Call it what you will… I call it a post dedicated to the always great, very beautiful, extremely talented Ashley Judd. Here’s my five favorite movies from her filmography…
5. DIVINE SISTERS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD.
Yes, I watched it and, yes, I actually liked it. I can’t say that I’m in the target demographic of this film or that I would recommend to the boys in the locker room. Still, I pride myself on seeing every decent looking movie that gets released and this is one that made me nervous going in but ended up being a good story. The cast alone (Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, James Garner, etc.) should make it worth a watch.
4. DOUBLE JEOPARDY.
One of the highlights from Ashley Judd’s string of forgettable thrillers in the late 90s. I don’t know that I would call this so much a great film as I would call it a great cable movie. Something to kill time when it comes on TNT like a nice comfort food. Tommy Lee Jones is, of course, always great to see in films. Ultimately, it makes my list for being such a great premise. The idea of being able to kill a man and not be tried because you were all ready falsely convicted of said crime is just kind of brilliant.
Probably Judd’s best performance of her career. I was absolutely shocked there was no Oscar buzz around her when this film came out. The sadder part is I don’t think many people are aware of this film and even far too many more have failed to actually see it. The story itself might actually work better as a play, as the story unfolds primarily in a glorified hotel room, and may very well have been adapted from one. If you’ve not seen it, do yourself a favor. William Friedkin (The Exorcist) crafts an awesome tale of two people’s descent into paranoia and codependency. Also features great performances from Harry Connick, Jr. and an unknown Michael Shannon.
2. KISS THE GIRLS.
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE ASHLEY JUDD THRILLER! Actually, this is one of my favorite thrillers period. I don’t want to say too much because there are some spoilers involving a bit of a twist ending so I’ll leave that alone. I’ll just say that I think people forget how good a film this was or that it even exists. The fact that the poster looks identical to Double Jeopardy doesn’t help. It also features the wonderful Mr. Morgan Freeman. Find it and see it if you haven’t all ready.
Does anyone else find it funny that the film she did right before this was called Smoke?
I hate picking a film like this in the number one spot. A film where the subject of the list is more of a supporting player as opposed to a lead. Though, she does have a hefty part and the film is so good I can hardly ignore it. The cast of this is stellar and there are many outstanding moments including DeNiro and Pacino finally sharing screen time and one of the greatest shootouts in movie history. I will say that Judd has one of my favorite scenes in the film where she drags her finger across a rail to signal her husband (played by Val Kilmer) that the police are setting a trap for him. Watch it and tell me that’s not a cool touch.
Remember, we here at Man, I Love Films don’t do definitive lists. We do our favorites and we want to hear yours. So, make sure and tell us about them in the comments section below.