also on HBO, which like Sin was willing to tear your heart apart. In its last episode, Sin’s focus narrows a little too much. When Jill righteously tells off a woman who refused to love her son as the proud gay man he was, it’s a perfect speech but has a little too much of l’esprit de l’escalier — you know, when you belatedly come up with the sharp, witty thing you should have said in the moment. Also, a weakness at the core is singer-turned-actor Alexander. He’s adorable but never convinced me that Ritchie has the talent and charisma that could make him a famous actor. Minor quibbles.
At the end of one episode, a character recently diagnosed with AIDS declares, “I’m gonna live!” The memory came back to me of a friend who said much the same in 1988: “I’m gonna beat this thing.” Wishing doesn’t make it so. He died before 1990 dawned. It’s a Sin is wise enough to show us both the glory and the tragedy of young lives needlessly cut short.
Lily Rabe Lily Rabes it as Mary Pickford
Julia Stiles has signed on to play a female screenwriter in a Mary Pickford biopic starring Lily Rabe.
Thoughts on this, Silent Screen queens? Rabe does have a great old fashioned look, especially in American Horror Story’s first season. Hopefully she gets more roles from this.
Rabe is an amazing actress, but she looks so old. I thought she was in her 40s!
this could be good. Mary Pickford’s life would make a good film.
Lily Rabe is a very good actress. This should be good – Mary Pickford had a fascinating life!
Perfect casting. Lily Rabe has exactly the kind of beauty celebrated a hundred years ago, with her heart shaped face and peaches-and-cream complexion. Give her ringlets and she’ll look the part perfectly.
Wasn’t Mary Pickford a delicate, feminine creature? Lily Rabe is manly! She’d be more right for something like a Rosalind Russell biopic.
[quote]Wasn’t Mary Pickford a delicate, feminine creature? Lily Rabe is manly!
Mary Pickford was a prude and a pill. Give me a Clara Bow biopic anyday.
Lily is almost 6′ tall. She can look rather husky on stage in spite of the delicate features of her face. They’ll have to find some very tall co-stars.
Btw, as both her mom and dad have and had rather large schnozzes, is that a nose job on Lily?
It says in the linked article that Dominick Fairbanks is one of the producers. Is he a great-grandson or relation?
I don’t think there’s really much drama in Mary’s life, in spite of her great fame. There was just never any any conflict or tension, unless they’ve unearthed some secrets the public never knew.
I *AM** still big — it’s the pictures that got small!
Mary never had any children. Maybe he’s a grandson of Douglas Fairbanks Jr (who had a different mother, not Mary).
R10 is right. Young people today are so limited in their interests and curiosity, they have no use for the past.
„Btw, as both her mom and dad have and had rather large schnozzes, is that a nose job on Lily?“
Rabe had a large nose. But I never thought of Clayburgh as having one. So I found a picture of the three of them.
She is the only conflict I can think of in Little Mary’s long life.
They should make a biopic of Alla that could be an interesting film!
They should make many silent goddess movies before teaming them up for an Avengers-style mega movie.
I think Mary’s drug-crazed brother and sister-in-law is an interesting conflict. And Mary was a real ball-buster in business. And then there’s the coming back as a ghost and kicking Pia Zadora’s ass. I’d pay to watch that.
Mary was a very shrewd business woman who became Hollywood royalty. Many credit her with inventing `Movie acting`. She understood and made use of the camera’s ability to pick up on subtle gestures, hesitations and eye movements.
She and Douglas Fairbanks were Hollywood`s first `power couple‘. They built Pickfair but she outgrew her ’sweet little girl‘ roles and began drinking heavily. Both she and Fairbanks had affairs and split up. Her alcoholism increased and she would constantly call her second husband (Buddy Rogers), „Doug“ (Douglas).
They adopted two children and Mary was by all accounts a cold and critical mother. She thought her old films were awful and embarrassing and ordered the prints destroyed on her death (they weren’t.
[quote]It says in the linked article that Dominick Fairbanks is one of the producers. Is he a great-grandson or relation?
[quote]I don’t think there’s really much drama in Mary’s life, in spite of her great fame. There was just never any any conflict or tension, unless they’ve unearthed some secrets the public never knew.
She was the first big star AND the first ‚has-been‘
[quote]Who will play daughter-in-law Joan Crawford?
Stepdaughter-in-law. Mary Pickford was the stepmother of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., not the mother.
