CERTAIN WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone, James Le Gros, Rene Auberjonois, Jared Harris, John Getz. Based on the 2009 short story collection Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It written by Maile Meloy Certain Women is structured around three stories that briefly intersect. They are all set in the small town of Livingston, Montana. The three stories follow the emotional turmoil, the hopes and disappointments, and loneliness experienced by the characters. But this is a quiet introspective Continue reading

CERTAIN WOMEN: KELLY REICHARDT’S AMERICA – interview with ACMI film programmer Kristy Matheson

by GREG KING ACMI is thrilled to once again champion the work of American director Kelly Reichardt, with an exclusive limited season of her latest film Certain Women, which stars Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and newcomer Lily Gladstone. The film is based on short stories from Maile Meloy’s collection Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It. The limited season will also feature return screenings of some of her earlier films – Old Joy, Wendy And Lucy, and the western Meek’s Cutoff. Greg speaks to ACMI programmer Kristy Matheson about these special Continue reading

MEEK’S CUTOFF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson, Will Patton, Paul Dano, Ron Rondeaux. Unlike other westerns that have dealt with the westward expansion (Westward Ho The Wagons, etc), Meeks’s Cutoff deals with some weighty themes like the struggle for survival, racism and religion. Meek’s Cutoff is an unconventional western that concentrates more on the role of women, who have often been marginalised in the traditional westerns of yesteryear. This shifts the whole dynamic and framework of the genre, Continue reading