RE: Latest episode (#9, “The Coat Hanger”) and AHS in general:
Once again, Lange was/is the best in show. A show, I might add, that seems to be turning increasingly vicious and merciless on her character and, quite frankly, on her as an actress. As someone who is obsessed with Lange - obviously! - I’ve noticed, from hours and hours of dissecting her performance(s) on this show, that she seems to get the most unflattering lighting, the harshest angles and the most neutering editing (sometimes the worst writing, too). It doesn’t help that age isn’t necessarily working on her side and she’s also lived a harsh life - alcohol, cigarettes, a hard break-up and fading botox (those pesky awards shows, though, do seem to always get her right in the sweet spot when it comes to this Hollywood plague; stop it, girl, you is beautiful!).
Still, she manages to transcend all that shit and continually delivers. She’s a fucking bull, man (funny enough, she is on the Aries/Taurus cusp) and it shows in her willingness and dogged determination. Her performances on this show have been fierce to behold and I love that the industry has showered her with so much love, praise and hardware for not only being one of the greatest actresses to ever grace the big or small screen but also for being brave enough to A) star on a Ryan Murphy show (I think it’s self-explanatory why that’s brave) and B) to dive in head first into the dreaded “Horror Genre” pool. In the end, though, she’s come out smelling like the Bette Davis of her/this generation (cigarettes, booze and all).
Also, I’m so, so, so looking forward to “Therese”. I’m actually happy it’s being released next year in time for all of the festivals and awards. I really think she’s going to be welcomed warmly by those who matter. Also, from what I hear she, along with Olsen, are “amazing” in the pic.
That being said, I’ve sort of changed my mind and hope she doesn’t return for season three of “American Horror Story”. Maybe she’ll get other TV or film offers and maybe she won’t (she can always focus on her photography and finally get something published in terms of her writing). In either case, I feel like it’s her time to move on. I also feel it might do the show some good. I mean, as long as Lange is around she will continue being the only awards magnet on this thing. She can’t help that she outshines everyone despite the aforementioned obstacles…
Anyway, it’s time for Lange to drop the security blanket and for the show to pop off its training wheels and take off on its own. I would wish it well…
Finally, CONGRATULATIONS, Ms. Lange (and all rooting fans), for your recent Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations!!!! Another year of “just desserts” – what a loaded phrase, lol – seems to be coming your way!
If she doesn’t win, I know she’d be happy for whomever does (I’m looking at you Danes and Moore).
EDIT: Aside from Lange, Paulson is officially my favorite. She should’ve been nominated for both “AHS: Asylum” and “Game Change” at the SAGs and Globes. Also, though I love Rabe - almost as much as Paulson - she’s starting to become - or maybe it’s the writing - a bit too self aware. Personally, I’m leaning more towards it being the writing. We get it, you’re the devil, you hate Sister Jude Martin and get off on ridiculing and punishing her, along with killing others, and you want to ascend to the highest offices of the Catholic Church. Still, I’d rather see more of the real Sister Mary Eunice than “Eunicefer”. Give the girl some heart and substance.
It always works wonders for Lange (or is it she who is bringing the heart and substance to the material?)…