Jill Clayburgh was my favorite actress. Whenever I see Lily Rabe, I stop breathing for just a second.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr was the son of Fairbanks and his first wife, not Mary, so he’s no direct relation of hers.
Pickford had plenty of drama in he life – her relationship with first hubby Owen Moore, the scandal of her secret affair and then marriage with Fairbanks, and then the scandal of the end of that relationship and her „prince consort“ hubby, the gay Buddy Rogers – all that in addition to her business smarts and acting career – and co-founding United Artists.
She was in her late 40s when she adopted the kids – and was a horrible mother. That’s yet another aspect of the tale. She should really have an HBO mini-series.
Was he gay? I know he gave the touching man on man kiss in wings, but I never heard that he was gay. (He was certainly gorgeous in „My best girl“)
Reporter: „Miss Davis, your co-star Miss Gish is getting early raves for her work with you in THE WHALES of AUGUST. They say her close-ups are especially wonderful.“
Griffith hired Pickford in 1909. He hired Gish in 1912.
r7, I wasn’t referring to her looks so much as her manly manner (although r9 is right that she is tall and husky).
r32, don’t forget Gish’s revenge in the press–keep in mind Davis had had a horrible stroke in later years that had kept her face partially paralyzes:
REPORTER: „Miss Gish, is it true Bette Davis was very difficult for the rest of the cast to work with on the set of ‚The Whales of August‘?“
LILLIAN GISH: (sweetly) „Did you see that face? What a tragic face!“
The book on which this picture is being based is a good one, so I have high hopes for it.
Pickford’s life is fascinating. The term „Superstar“ could have been invented for her. When she and Fairbanks toured Europe after their marriage, her public appearances caused literal riots. The thing is, there was no template for her stardom. She was the first to attain that degree of fame.
She worked with David Belasco, D.W. Griffith, and then went on to hold more power in Hollywood than any other woman, either before or since.
Although she is remembered today only for playing children, Pickford did that less than most would assume. She came to hate the little girl, and tried, with varying degrees of success, to break that mold. She often played adolescents who matured to young adulthood in the course of a film, entirely appropriate to her age at the time, and a couple of times did dual roles, where she could give the audiences what they expected of her, and play another, more mature, role
OK, I’m starting to ramble now, but I hope the film turns out to be a good one. Pickford’s legacy deserves it.
[quote]She was the first big star AND the first ‚has-been‘
I know she made some talkies and even won the second Best Actress Oscar for, I assume, a talkie.
But are her talkies ever shown on TCM or anywhere? On DVDs? Was she considered a good actress in talkies?
r29, Pickford was well-established, and, arguably, the most popular actress in movies, when SHE introduced Gish (a childhood friend) to D.W. Griffith.
There is definitely a story to tell. It doesn’t always have to be drugs/murder/sex.
Wasn’t Theda Bara as much or more of a sensation than Mary and Lillian? If only for a few short years in the Teens.
I guess when you credit her with being the first „anything“ you have to use the word ‚arguably‘.
She won the 1929 Oscar for ‚Coquette‘. She plays a teenage southern belle (she was in her mid-to-late 30s and not much of a southern accent). It was a forgettable film but the oscar had more to do with her status than the actual performance. TCM has played it on occasion.
She eventually lost all contact with her children. Her daughter ran off with boy Mary didn’t approve of. The son became a petty criminal, drug addict and homeless person.
She left them each 50,000$ in her will but they claim to have received much less than that. The daughter died a few years ago and the son, apparently, has dropped out of sight.
‚Wasn’t Theda Bara as much or more of a sensation than Mary and Lillian?“
Hey, talk about a biopic! Theda Bara was actually a nice Jewish girl from the Midwest, and she was rather horrified to find herself becoming a world-famous „vamp“. Someone could make a helluva comedy out of her story.
Maybe so, but I got the musical called „The Biograph Girl,“ bitch.
The feisty, very capable tomboyish character–which Pickford first developed for movies–is still the model for many major female film stars: Betty Grable, Doris Day, and Julia Roberts all played variants of character Pickford popularized.
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Who’s the writer? Anita Loos? I’ve been reading a lot of her work and a bio of her – she was quite a character and should probably have a biopic of her own.
r52, The writer is Frances Marion, with whom Mary Pickford had a close personal and professional relationship.
Who will be cast as Buddy Rogers? Doug Fairbanks Sr.? Doug Fairbanks Jr.?
