Tag Archives: Meryl Streep

Jonathan Demme 1944-2017

Director Jonathan Demme died today, 73 years old. In the clip above, he and Paul Thomas Anderson (who’s a big fan) talk about the creative process behind Demme’s films at the 2015 Austin Film Festival. If you want to learn more about The Silence of the Lambs (1991), go ahead and listen. Born in Baldwin, New … Continue reading Jonathan Demme 1944-2017

Manhattan: Rhapsody in Black and White

After finishing Manhattan, Woody Allen was desperately unhappy with the results. It went so far that Allen begged United Artists not to release it, offering to make another movie for free as long as Manhattan didn’t see the light of day. Fortunately, the studio refused the offer and released what has become one of the … Continue reading Manhattan: Rhapsody in Black and White

Florence Foster Jenkins

THE INSPIRING TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S WORST SINGER. In 1944, pianist Cosmé McMoon (Simon Helberg) is hired to accompany New York City socialite and amateur soprano Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) and learns to his great amusement that she can’t get one tone right. The real-life story of Jenkins who loved music, was encouraged … Continue reading Florence Foster Jenkins

DNC Refuting the Unique Threat of Trump

The third evening of the Democratic convention is about to begin and  things are looking bright in the battle between good and evil. That kind of talk would be hyperbole during any normal election cycle, but this year everything is different. The Republican presidential nominee has already made it clear on many occasions that he is, … Continue reading DNC Refuting the Unique Threat of Trump

Suffragette

MOTHERS. DAUGHTERS. REBELS. One day in 1912, East End laundress Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) accidentally finds herself in a suffragette riot and becomes drawn into an increasingly more violent struggle for women’s rights. After portraying a Conservative icon in The Iron Lady (2011), writer Abi Morgan took on the suffragette movement and showed the consequences … Continue reading Suffragette

Julia: The Girl Who Went Out on a Limb

THE STORY OF TWO WOMEN EHOSE FRIENDSHIP SUDDENLY BECAME A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.  When Vanessa Redgrave was Oscar-nominated for this film, she faced heavy criticism from the Jewish Defense League, an organization whose objective is to fight anti-Semitism in America, but it has often resorted to violence and terrorism and been labeled a … Continue reading Julia: The Girl Who Went Out on a Limb

Hugh Grant Turns 55 – And His Career Should Change

This clip from 1995 is quite legendary, as it has Hugh Grant trying to explain on The Tonight Show what he was thinking when he was arrested for having sex with a prostitute. That was 20 years ago and a lot has changed since. The eternal bachelor has now become a father of three with two women, … Continue reading Hugh Grant Turns 55 – And His Career Should Change

From Religion to Porn to Horror Greatness

One of the world’s great horror directors, Wes Craven, has passed away at the age of 76. In the clip above, he talks to Fangoria about the forbidding environment of his Christian upbringing and what role it played as he became a filmmaker. It is certainly easy to trace that negative influence to his films, … Continue reading From Religion to Porn to Horror Greatness

The Homesman

In the 19th century Nebraska Territory, spinster Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) volunteers to transport three women who have lost their minds back east, and enlists the help of a man (Tommy Lee Jones) she saves from being hanged. A genre-bending Western from Jones who succeeds in combining immense pain in the story with a sense … Continue reading The Homesman

Carey Mulligan at 30: Fighting for Women

Carey Mulligan turns 30 years old today, so congratulations are in order. In the clip above, she’s interviewed by Simon Mayo and they’re talking about one of Mulligan’s most recent endeavors, Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd”. She has received praise for her interpretation of Bathsheba Everdene, and tells Mayo … Continue reading Carey Mulligan at 30: Fighting for Women

Into the Woods

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.    Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall is the right person to bring this complex Broadway musical to the big screen. Assembling a variety of famous characters from Grimm Brothers fairy tales, the story sends them into the forbidding woods and explores what drives their actions. A few changes … Continue reading Into the Woods

Heartburn

THEY THOUGHT IT WAS LOVE. IT WAS REALLY HEARTBURN. New York City food writer Rachel Samstat (Meryl Streep) and columnist Mark Forman (Jack Nicholson) fall in love and start a family… but she soon learns that he’s back to his old womanizing ways. Nora Ephron based the novel on her own experiences with Carl Bernstein, … Continue reading Heartburn