Meryl wasn't able to go to the BAFTAS yesteray either. Something is up. I hope she isn't seriously ill.
"The River Wild" - it isn't even in your poll!
or "Dark Matter"
I do like "Falling in Love"
What? No Death Becomes Her?
R4 Maeve, do you hate her, or what?
Thanks, OP, for starting this most necessary poll.
Thank you, OP-by-proxy!
Once again, a brilliant plan of mine has to fruition, with the help of one of my many supporters.
*Big Kiss*, especially for you!
Oh, and I believe "House of the Spirits" is her most overlooked work.
She is SUPERB in it, as is Glenn Close.
The film may be flawed, and the awful Winona Ryder is in it as well. Never a good thing.
But Meryl and Glenn are both fantastic!
Anyone saying Meryl cannot do 'sensual' (how preposterous!) MUST see "House of the Spirits"... she mops the floor with Jessica Lange at her most carnal. And then some.
I second 'Death Becomes Her'. Meryl at her comedic best.
Would someone please start this thread for me: "Which of Meryl's performances reminds you most of Norma Shearer?"
Kisses, doll! TIA!!!
r11, we've got "Death Becomes Her" in the Meryl Greatest Hits thread, currently on DL's page one.
You can vote over there.
"Death Becomes Her" isn't overlooked at all; "Falling in Love" and "Dancing at Lughnasa" is overlooked work of hers.
This thread is for fat people, isn't it?
the "There will be days and days and days like this" scene at the end of Plenty is one of her great moments on film (especially knowing what we had seen in the scene before)
God, She Devil sucked -- everything about it sucked. You should try to get hold of the British mini series. That was fantastic.
Meryl is great at comedy. She-Devil gave us the first glimpse of what was to come with Death Becomes Her and Devil Wears Prada.
That alone makes the film worth watching.
Meryl said it was her least favorite film, but I think she was fantastic in "Still of the Night."
A Prairie Home Companion wasn't Altman's best work by a long shot but Meryl's performance was really subtle and understated. She was fantastic with Lily Tomlin despite Lilo's shiteous presence.
No it wasn't, r17. Anyone who saw he UK miniseries puked in the first 15 minutes of Meryl's, regardless of how "good" she was in comedy.
Didn't Meryl also hate Holocaust and called it a piece of shit? Think I read that here. An award winning piece of shit at least that got her her first major award.
R16 Meryl thought that too and IIRC on a UK radio interview at the time seemed disappointed it wasn't more like that TV series with Patrica Hodge (who also played Thatcher) which is why she signed on.
She was great as Bernardine in Waiting to Exhale.
R14 = Jame Gumb
You can't overlook a Meryl "performance".
Kate, with four Best actress oscars
Stay in the closet and in your crypt, Katharine Hepburn.
While we're at it with all the Meryl threads, why not have a "What is the most overrated Meryl performance?" thread.
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Has there been a thread on "What is your favorite Meryl accent?"
Overlooked or unjustly overlooked?
Yet again: "Adaptation"
R27 here. I referred to "Evil Angels" where La Streep managed a tolerable Aussie accent. I note that no one has mentioned this obscure film.
This is a very necessary thread.
"And besides, I have supporters who start threads for me. It strokes my ego"
I have started several (thought not all) threads requested by the Streep Troll, I admit, although I am not one of his "supporters", and I am not one of his FAAAAANS! (just wanted to throw that in). I don't do it to stroke his ego, although it may have that effect. I do it because I have a type of pity for him as he reminds me of a young alcoholic, obsessive ex-boyfriend of mine who I dumped despite the fact that I had a deep fondness for him. I see the same neediness, insecurity and approval seeking in both. I can recognize Streep Troll's writing style even when he doesn't sign his posts, and it reminds me of my ex's. Much like my ex, I also think Streep Troll is poor. I will continue to create his requested threads to indulge him as I did my ex or as I would do for a petulant child.
If you are being sarcastic, then why are you reading/ responding ???
I shit in the OP's mouth.
"Its French for dog puke!"
Marvin's Room, the most overlooked, considering it didn't make either poll but was much discussed in the other thread.
To my dear benefactor at r33 - and to any paying member reading this:
could you please implement what r28 suggested? A poll thread entitled:
"What is your favorite Meryl accent?"
That way, we'd have a *perfect trifecta* of Meryl threads: favorite performance (greatest hits), favorite overlooked performance, and favorite accent.
Poll options should be:
1) Polish & German in 'Sophie's Choice', 2) Danish in 'Out of Africa', 3) Aussie/Kiwi hybrid in 'A Cry in the Dark', 4) Italian in 'Bridges of Madison County', 5) Texan in 'Silkwood', 6) Midwestern in 'A Prairie Home Companion', 7) Bronx in 'Doubt', 8) Irish in 'Dancing at Lughnasa', 9) British RP in 'Plenty/French Lft/Iron Lady', 10) Julia Childese in 'Julie & Julia'.
