Tag Archive | Meryl Streep

Florence Foster Jenkins

Nominated for Best Actress (Meryl Streep) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Costume Design at the 89th Annual Academy Awards To borrow from a piece I once did on Tom Cruise: I love Meryl Streep. I hate Meryl Streep. Oh, this has absolutely nothing to do with national politics, or awards show speeches. […]

Into the Woods

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep) at the 87th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Production Design (Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock) at the 87th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Costume Design (Colleen Atwood) at the 87th Annual Academy Awards  To paraphrase my favorite film critic, adapting Stephen Sondheim is like playing chess–so why […]

“Into the Woods” on stage & screen: a Sondheim showdown!

Well, I’m back from a wonderful Block Island vacation with my family, and anticipating many good things to come during the exciting fall/winter season. And one of the most intriguing is an unusual battle for dominance(at least in the New York City area!), involving one of Stephen Sondheim’s most celebrated and challenging works. Which will […]

Flashback: on 1979’s Manhattan

Now, that I’ve officially nixed going to see Woody Allen’s latest film, “Magic in the Moonlight”(based on its tepid reviews), I decided to revisit perhaps his best feature, on the occasion of its 35th anniversary. And I really am still so fond of “Manhattan”—even if I’m not particularly so fond of Mr. Allen any longer. […]

Random Thoughts on Oscar Noms

Lovin’ that love for “Her”! It IS the year’s best picture in this corner, but who woulda thunk it?! 5 nominations, including Best Picture…and I’m tickled pink. It probably won’t win a thing, and the mainstream audiences who wander in now will probably just find it weird, but it matters not. The die is cast, […]

August: Osage County

Familiarity breeds contempt says the Bard. That adage certainly seems to apply here, as I reflect back on my initial look at awards-season prestige picture, “August: Osage County” from director John Wells. Would I have enjoyed the film version of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play a bit more if I hadn’t originally experienced it on Broadway […]

Albert Nobbs

Glenn Close first played this role on stage in 1982(when she was in her mid 30’s)and has apparently been trying to bring this story to the big screen for quite some time. Finally getting it done at the age of 64 must feel like some sort of victory to her, and I applaud her tenacity. […]