The only male cast member announced so far is Michael Pitt as Owen Moore, her first husband. There’s also someone playing younger Mary, so presumably the focus is on her middle years and not her rise to stardom.
[quote]No one under the age of 75 will give a shit.
Just like no one under the age of 180 gave a shit about Lincoln, and no one under the age of 440 gave a shit about ‚Shakespeare in Love‘.
Uh r57, I, too, love Mary Pickford but I’m not sure that her fame is quite comparable to Abraham Lincoln and William Shakespeare.
You’d think no one under 75 would’ve given a toss about Howard Hughes, yet „The Aviator“ went on to perform well at the box office, even scoring a few Oscar nominations along the way.
On the flip side, who even bothered to see „Amelia“? Attach some good, likeable, quality names to the Pickford biopic and it can be a success.
Most of the audiences at The Aviator saw it for Scorsese, DiCaprio and Blanchett, not out of curiosity about Howard Hughes.
For the Pickford film to find an audience, it will actually have to be very, very good.
This film has been in development for years. It was meant to be an HBO mini-series, now it’s a feature. Unless they’re going to make Mary a vampire, they’d be better off going back to the mini-series. Lily Rabe and Julia Stiles aren’r exactly going to pack the aisles with this one.
Mary wanted to make a movie of her life and she wanted to play her mother, Charlotte Pickford. Mary wanted Shirley Temple to play her, but Shirley declined. So the film was not made.
Off topic but Lily Rabe has signed on for season three of American Horror Story.
If the script and the story and direction is good, it could become an interesting film, however there are several Pickford films coming out this year and next. Biopics are tricky material and hard to pull off in general. One of the other scripts that I read about sounds very interesting and seems like it would appeal to the masses, young and old today. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that this Lily Rabe movie will just be mediocre, perhaps a bit melodramatic. I believe the actors will be good, but we all can sense when the actors are good and maybe even the cinematography, but the direction and story fall flat. I don’t have high hopes for the execution of this film, not to be mean. Lily Rabe is great, but Mary Pickford had a completely different energy and if I’m honest, as good of an actress that Lily Rabe is—she may be a bit course for the was shrewd, but not in a course way and I’ve seen Lily Rabe play vulnerable and it comes across as a bit aggressive. Mary was also aggressive, but again–in a completely different way. In all of her glory and horror and innovation, Mary Pickford was an arrogant, narcissistic, delicate and hopelessly innocent creature. She was not an easy gal to figure out and to understand her life would really require the writer, director and actors to be able to read between the lines of all of the evidence that she left behind.
[quote] she may be a bit course for the was shrewd, but not in a course way
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You Need To Calm Down
So, I went to the gym for the first time in nearly five months yesterday morning.
Apparently there’s another tropical storm out there with New Orleans in its Cone of Uncertainty; Wednesday night seems to be when it’s projected to come ashore; they’re saying Category One is about as big as Zeta will get, given conditions in the Gulf and so forth, and while that’s not nearly as scary as the bigger storm, it’s still a cause for concern amongst New Orleanians. We’ve been incredibly lucky this year in this insane season of storms, but every time someone else gets it instead you can’t help but feel that your odds for a direct hit are exponentially increasing every time that happens. And it’s always stressful when there’s a storm coming your way–that whole losing power thing is the least of it, of course, but at least it’s not the dog days of summer right now and losing power doesn’t mean melting into a puddle inside the Lost Apartment.
I know I loathe cold weather, but I am also all about the air conditioning.
The track has starting shifting to the east–sorry, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida panhandle–and local meteorologists are saying the longer it stays stationary and slow-moving where it is, the more likely it is that it will continue to shift east. But I’d still rather not have that in the back of my head for the next three days, you know what I mean?
So I went to my new gym yesterday morning–it was quite chilly out for a Sunday morning in October in New Orleans–and did my first workout since May. It was marvelous. I was smart and only did one set of 15 reps with low weight and exercised every body part; I stretched for a good while before going to the weight machines, and did 100 crunches to conclude before walking back home. As always, one must start slow–one set this first week, two sets the next, then three in the third week and then add weight in the fourth–in order to get your body used to exercising again. In about two months of this (full body workout three times per week) I’ll change the workout to different body parts per workout–chest and back one day, shoulders and arms the second, and legs the third–and make the workouts more intense and difficult, in order to begin pushing myself and getting my heart rate up and making my muscles grow so they can burn fat more efficiently. My goal is to get my weight down to 200 by March, and then reassess my goals and where I want to be physically by Memorial Day.