Yes, that's a lot of stuff to type. But it is very necessary, and you are needed!
Think of your poor ex, think of my important trollish work here, and get going !!!
*Kisses* and TIA!
r29: no Meryl performance can ever be justly overlooked. So your question is moot.
r30: she received an Oscar nomination for 'Adaptation', therefore the performance wasn't overlooked. It doesn't belong in this thread.
r37: point taken.
Well, now we've got three Meryl threads!
Thanks again for creating the perfect trifecta!
Meryl Oscar day, everybody!
Meryl Oscar day, everybody!
Voted for "Plenty," which I had completely forgotten about. LOVED everything about it when it came out. Especially Tracey Ullman, whom I adored
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What's the deal with Ironweed? It got nominated for an Oscar in a strong year, but that's all it got and was for once overlooked by the Golden Globes.
I've heard many say it's one of her best performances but a Meryl loon told me it was one she shouldn't have been nominated for, along with Music from the Heart where "she got a nomination for learning to play the violin".
She has so many nominations that some are forgotten about and underrated in a sense.
r46, no self-respecting Meryl loon would ever tell you that 'Ironweed' and 'Music of the Heart' (not 'from the Heart') were undeserverd nominations.
If they did, they were indeed loony.
'Ironweed' in particular is one of her stongest performances evah.
Some of her nominations may be less remembered these days, but that doesn't mean they're overloooked. As soon as somebody gets nominated, they become a footnote of Hollywood history - therefore their work is not 'overlooked', per definitionem.
Nicholson too was nominated for 'Ironweed' btw. And he LOVED her performance in that film, has said so many times.
Streep Troll: what do you think of rumors that Meryl bedded several of her co-stars? She is still my favorite leading lady.
I don't think they're true, r48.
She's a cancer. Naturally devoted to her husband.
If she were gemini or aries, I would think differently.
I agree. I admired her minimalism at this year's Oscars. Can't wait for "August: Osage County."
She was bad in Ironweed: if ever you want to see a performance, aside from Doubt, that confirms the "click click click" charge, that's it.
Her most overlooked is Postcards from the Edge. Even though she was nommed people don't often mention it as a high point of her career.
But she's hilarious from start to finish. Some people say Maclaine steals it but I disagree. Maclaine's great fun but not better than Streep. Pauline Kael, of course, hated her as usual. I personally think she was far funnier in Postcards than Prada.
In fact, if Kathy Bates had not been in the running I think I'd have given the Oscar to Streep for that. Although Anjelica Huston was pretty fantastic too in The Grifters. The sad thing is if today's sorry standards of barrel-bottom-scraping had been applied to that line-up then, the winner would've been, without a doubt, Julia Roberts in the wretched romcom Pretty Woman.
Pauline Kael got a lot of mileage out of disliking Meryl Streep. So much so that people often remember that more than Pauline Kael. Hepburn trashing Streep and Glenn Close from the grave seemed so ... petty. It made me dislike her for authorizing such a thing before she croaked.
PS, I agree about Postcards from the Edge. It may end up being remembered as one of her great performances.
Meryl Streep playing Leilah in the filmed version of Uncommon Women and Others.
Which was MY role in the original stage production!!!
I am hoping that Streep announces a bunch of new interesting work. She tends to group her projects and work a bunch, and then take off time. She has not really worked since last Summer.
Uh, r56? She shot 'August: Osage County' last FALL, into December. What are you talking about?
Also, Meryl usually does one film per year, sometimes two. Your idea she does a 'bundle of them' and then takes time off is completely... wrong.
r51: I thought the same thing recently. If Misery and Pretty Woman had come out last year, Kathy Bates would have stood no chance of winning that Oscar. They'd have thrown it at Julia.
Anybody claiming the Oscars 'have always been like this' doesn't know what they're talking about. They only need to compare 1990 with today, or indeed when Debra Winger was nominated (and lost) at the height of her fame, c. 1982. NO WAY would Winger or Roberts have lost had they been nominated this year, because fame trumps substance every single time now.
Things HAVE changed, but not for the better.
And Julia Roberts was even bigger in 1990 than what JLaw is today.
I love her in The Hours. A tough role and she pulled it off; never shirking the callousness but still making her recognizable, interesting and someone you could genuinely care about.
Would it shock you to know that I have quite the healthy libido? Wouldn't you shag someone famous and hot for the thrill of it? It's what you are seeing captured on camera. Real love.