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Everything posted by hepclassic

  1. Well, I can give that Sufragette she did take a backseat, but she could have transitioned to producer and given the Pankhurst character to Emma Thompson. As to answer your question- a truly humble person would have done this.
  2. Fame is a pedestal audiences make when they don't want to understand it is very easy to do things they do when enough mental effort is done and action is taken. Streep has been put on a pedestal of perfection. That's what being a celebrity is, not what being an actor is. There is a difference.
  3. Well, I am a working actor, and I've only encountered a very small minority of artists who act that way. It doesn't help them get any work at all, let alone maintain positive collaborations. And, sure, there are plenty of gracious celebrities around. Meryl claims to be one of them, but publicity is publicity. I have yet to see her take the backseat on a film project or refuse an award she didn't deserve(and of the past few years, she hasn't even deserved nominations).
  4. And I can get that respect, but there is a difference between an artist and a celebrity. A celebrity cannot handle constructive criticism let alone take criticism constructively. An artist can.
  5. Maybe I'm biased in thinking whether the film was panned or not, Katharine Hepburn never gave a bad performance. I wasn't alive during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s to really see the films fresh. As for Streep, I don't see a confidence that I see from Hepburn. I feel like Streep would melt if she was panned by the critics, and with her pocket in the Weinstein lobby, I can see how good reviews can be bought for a fair price. Streep has made a culture around her where she can't be criticized without that critic being corrected. She did it with Kael, and her fanatics do it now. God may be a wo
  6. If the movie is about a female protagonist, I can see how it can be centered on her character and everyone around her. Streep in her heyday did centralize films made about women from the narrative of the woman well, if that can be counted as a positive contribution to cinema. That's what I liked about Sophie's Choice (1982), The Bridges Of Madison County (1995), and The Hours (2002). I view her modern contributions centralizing HER and she parlaying that she is an everywoman so people can watch her and lap idolatrous praise on her. Sure, she is a celebrity who has earned it, but I look at Hep
  7. Well, that is what studio execs thought about in the early 30s as means to market her. It doesn't mean that they did a good job of that. It doesn't mean that Hepburn liked the comparison either. She did admire Garbo and was friends with her kind-of, but Hepburn made her own wherever she went.
  8. Jlewis, This is what I love about your contributions to threads like these. I love these history "dumpings" (I can't find a more endearing word to use but that and since it sounds negative, I put it in quotes) because they put the thread into contexts to move forward. What I took away from this is that I have noticed how everyone has played sub-par to Streep, and it is only in the films she has done of late that I have noticed that. I mean, I can look at Julie & Julia (2009) and offend the fandom by saying that Meryl's Julia Child, outside of it being one-note and same timbred as h
  9. I also remember that Hepburn did more theatre than Streep. But one also has to consider is that Streep and Hepburn have a canyon of difference around them. Streep's generation was the first to really pursue theatre to get to the movies and stay. Hepburn's generation the stage was the summit, and if you did movies, you were considered slumming. But at the same time, American cinema was still developing into its own after the birth of the talking picture, so they needed good speakers, and with Hepburn, they were looking for an American Garbo.
  10. Thanks for the clarification. I just caught shade from that comment and since I barely pay modern Meryl attention, is probably why I didn't get the details right. At least Jane Fonda was away for 15 years. Fonda is more artistic than Meryl is. Oh, and Streep is a WASP herself. I can't imagine how she was a high society bully who couldn't take criticism well at all. Oh wait, I am thinking of another silver spooned narcissist.
  11. "I can see the wheels turning." was Katharine Hepburn's observations about her in that book. If anyone read any of Pauline Kael's reviews of Meryl's films, I can't say I agree with Kael because I love Streep's work from 1977-2003, but what's really sad is that of her later performances, the whole "acting from the head up" seems to be becoming true, among other criticisms of Kael's. Streep was asked about Kael after Kael passed away and she said : "You know it must have been hard for someone like her from Brooklyn and Jewish being taken seriously" and that is all she said about it. Wa
  12. Well, Meryl Streep is the best example of white feminism to me, meaning that what is good for her must be good for everyone regardless of their personal experiences with other inequalities. Me, I am an intersectional feminist, and I think equality shouldn't be exclusive. I had enough issues with The Iron Lady (2011) passing Margaret Thatcher off as a feminist when she wasn't one, and agency is everything. But hey, when you are Meryl Streep, you can do no wrong even if you do do plenty of wrong.
  13. I recently told someone, when I shared my insight into her new film, where she plays a bad singer (which she doesn't have to go far on that one to research) this: "Meryl is never bad, that is why she isn't that good anymore. Celebrity has crippled the talent." Bette Davis once said: "The minute someone tells you you are good, that's it. You must always be challenged."
  14. I read that he was very abusive to his wives, one whom he married to "put in her place" because she was Puerto Rican, and that he sympathized with Hitler. So, knowing that while exploring classic movies made it very very hard for me to watch a movie of his. It took me years before I saw The Quiet Man (1952), which was my first John Wayne movie I saw in which he actually acted in.
  15. To be fair, hate makes a more noticeable headline. It took me forever to wrap my head around John Wayne. I can only watch him with Maureen O'Hara or other actors that made him look good. I really dislike Meryl Streep's work as of late. What she had in the 70s, 80s, and 90s isn't there anymore.
  16. Usually in the classic film category it means that I heard something horrible about them and don't want to touch it with a ten foot pole. It also means that I am hesitant to explore that star because of my taste not being ready to handle it because it might not mesh. Nowadays, it really is a matter of who takes the cake when there are plenty of slices to serve all. This is a conversation starter, so I won't reveal whom I am talking about in my first and second paragraphs until someone responds.
  17. May she rest in peace. I think I've only seen her in Modern Times (1936).
  18. That's sweet, Dargo. I wasn't adopted myself, but I do love adoption stories. If I ever marry, I do want to adopt if biology isn't kind. Even if it is, I do want to adopt anyway. I like To Each His Own (1946) because I like Olivia's character who struggles through so much in the most unfriendliest of times, and comes out weary, but strong. To see her transform is a sight to behold. I have often wondered why this film, and The Sin of Madelon Claudet( 1932) weren't on DVD since they are the perfect Mother's Day films.
  19. There are other classics that need a DVD release as well, but I support this one because there will be others. I hope you will support this too, and sign.
  20. Not that I would of course. Not everyone should experience what Joan Fontaine did when she was little.
  21. If you are crying because you saw the clips, then I cannot help you. That's your response. If you are crying because you realize you will never see a DVD or Bluray of this film on the shelves ever in your lifetime and you want to sign the petition. Don't make me get all Miriam from Hush..Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) on you.
  22. There has got to be people on here willing to sign this! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/954/241/461/release-to-each-his-own-1946-to-american-audiences-on-dvd/ Here's a video sample as to why this film should be on DVD: If you want to see the whole film, it is on youtube, but could really use a DVD treatment in the United States: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFoqTUXxd-U TCM shouldn't be the ONLY place to see this classic!
  23. I thought Maureen O'Hara was lined up to play Anna in The King and I before the head of FOX stated that he didn't want a "pirate queen" to play Anna.
  24. I hope so. There are plenty of films that need to be on DVD too, but I'd rather deal with Paramount and Warner Brothers than the Oscar Hammerstein estate for Porgy and Bess (1959)
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