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Thursday
May 17 2018

Months of Meryl: The House of the Spirits (1993)

JohnandMattheware watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.


#20 —
Clara del Valle Trueba,paranormal matriarch of a prosperous South American family.

JOHN: Yes,paranormal.But please,take your expectations about Meryl Streep as psychic (and Glenn Close as her scorned,sexually repressed sister-in-law) that may be levitating midair and place them firmly on the ground.Actually,go ahead and place them below the Earth's surface,and then you might be ready to endure one of the absolute worst films Streep has ever been caught in.The House of the Spirits,an adaptation of Isabel Allende's titular novel,chronicles the tumultuous history of the Trueba family,a prosperous South American dynasty headed by Esteban Trueba (Jeremy Irons),a peasant turned plantation owner turned conservative senator,who marries Clara del Valle (Streep),the youngest daughter of a wealthy,liberal family,and did I mention that she can move things with her mind and predict the future?

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Wednesday
Mar 07 2018

Lesley Manville isn't done with awards shows just yet.

by Nathaniel R

Did you know that Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) is currently treading the boards in London?She's nominated for a Best Actress Olivier Award for playing Mary Tyrone in the Eugene O'Neill dramaLong Day's Journey Into Night(a classic role which already scored an Oscar nod for Katharine Hepburn and a Tony for Jessica Lange).Her last performance is the day of the Oliviers (April 8th) after which she presumably gets a wee break before coming back to America in May.She and Jeremy Irons will do the same show againat BAM in Brooklynfor American audiences.

Lesley's "Mary"is up against Imelda Staunton's "Martha"inWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?!CLASH OF THE EPIC ROLES.If Imelda loses that contest to Lesley (they've both won Oliviers before) she still has another chance to win.She's double-nominated as she's also up for Best Actress in a Musical forFollies.Complete list of Olivier nominations here.

Wednesday
Feb 21 2018

JLaw gets the last word

by Nathaniel R

Did you see Jennifer Lawrence's jaw-dropping Versace at the London photocall forRed Sparrow?Apparently when the photo came out social media erupted,articles were written,etcetera (somehow I personally missed this but blink-and-you'll-miss-a-controversy).People were outraged on her behalf about the sexualization of women while the men stay dressed and all that (we've seen a million examples of this happening so it's easy for all the very dumb to spot now).Some of the people who called it out did have a good sense of humor about it --suggesting that Jeremy Irons wear assless chaps?Hee!

(But,you know,he probably would if you asked him.He hasn't actually been shy about his own beauty onscreen.Look it up.)

Still instant outrage is usually problematic.The world's highest paid female movie star ispissedthat people made a big deal of it,writing on her facebook account...

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Thursday
Feb 08 2018

Months of Meryl: The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

Hi,we'reJohnandMattand,icymi,we are watching every single live-action film starring Streep...

#6 —Sarah Woodruff,an outcast of ill repute in Victorian England,and Anna,the philandering actress playing her...

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Friday
Jun 10 2016

Alexander the Great and Judy the Greatest

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

323 BCAlexander the Great dies of an unknown illness.Colin Farrell plays him in a movie centuries and centuries later and it's suggested that it's a combo of Typhus,Bad Wigs,and Loving Jared Leto that does him in.Who could survive that combo?(Remember when Baz Luhrmann was going to make anAlexandermovie,too,but Oliver Stone beat him to it?We wish it had been the other way around.)
38 ADJulia Drusilla dies in Rome.In the infamous Bob Guccione movieCaligula(1979) her brother Caligula (Malcom McDowell) is shown licking her corpse.Somehow that's not remotely the most perverted thing in the movie!
1692Bridget Bishop is executed for "Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries."She's the first victim of the notorious Salem Witch Trials that will claim many lives and inspire many works of art includingThe CrucibleandThe VVitchand so on.

1889Sessue Hayakawa is born in Japan,becomes an international silent screen superstar.Later Oscar nominated forThe Bridge on the River Kwai(1957)
1895Hattie McDaniel is born.Becomes a major studio player in Hollywood,the first black actor to win an Oscar,and appears in many classic films albeit as The Help.We only wish Monique were ambitious about her film career and would work on that biopic that was suggested.It'd be so rich.
1901Frederick Loewe is born.Meets Alan Jay Lerner 41 years later and the rest is movie and stage musical history:My Fair Lady,Brigadoon,Gigi,Camelot,etcetera...
1922Frances Ethel Gumm is born.BecomesJudy Garland,"The World's Greatest Entertainer"and one of the greatest movie stars of all time.(Easytop ten for me.How about you?) We hope you're enjoying Anne-Marie's current series "Judy by the Numbers".
1936Soyuzmultfilm,influential animation studio of the former Soviet Union,is founded
1963Sex god Tony Ward is born.Becomes super model,Madonna plaything ("Justify My Love"/ "Sex"),and Bruce La Bruce'sHustler White(1996)
1974Dustin Lance Black is born.Later wins the Oscar for writingMilk(2008) but,weirdly,no one threatens to take the statue back when he writesJ Edgar(2011)

1985Claus von Bulow is acquitted on attempted murder charges of his heiress wife.Jeremy Irons wins an Oscar playing him inReversal of Fortunejust five years later while the heiress wife (Glenn Close) narrates the morbid proceedings.Quibblers,including me,suggest that the Oscar was in part for that awfulDead Ringers(1988) snub two years prior.
1988Big Businessopens starring two Lily Tomlins and two Bette Midlers.Double the pleasure
2003Wickedopens on Broadway.It goes on to gross billions.Still no movie in sight and it'll already be old hat by the time we get one.(sigh)
2007The final episode ofTheSopranoscuts to black.Do you ever think about that show now?

Wednesday
Feb 05 2014

Is Jeremy Irons Put 'Out to Pasture' as Pennyworth?

[Editors Note: I am pleased to welcome new contributorDiana Drummto The Film Experience.亚博主页The benefit of fresh voices?They often have subjects to opine on that we haven't run into the ground already here at TFE.Like this consideration of Jeremy Irons,late in his career.Enjoy!- Nathaniel]


Last week,the internet announced,buzzed and trounced the news of Jesse Eisenberg signing on to play Lex Luthor in the upcomingBatman vs.Superman.(Insert maniacal mastermind Mark Zuckerberg joke.) Less buzzed about,but part of the same announcement,Jeremy Irons is set to play Alfred Pennyworth.Seriously.Jeremy "Scar is an unknowing introduction to masochism"Irons.Brushing aside millenial Disney hang-ups,Jeremy Irons is a glorious figure of bygone British manhood and Alfred Pennyworth is...A different sort of bygone British manhood.

Lithe yet powerful,languid yet vital,vulnerable yet undeniably masculine.As an actor,Irons's performances take on a seductive quality,with an earnest veneer covering an implicit rascaliness or vice versa or a muddled mix of both.With a bewildered look as powerful as a forceful growl,he (his innate talent,his RSC work,his Oscar) is being wasted.

Not that he's the first thesp to be called in as a ringer for a blockbuster (or that this is his first time on the merry-go-round --Eragon,Beautiful Creatures,etc.)...

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