Let Them All Talk

Meryl Streep’s political sourness had turned me off for a bit, as well as the quality of roles she was choosing…not sure which came first the chicken or the egg, and yet she is the same woman who in August Osage County, I came to tears thinking, I don’t want this woman (acting GOAT) to ever perish.

So, boy, was I relieved to see Let Them All Talk, THIS is the Meryl I had missed. Of course, she was given quality material by newbie screenwriter (but seasoned actress) Deborah Eisenberg and fabulous direction by none other than Stephen Soderbergh (Oscar Winner for “Traffic”).

Two other major factors made this film ultra gorgeous; Candice Bergen as the middle class friend of the trio, who evokes an empathy for those down on their luck broads who has worked their asses off, yet always seem just out of reach of the brass ring. Second, the classy jazz soundtrack by Thomas Newman (WOW! 15 time Oscar nominee, the Susan Lucci of Oscars….)…check it out if you can, really beautiful romantic jazz music.
Also rans for helping jazz up the film are Lucas Hedges and Dianne Wiest. Lucas is given more to do than Dianne, but quality is quality, even when it’s merely a dash of salt.

The theme of this movie is thought provoking; my take is that deep friendship is tough to maintain over time, especially when some reach fame where others flounder…but I guess the answer is karma wins out in the end.

Way Late to the Party: Bridge of Spies

What can I say? When Bridge of Spies came out I avoided it like the plague thinking it was a war movie, combined with the fact that Tom Hanks has become like chocolate cake. He looks good, tastes good, but gosh darn it, is he healthy to like so much? I felt the same way watching him in Bridge of Spies as I did watching Meryl Streep in August, Osage County, literally almost tearing up at the thought of the day when she (in this case, he) won’t be acting any longer.

But let’s not forget what brought me late to the part to begin with, and that is the majesty of Mark Rylance. If you enjoy dry British humor and have some time to kill, google his Tony Acceptance speeches (2008, 20011). Now I still say he didn’t deserve the Oscar as much as Tom Hardy did the same year for The Revenant, but I will say that I lust after his quiet demure attitude and handsome appearance.

The movie was not violent to my relief and I will always cherish the memory of viewing it with my Grandma and Dad. Not to mention, because Tom Hanks is always so good, I looked like the superstar for picking it out at the library. Thanks Tom!