Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Movie Post and a Loss

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends today is the last day to sign up for my 5th Blogaversary Drawing - you can click HERE to do that, and I'll be announcing the winners in the morning.

In keeping with the movie/film theme today I wanted to mention two super films both with the same superior leading actress....

She is one of two or three top notch actresses working in Hollywood today - always bringing her A game to rolls she is in - with only one mis-step with the film "Mama Mia" her films are just wonderful.!!

The two films I screened recently are "The Iron Lady" and "One True Thing."  Both of her performances were nominated for an Oscar - with her winning Best Actress for "The Iron Lady."

The early film "One True Thing" - 1998 - she starred along with Renee Zellweger, William Hurt, Tom Everett Scott and Lauren Graham. 
The story is told in flashback by the daughter from her point of view.  There are some amazing performances in this film!!

The second Streep film is "The Iron Lady" - 2011 - she starred with Jim Broadbent, Susan Brown and Olivia Colman.

I really enjoyed this film with Streep playing and elderly Thatcher talking over things with her deceased husband and the film telling her story in flashback.  For this roll Streep won the Best Actress Oscar in addition a ton of other Awards - all well deserved.

A third film that needs a mention is "The Devil wears Prada" - 2006 - a really terrific film - not as good as the book, but a great one to see!!

There are lots of other great Streep films.... "Out of Africa," "Dancing at Lughnasa," "Death Becomes Her," "Sophie's Choice," "Kramer vs Kramer" and a early small part in "Julia."  All of these films are on DVD and all worth a look!!

Just about every morning as I am drinking my coffee and thinking about what to Blog about I usually flip through the news bits and pieces on AOL - this morning I came across a bit of very sad news....  Maurice Sendak author of "Where the Wild Things Are" has passed away....


The book "Where the Wild things Are" - was published in 1963 so it is as old as I am, and it was one of the first books I ever remember reading and looking at the pictures.  One of the great children's books of the 20th Century even winning the Caldecott Medal in 1964.

That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for all your kind comments about my stitching yin yesterdays post!!!  it really warms my heart to read them!!!  Do stop by again!

Take care,


  1. Meryl Streep is such an unbelievable talent, I love all of her movies, although you have listed a couple I have yet to see, Dancing in Lughnasa and One True Thing, so I will have to look for those. My faves are Devil Wears Prada, Bridges of Madison County, Postcards from the Edge, and of course, Out of Africa.. I can't believe she did not win an Oscar for that one! Thanks for the movie ideas. Have a great day!

  2. Meryl in 'Out of Africa' will always be tops with me.

  3. "Out of Africa' is one of my favorite movies. Meryl is such a great actress and I like most anything shes in.

  4. I love Meryl Streep! I have seen Devil Wears Prada and love it, but I haven't seen Iron Lady. Will definitely check that one out!

  5. I just saw the Iron Lady as well! Meryl Streep is so amazing! I was so sad to hear about Maurice Sendak. He was such a cool guy.

  6. I'm such a big fan of Meryl Streep...watched The Iron Lady on a recent trip to Hawaii and it was very good. She is incredible. I held off for the longest time from seeing Mama Mia thinking it would be a silly chick-flick. However, after seeing it once or twice it's now grown on me LOL. There are a few parts that are cringe-worthy (Pierce Brosnan singing - please make it stop....) but I thought Meryl did a great job herself.

    Didn't get to comment on yesterday's post but congrats on your Quaker framing - looks grand!

  7. I'm a 1963 baby too - next year the big 50!!

  8. Where the Wild Things Are was the first book my oldest son picked out for himself when he was 2. I read that book every night for years to him! Then he read to himself when he could but he still liked the way I read it. I did not realize the book was that old until I saw it on the news last night. It really has touched alot of kids and parents!