Tag: Meryl Streep

June 8, 2012 / / Main Slate

Adaptation – 2002 – dir. Spike Jonze

The greatness of Nicolas Cage comes from many things, but the thing that sticks out most to me is his willingness to risk being awful. A quick perusal of iMDB will show that Nicolas Cage has been in many truly awful movies, and a quick Youtube search will show that he excels at giving these awful movies more entertainment value than they deserve. Adaptation, by far one of the best movies Cage has stared in, is amazing because it spends so much time on the verge of being spectacularly awful, managing to tread that very thin line between the disaster it could have been and the modern classic it manages to be.

December 8, 2009 / / Main Slate

novdec-julie2By Peg Aloi

Julie & Julia – 2009 – dir. Nora Ephron

Julie & Julia, the popular and well-loved film about a young New Yorker’s attempt to cook her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year, would be far less entrancing if writer-director Nora Ephron had not decided to include a witty and rollicking chronicle of Child’s adventures in Paris and her slow journey towards becoming one of the world’s most recognizable chefs.