I wish I could say I was a movie buff, but that would definitely be a lie. Iâ€™m not a movie buff or a film fanatic. I appreciate the art of film, but I prefer the brevity of television. I love the way 20-minute episodes are torn apart by flashy commercials. That isnâ€™t sarcasm, thatâ€™s how I legitimately feel.
With television, the longest it can go is an hour with commercials. My 21st-century attention span is shot, so sitting through something thatâ€™s two hours long is torture. Popcorn becomes coping mechanism. A â€œLord of the Ringsâ€ movie marathon is my personal hell.
But thatâ€™s not to say I never watch flicks â€” itâ€™s just a special occasion kind of deal. I sort of have this catalog of 10 or so movies that I just watch over and over instead of branching out. â€œMean Girls,â€ â€œLost in Translation,â€ etc. Honestly though, I usually donâ€™t stray too far beyond â€œThe Blues Brothers.â€
But there are exceptions â€” Meryl Streep being one of them. I can watch her movies no matter how long or how boring, because sheâ€™s a genius. Iâ€™ll go see every movie she ever makes in the future. That is a promise. I wish I could say Iâ€™ve seen them all, but Netflix refuses to stream some of them, so Iâ€™m a bit behind. â€œMarvinâ€™s Roomâ€ is up next.
Meryl Streep has aged gracefully, and has proven that she can maintain the quality of her career through her middle age into her later life. I can respect that. No Joan Rivers plastic surgery, no drug rehab. Quality lady. I appreciate her sense of humor, her attitude and her humility. She knows sheâ€™s the best. She knows everyone else knows sheâ€™s the best. But she is still humble.
I mean, sheâ€™s essentially been nominated for everything sheâ€™s ever touched. I went onto the Internet Movie Database and was going to list the number of awards she got, but it was close to 200 nominations, and I got stressed out. I think itâ€™s become like a rule in Hollywood that Meryl is always in the list of nominees, even if she didnâ€™t make a movie. One day theyâ€™ll run out of â€œTransformersâ€ sequels, and theyâ€™ll just end up re-showing â€œThe Devil Wears Prada.â€
Madame Streep just pulled in a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in â€œIron Lady.â€ She hadnâ€™t won an Oscar since â€œSophieâ€™s Choice.â€
Now I saw â€œIron Lady,â€ and I had high expectations. I was looking forward to the Maggie Thatcher voice and the hair. She did great of course â€¦ I mean, she literally transformed into the late-in-life old lady Thatcher, but the movie didnâ€™t do much for me. The editing â€¦ there were just so many flashbacks! I would skip it and go straight to the DVD section and pick up a copy of â€œDoubtâ€ (GREAT for drinking games. Take a shot every time they talk about fingernails).
In the spirit of my appreciation for all things short and sweet, here is all you need to know about her movies that Iâ€™ve seen:
â€œManhattanâ€ â€” The only Woody Allen movie I can stomach.
â€œKramer vs. Kramerâ€ â€” Made divorce seem hip.
â€œSophieâ€™s Choiceâ€ â€” When you find out what Sophie is choosing, you get why she won an Oscar.
â€œOut of Africaâ€ â€” Long.
â€œShe-Devilâ€ â€” Roseanne is in this one. Iâ€™m serious.
â€œThe Bridges of Madison Countyâ€ â€” Meryl Streep gets groped by Clint Eastwood. He has a lot of
neck skin. Itâ€™s romantic, but horrifying.
â€œDancing at Lughnasaâ€ â€” The movie poster says it all.
â€œAdaptationâ€ â€” Iâ€™m ashamed to say it, but Nicholas Cage was in a good movie.
â€œThe Hoursâ€ â€” Sad. But not â€œSophieâ€™s Choiceâ€ sad.
â€œA Prairie Home Companionâ€ â€” No.
â€œThe Devil Wears Pradaâ€ â€” Yes.
â€œMamma Miaâ€â€” The winner takes it alllllllll.
â€œDoubtâ€ â€” This is my favorite movie. You have to watch it. Brilliant. But Meryl Streepâ€™s character is terrifying. She looks like a dinosaur in her nun-gear. â€œCut your FINGERNAILS!!â€ Youâ€™ll understand if you see it.
â€œJulie and Juliaâ€ â€” Her Julia Child voice is pretty much the same as her Iron Lady voice.
â€œIron Ladyâ€ â€” If you are into flashbacks, this movie is for you.