“Incendiary” by Sharon Maguire (UK, 2008)


Some good camera work and dialogues, but an incoherent script

Cast: Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor, Matthew Macfadyen
Director: Sharon Maguire
Writers: Chris Cleave (novel), Sharon Maguire
Music by Barrington Pheloung, Shigeru Umebayashi
Cinematography by Ben Davis
Film Editing by Valerio Bonelli


“The Secret Life Of Bees” by Gina Prince-Bythewood (USA, 2008)

The Secret Life Of Bees

A weaker work in this director’s oeuvre, with unconvincing cast, situations, and dialogues

Cast: Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Bettany
Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers
Film Editing by Terilyn A. Shropshire

“Thirteen” by Catherine Hardwicke (USA, 2003)


A world in which men are central but absent

Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Jeremy Sisto, Brady Corbet
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Written by Hardwicke, Nikki Reed
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh, Brian Zarate
Cinematography by Elliot Davis
Film Editing by Nancy Richardson

“Strange Weather” by Katherine Dieckmann (USA, 2016)

Strange Weather by Katherine Dieckmann (2016)

Excellent acting, good dialogues, contrived script

Cast: Holly Hunter, Carrie Coon, Kim Coates, Glenne Headly, Johnny McPhail
Director: Katherine Dieckmann
Writer: Katherine Dieckmann
Cinematographer: David Rush Morrison
Editor: Madeleine Gavin
Composer: Sharon Van Etten

“Paris Can Wait” by Eleanor Coppola (USA, 2016)

Paris Can Wait

An American woman tries to find her way between a husband who does not listen to her and a friend who wants to seduce her

Cast: Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard, Alec Baldwin
Director: Eleanor Coppola
Writer: Eleanor Coppola
Cinematographer: Crystel Fournier
Editor: Glen Scantlebury
Composer: Laura Karpman

“Lolo” by Julie Delpy (France, 2015)

Lolo by Julie Delpy (2015)

A bad script that sharp dialogues and a whiff of humor can’t save

Cast: Julie Delpy, Dany Boon, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard, Antoine Lounguine
Director: Julie Delpy
Writer: Julie Delpy, Eugénie Grandval
Cinematographer: Thierry Abrogast
Editor: Virginie Bruant
Composer: Matthieu Lamboley

“Band Aid” by Zoe Lister Jones (USA, 2017)

Band Aid

Dialogues, humor, and performances save script weaknesses

Cast: Zoe Lister Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Erinn Hayes
Director: Zoe Lister Jones
Writer: Zoe Lister Jones
Cinematographer: Hillary Spera
Editor: Libby Cuenin