Saturday, December 03, 2005
If Julianne Moore Is God, and today is Julianne Moore's 45th birthday, then, by the transitive property, today is God's birthday. December is nothing if not replete with holy births.
The next moment of divine revelation will probably be Freedomland, if Revolution ever agrees on a release date. I finally saw the trailer for the first time yesterday, attached to Rent, so perhaps that's a good sign. Edie Falco's moments in said trailer were also a good sign, though hope runs high for all the actors involvedeven if, as in Rent, they are heavenly bodies contending with a decidedly earthbound director. And I have to admit, the general atmosphere was giving off this semi-pedestrian Meryl-in-Before and After vibe.
But let us not talk of such things on Her birthday. Let us talk of Short Cuts, of Vanya, of her exquisite anger in The Myth of Fingerprints, of her perfectly calibrated voice and body in Boogie Nights, of her spookily zipped-up mouth in Cookie's Fortune and her frighteningly gabby one in Not I, of her savvy improvements on Vera Miles in Psycho and her game departures from Jodie Foster in Hannibal, of her uproarious performance art in The Big Lebowski, of doing the nasty on a divan in The End of the Affair, of losing her shit completely in the Magnolia drugstore, of her line reading of "What kind of car do you drive?" in World Traveler, of her frank uneasiness around her own child in The Hours, of her empyrean, purposefully mannered, emotionally telepathic Cathy in Far from Heaven.
And since I'm the guest-blogger, and I get to pick my own favorites, of her matchless work in Safe, rightly voted by the Village Voice as the best American performance of the 1990s, and anchoring almost every shot of that masterpiece film.
Happy birthday, Julie Ann Smith! You know what birthday present we would most like to give you, but it just isn't up to usand frankly, it ain't up to The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, either. (Good try, though.) Geraldine Page didn't win till she was 61, Jessica Tandy till she was 79. It won't be that long for you. Just hang in there, girl.