a woman under the influence

Today is the day I introduce a new feature on Cute & Delicious, one that I’ve been wanting to share for some time now.

I love movies. Adore them.

The truth is, I like movies more than cooking fancy recipes or riding bikes or knitting or sewing. Shawn and I watch a lot of movies. Countless. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you might have heard about our Halloween movie parties where we’ve watched horror movies for days straight without stopping (or sleeping).

Since movies are such a big part of my life and I wanted to incorporate that love a little bit more on the blog. I’ll be featuring a few films here and there that I love, just to share them with you all.

I’m starting with one of the most amazing films Woman Under the Influence It’s a portrait of a slightly eccentric woman, but also a peek into a family in 1974. While many of Cassavetes’ films are dominated by a male presence, this film is really an ode to Gena Rowlands.

I was completely captivated by this film the first time I saw it. Rowlands seamlessly portrays a woman who is on the brink of normalcy, just a touch stranger than everyone else. It is uncomfortable to see her act out, but you love her all the same. You can see how her husband, played by Peter Falk, loves her just as much because of her quirks as in spite of them. It is an intimate story of a family that could be like any other but just isn’t quite. (more…)