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Thursday
Oct 25 2018

Months of Meryl: The Iron Lady (2011)

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

#43 —Margaret Thatcher,the polarizing British prime minister.

MATTHEW: After decades of heavy speculation about when,notif,Meryl Streep would finally win her third Academy Award,the most widely admired actress of all time picked up another trophy for a performance that may best be remembered as a textbook study in How to Win an Oscar.Despite stiff,down-to-the-wire competition fromThe Help's eminently deserving Viola Davis,who transcended lackluster material in much the same way that Streep herself did inher most acclaimed tour de force,the actress sailed to victory after a season's worth of ovations and exposure.The months preceding Streep's first Oscar win in nearly 30 years found the acting legend accepting her eighth Golden Globe,her fourth New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress,her second BAFTA Film Award,her very firstVoguecover story,a Kennedy Center Honors lifetime achievementtribute,and endless publicity concerning one of the most challenging roles of her late career,that of Margaret Thatcher in what should rightfully be called Phyllida Lloyd'sThe Iron Lady,but might just as suitably be described as Meryl Streep'sThe Iron Lady.And when one truly considers the sheer size and notoriety of the role,who could have possibly topped Streep that year?Conversely,when truly considering the actual performance that returned Streep to Oscar glory,away from all the myth/history-making hubbub that surrounded it,one could be forgiven for wondering,Is that all there is?

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Wednesday
Nov 04 2015

Topic Du Jour: Female Directors

If you haven't read Vulture's list of100 female directors Hollywood could be hiringyou should.It's a great 'shut your mouth' argument for those suits that hilariously say 'well,wewouldhire female directorsif there were any!' Bless Kyle Buchanan for spearheading this -- though I hope he had interns helping.Naturally there will be passionate responses.Diversity arguments will always promote some degree of snark -- see Anthony Mackie's recent comments aboutthe Black Panther movie's search for a director-- and nitpicking,including here.

But we nitpick with love.

David Poland argues that "strategy,"not shaming,is what's requiredand that statistics and math won't help.He neglects to detail the strategy though.As for myself I (mostly) love the list and think it's important that a wake up call like this is out there -- whatdidhappen to Laverne herself,Penny Marshall,who directed so many huge hits in the 80s and 90s?It's smart to make the list far reaching and extensive but some of the people are not reasonable for an argument either because their careers have been over for so long or because...wait for it...they aren't good directors.(Obviouslythere are many bad directors with penises who get lots of work.But we'd like them to find other jobs,too!)

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