I used to always balance out my workout goals based on gay holidays when I would go out in public with the inevitable goal of removing my shirt at some point. I always wanted to peak at Southern Decadence. hen it was just maintenance through Halloween and Carnival, bulking until Memorial Day and then lean down for Decadence for peak lean muscularity.
I do wonder, though, if having those goals made the workouts easier to focus on and stick to; not using those times as an endgame to work towards might have had something to do with the loss of intensity and interest in regular workouts, along with not caring as much about a healthier diet. Points to ponder.
We started watching the new Nicole Kidman HBO series The Undoing last night, and were quite taken in by it. Kidman is always a fine actress, and the rest of the cast, which includes Hugh Grant and Lily Rabe, is also quite good. We also are continuing with the very strange M. Night Shyamalan series Servant on Apple Plus, which continues to be very strange and remarkably disturbing. It’s quite good, creepy, and rather intense. I’m still not entirely certain I know what’s going on in that house, to be honest, and I’m also not really sure who I am supposed to be rooting for. The episode we watched last night, which primarily focused on Rupert Grint’s character, was rather confusing. But…it’s also M. Night Shyamalan, which means it’s probably intended to be confusing.
I slept very well last night, and I’m not sore this morning, which is, of course, always a plus. My muscles feel tired, in that good way from working them, rather than tight and tired from non-use. Today will be a day off from the gym–I still need to buy a lock to take with me–and then after work tomorrow I’ll walk over there and get in a workout. I’m thinking Saturdays will be the day when I go and use the aerobics studio for my own cardio workout–if, of course, I can still remember my routines from my classes all those years ago–and do weights on Sunday. It means rearranging and rescheduling my weekends so I can make sure I can still get things done and stay on top of things, but adding some structure to my weekends cannot be a bad thing. Structure is always important for me–as well as routine–and I feel like that is what has been missing in my life since the pandemic began–having some sort of structure and routine to keep up with.
The Saints managed to win yesterday–and it wasn’t a guarantee, either, until the final drive–and so we had a good Louisiana football weekend. I am quite pleased with how both LSU and the Saints played this weekend; although one can never be sure if the LSU win actually meant anything, to be honest. Sure, South Carolina managed to knock off Auburn the week before–but in this crazy college football season no teams (besides Clemson and Alabama) seem to have any kind of identity; they are all playing all over the map, and outside those two top teams, it seems like everyone else are all about the same–anyone can win over anyone on any given weekend. Should make the play-offs race interesting, and regardless, whoever winds up winning it all this year should have an asterisk next to their name because the season is shortened, weird, and staggered.
And the pandemic seems to be kicking into high gear yet again, just like the Spanish flu pandemic did all those years ago.
But I am trying something new: optimism. That was why I enjoyed Ted Lasso so much–the show was about kindness, understanding, and optimism–and while all of those things have been in short supply for this horrific year (partly why the show resonated so much; it served as a reminder of what we can be if we choose to be), I am going to try to keep all of those things in mind going forward…knowing full well there are going to be times when it’s not going to be easy to keep any of those mentalities and life philosophies in the forward part of my life and mind…but also understanding and trying to remember that it can be a choice.
And on that note, it is off to the spice mines. Have a lovely day, Constant Reader–I certainly intend to.
Dating Status- Boyfriend
Lily Rabe is off-the-market as she has been dating her long-time boyfriend, Hamish Linklater, since 2014.
The couple first met on the set of the 2010 production The Merchant of Venice. And four years later, Lily and Hamish finally began dating.
Now, the couple is parents to their baby girl, who was born in March 2017.
Prior to their relationship Lily Rabe’s boyfriend Hamish was a husband of Jessica Goldberg—they were married for a decade (from 2002 to 2012). The former couple even got blessed with a daughter named Lucinda Rose.
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everyone in this movie was a lesbian. everyone. they were all lesbians.
– maggie gyllenhall is an icon, also gay- love kirsten dunst films where shes kind of a bitch- connie’s baby bangs deserved better- the last scene had me ugly crying
Sappy-eyed Maggie Gyllenhaal + rich-bitch Kirsten Dunst feuding over the definition of art means this is a rare early-2000s treasure the Library of Congress needs to preserve so future generations of gay men + divorced women can discuss whether or not Julia Roberts‘ face can pull off ‚hats‘ or ‚chapeaus‘.
did someone call for an all-female dead poets society bc i definitely did
you’re telling me that joan and giselle aren’t lesbians? it’s just not realistic
teacher: turns on projector & turns lights offme: mona lisa smile (2003) ?
