Thursday, August 20, 2009

Homage to Meryl Streep

--by Hanje Richards

I always think I don’t like Meryl Streep, and in fact after watching two of her movies on two consecutive nights this week, my husband reminded me, “But, you don’t like Meryl Streep!”

And, yet, there is something about her. She is good. And I do like her, secretly. She seems to become each character she plays, so if I don’t like her, I suspect it is actually the characters she is portraying that I am not so fond of.

Last night I watched One True Thing which stars Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger and William Hurt. It is based on the novel by Anna Quindlen (available at the Copper Queen Library in print and in audiobook format). I thought that the entire cast was excellent, and the movie dealt with some very difficult family issues, including love, loss, loss of innocence, and more.

If you are a Meryl Streep fan, or are a secret fan, like I am, you might be interested in knowing what other Streep films are available at the Copper Queen Library on DVD. Here is a listing of just some of the DVDs that we have (to find more, just search the catalog for her by name):

Cry In The Dark: Lindy lives the nightmare of seeing a wild dog carry off her infant, then endures a travesty of a trial by the courts and media.

Doubt: 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. Father Flynn is a charismatic priest who is trying to upend the schools' strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier.. This threatens to tear apart the community with its irrevocable consequence.

The Devil Wears Prada: Miranda is the editor of Runway magazine. She is a terror to everyone who is around. When Miranda demands that she obtain the next unpublished Harry Potter manuscript, it forces her assistant Andy to dig it up in order to please her boss. As she is whisked away to Paris with Miranda, Andy faces all of the glamour that could be hers and is forced to make a decision about what she wants from life.

The Hours: In 1929, under the care of doctors and family, Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, Mrs. Dalloway. In 1951, Laura Brown is planning for her husband's birthday but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001, Clarrisa Vaughn is planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are inter-connected with the novel: one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it.

Kramer Vs. Kramer: When his wife walks out, Ted Kramer and his six-year-old son have a chance to really get to know each other. Then Ted's wife returns, and she wants her son back.

Mamma Mia!: After reading her mother's diary, Sophie discovers she has three possible fathers, so she secretly invites them all to her wedding at her mother's hotel on a Greek island.

Music of the Heart: A single mother with little more than talent and the determination to make a difference teaches violin to students in a tough inner-city neighborhood.

Postcards from the Edge: Suzanne Vale is a wise-cracking, vulnerable actress determined to jump start her failing career. Her mother, an aging movie star, is the definitive portrait of Hollywood's gutsy glamour queens and, of course, offers her daughter only razor sharp humor and searing honesty.

Prairie Home Companion: As if the result of some strange mass-media fluke, the popular radio program A Prairie Home Companion somehow managed to survive the television age to entertain its audience every Saturday night from the stage of the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn. There is still plenty of fun and mystery to be had at the old Fitzgerald before the final curtain falls.

If you're interested in borrowing any of these Streep films -- or other feature films -- they're filed alphabetically by title. Non-fiction (documentary) DVDs are filed using the Dewey Decimal Classification system. If you need help finding something, please feel free to ask at the Circulation Desk.