Young Meryl Streep Appreciation Post

“Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.”
-Meryl Streep

My Week in Reviews: February 12, 2017

Passengers (Morten Tyldum, 2016)

Such a missed opportunity. But I definitely wish I was stuck on a spaceship with Jennifer Lawrence. - 4/10 (With portions reaching as high as 8.5)

Amadeus (Milos Forman, 1984)

That third act dictation scene? Wow. The rest of the film? Also, Wow. - 8.5/10

Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton, 1979)

Dustin Hoffman is so good here. Meryl Streep, too… but I hate her character and want to throw her under a bus. - 6.5/10

Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969)

A harrowing portrayal of life on the streets of late-’60s NYC. A terribly sad, overrated movie. Hoffman is great here, too… but that’s really no surprise. - 4.5/10

The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)

I really, really hate the type of guy Lemmon plays in this film. The film itself is kinda great, though (especially Wilder’s direction). - 8/10

Going My Way (Leo McCarey, 1944)

That ending, though. - 7/10

Gentleman’s Agreement (Elia Kazan, 1947)

It’s all just waaaayy too heavy-handed… but the cast is fantastic, so at least there’s that.  - 4.5/10

A Man for All Seasons (Fred Zinnemann, 1966)

Such a masterpiece. I went into this expecting to come out pissed over the fact that it beat out Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for Best Picture. I was completely blown away. - 10/10

Gigi (Vincente Minnelli, 1958)

Hokey… most (all?) of the musical moments seem crammed in after the fact, and none of them add any charm to the film (and Thank Heaven for Little Girls is painfully creepy). This one definitely would’ve worked a lot better if it was a non-musical comedy of manners. Also, random 1958 thought… how the fuck was Vertigo not even nominated for Best Picture? - 3/10

Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding, 1932)

One of the many (many) Best Pictures that never manages to elicit any more than a, “Hmmm… that’s a movie that exists.” - 4/10

How Green Was My Valley (John Ford, 1932)

I get it, I totally get why this won over Citizen Kane. What a beautiful film. - 9.5/10

Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson, 2016)

Visually stunning origin story. Strange is one of the Marvel characters I’ve never been too familiar with, so I welcomed this origin story with open arms, and the mythology paired with the jaw-dropping action sequences make it one of the more satisfying origin stories in the MCU. - 8/10


-Timothy Patrick Boyer.