The lesbian subtext was so strong in this movie with so many different characters that it made me actively angry that none of them actually were.
Honestly I really enjoyed this and the cast was so stacked full of talent. I had heard this described as the “female dead poet’s society” and I can definitely see that comparison, but I think these were tackling different ideas.
I actually like a lot of what this movie was saying in regards to feminism and a woman’s right to choose her own lifestyle and that she should have agency over her career and her marriage and her body. I think it’s a bit of an issue that this movie specifically only discusses these issues in regards to very wealthy white women, though. I think that really holds in back from saying anything actually insightful or new.
Art History, Feminist Discourse and LITERALLY every white female actress early 2000’s Hollywood had to offer, if only this film had achieved the same iconic status as ‚Dead Poets Society‘
The crowd boos. I begin to walk off in shame, when a voice speaks and commands silence from the room.
„He’s right“ they say. I look for the owner of the voice. There in the 5th row stands: Julia Roberts herself
I had forgotten I had seen this until I started watching it, and many things became very familiar, but the line about the Joneses sealed it. Who knew, I had seen McNulty years before I ever watched .
Anyway, the film gets right that choosing to be a housewife is not a defeat for women (the act of choosing is the important thing), but of course, it couches this all in liberalism, bourgeois universities, and whiteness. There is critique of the conservatism of bourgeois institutions like Wellesley, but it’s a weak one, one that calls for reform and not something more substantial.
It also concedes to the conservative views to a certain extent at times, especially when it comes…
“I thought I was headed to a place that would turn out tomorrow’s leaders, not their wives!” ?♀️
this was incredible. art and raging feminist julia roberts <3
el final me dejo sensible uwu la peli es re linda, amo a julia roberts y el resto de las actrices tambn, reinas hermosas de mi vida pero habiendo tanta energia lésbica medio paja q nadie haya terminado en pareja igual logico porq ta situada siete décadas atras no se yo la recomiendo veanla
feminismo branco né. não é ruim, é normal. Romance e um pouco de arte não aprofundada, apenas isso.
Watched for class, pretty good! Pretty stacked cast. Almost like a girl Dead Poets Society which is cool. Also kinda gayyyyyy Maggie G and Kirsten Dunst wereee…
Rewatching at our lovely beach get-away in Bay City, OR for the first in forever surprised me. Does its feminism (that of rich white ladies) fall short in 2021? Of course. But this only reinforces how much this movie is a product of its time, both its script (2003) and that it’s set at Wellesley in the mid-1950s.
4 ⭐️‘s though instead 3.5 for a few key reasons I really wish we saw more of:
1) It’s a matter of taste, but I love movies like this that take the ideas and tropes of character studies and try and see what happens when we apply them to a bunch of connected people (group study?). Character studies often seem to…
Thank you to my Philosophy of Education teacher for giving this assignment to make me cringe the whole time. I’ve never ever hated anything like I hated the state of mind oriented around patriarchy and women who have it. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
Women are amazing. There is so much power in this cast – Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles among the big names that this sweet, empowering film boasts. It’s not just “female Dead Poet’s Society” though – as many people have labelled it – it’s about defining art and making art out of the perspectives we hold through everyday life. Not just that but it’s a film that bases much of itself around conversations on art history and feminism, which I find majorly fascinating to experience through the near-2 hour runtime. The appeal of such eye-opening, modishly relevant and intellectually stimulating conversations, along with the overall comfort this film provides through resonant characters, really makes it such an…
giselle mounting connie trying to make out with her is the only good part of this movie
i luv you Julia roberts and im never getting married thanks to you and i also luv you topher grace even though you were an asshole in this movie
Lisa Gay Hamilton and Lily Rabe play women struggling to overcome past traumas in Britta Sjogren’s Northern California-set drama.
Strong performances by Lily Rabe and Lisa Gay Hamilton aren’t quite enough to redeem Redemption Trail, director/screenwriter Britta Sjogren’s slow-moving drama about two troubled women dealing with fateful incidents in their pasts. Although gorgeously photographed in a variety of scenic Northern California locations, this film, which won the Audience Award at last year’s Mill Valley Film Festival, suffers from its stilted narrative and clunky execution.
Hamilton plays Tess, the reclusive manager of a Sonoma vineyard whose contradictory personality is immediately evident from the opening scenes in which she’s seen both meditating serenely on a rock and harshly confronting a pair of trespassers with a loaded shotgun. It’s soon revealed that Tess, who lives off the grid, is the daughter of a murdered Black Panther revolutionary and is still on parole after serving a prison sentence for murder.
We’re alternately introduced to prosperous Oakland couple David (Hamish Linklater) and Anna (Rabe), a Berkeley college professor and doctor, respectively, and their adorable eight-year-old daughter, Ruby (Asta Sjogren-Uyehara). The couple’s blissful domestic life, depicted in the film’s slow first half-hour, is rudely shattered by Ruby’s death from a horse riding accident.
The principal female characters’ lives merge some time later when Tess comes upon an unconscious Anna, who has unsuccessfully tried to hang herself, in the vineyard. Despite her innate distrust of the authorities, Tess incongruously agrees to shelter the grief-stricken stranger, keeping her hidden even when her frantic husband shows up in the area with an armful of “Missing” posters. Even more incongruously, Anna immediately seems to abandon her suicidal impulses despite coming upon Tess’ loaded handgun.
Things become further complicated with the arrival of John (Jake Weber), Tess’ rich British employer and long-distance lover, and his young daughter Juliet (Juliette Stubbs). John soon becomes aware of Anna’s true identity and is put uncomfortably in the middle when David suddenly shows up demanding to see his wife.
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Although the story would seem to hinge on Tess and Anna helping each other overcome their past traumas, this aspect is left curiously undeveloped in Sjogren’s screenplay, which instead concentrates on such subplots as John’s seeking a deeper romantic commitment from Tess and a violent incident involving her Spanish female employees and some local bad guys.
Languorously paced and overly dependent on a series of awkwardly inserted and overly stylized flashbacks and dream sequences, the film never quite lives up to its dramatic potential. Neither the sketchy narrative nor the interpersonal dynamics are particularly believable, with the result that the actors are forced to try awfully hard to fill in the emotional blanks. To their credit, they largely succeed, with Hamilton delivering a particularly impressive, quietly restrained performance that never strikes any overly obvious notes and Rabe, Linklater and Weber proving equally effective at conveying their characters’ quiet anguish. But despite their fine efforts, Redemption Trail seems to lead to nowhere in particular.
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AMAZON PRIME | Flack
Also London-set, the first two seasons of the dramedy Flack give Anna Paquin a juicier role to work with (and no hambone Southern accent) than her long stint on HBO’s True Blood did.
She plays Robyn, a publicist and fixer for the rich, famous and irresponsible, arranging a quick engagement for a secretly gay soccer star, or untangling the many affairs of a celebrated, married cookbook author. Of course Robyn herself isn’t immune to the lure of drugs and sex with clients, even though she’s married to the impossibly goodhearted guy you only find in shows like this. It’s Scandal meets The Devil Wears Prada (Robyn’s ice-queen boss is played by the great Sophie Okonedo and the bitchy Emily Blunt role is played by Lydia Wilson). I didn’t believe a bit of the episodes I watched, driven by overly snarky dialogue. But it’s a guilty pleasure, showing us the sort of glamorous city and lifestyle not available to most of us right now.
NETFLIX | Capitani
In the European-small-town-soap-opera-with-murder-in-the-mix category (I need one of these pretty regularly), I enjoyed the Luxembourg-set Capitani (12 episodes, with English subtitles). Luc Schiltz plays the title role, a big-city inspector who (yes, you’re familiar with this plotline) comes to a small town to solve the death of a teenage girl, whose twin sister has gone missing. The fictional village is the sort of place where everyone knows everyone else’s business, but no one seems to have been in a position to know what happened the night Jenny (Jil Devresse, who also plays sis Tanja) fell or was pushed from a cliff.
Naturally, Capitani’s presence in the town isn’t accidental. We come to learn that the local innkeeper, Sofia, was previously known as Carla (Brigitte Urhausen), an erstwhile drug runner whose boss was killed 15 years ago with a firearm registered to Capitani, her then-boyfriend. Oops. Also, naturally, there’s a corrupt mayor who may be doing dirty, druggy things in an isolated forest cabin (he’s also the girls’ dad), a village idiot (or, as he would be now known, a differently abled locally sourced individual) who may have seen more than he can say, and the usual crime-procedural shenanigans. The show offers a vicarious trip to Europe, and with most episodes coming in under 30 minutes, it moves swiftly.
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In a world that told them how to think, she showed them how to live
The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women’s private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, United States.