She’s at it again…
She’s at it again…
After reading IMDB’s list of the “Top 10 Funniest Actresses of the Past 10 Years,” I thought it was a joke. The list definitely includes some women who belong on it, women like Tina Fey, Kristin Wiig, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Anna Faris. HOWEVER, Sandra Bullock? Sure, she was cute in Miss Congeniality and The Proposal was all right but I certainly can think of several actresses who are funnier. And Emma Stone in the no. 3 spot? Emma Stone, funny? She’s adorable and charming and beautiful and a truly talented actress, but she isn’t a comedienne. And guess who got selected as the 2ND FUNNIEST WOMAN: Meryl Streep! Yeah, you read that right. Look, I love Meryl Streep. LOVE her. She’s amazing and exceptional in countless ways but she hasn’t exactly made a career out of comedic roles.
I wouldn’t care about Bullock, Streep and Stone making this list if there weren’t several comedic actresses who really do belong on it. But there are. So, I made my own list of women who should have been on that list and weren’t:
Mindy Kaling, The Office, The Mindy Project
Angela Kinsey, The Office
Maya Rudolph, SNL, Bridesmaids, Friends With Kids
Jenna Fischer, The Office, Blades of Glory
Sarah Chalke, Scrubs
Wendi McLendon-Covey, Reno 911!, Bridesmaids
Betty White, countless comedic roles over the past 60 years
I rest my case.
Have you guys been paying attention to the impressive comedic talent that is Melissa McCarthy? Chica is blowing my mind with her absolute fearlessness.
I was a Gilmore Girls fan back in the day, and she was fine as Sookie, but I had no clue what she was capable of. Bridesmaids (and I guess Mike & Molly, which I don’t watch, so can’t really comment on) brought notice to the fact that she’s a great comedian, but I wasn’t sure if that came mostly from the writing. I know comedic acting and timing is extremely difficult, but that script seemed so flipping awesome, I wasn’t sure how much of that she came up with. Go watch the extras on the blu-ray, and watch her riff one line for like, 20 minutes. It will blow your mind. Then watch her on SNL and notice how she NOT ONE TIME breaks her mask of commitment. She didn’t chuckle, or even get that little glint in her eye that you see others do when they begin to almost crack up at themselves. She just went for it.
I can’t imagine having balls that size. She reminds me of a female Chris Farley, and I really don’t mean that with any disrespect. She just seems to commit, and go for it, and a LOTTTT of her comedy on SNL was physical. Farley would do things that made you think, first of all, HOW ARE YOU EVEN CAPABLE OF DOING THAT, and then, HOW ARE YOU OKAY WITH THIS? The skit where she attacked and humped balloons in front of Jason Sudeikis took some physical skill, and tons of cojones.
It was awesome to see her win that Emmy and she mentioned how surreal it was, since she’s from Indiana, to be standing on that stage. I love hearing stories like that, and I can’t freaking WAIT to see stuff she’ll be coming out with next. I want her to go down in history as a legendary female comic actress. Seriously, I’m soooo not worthy.
My random, rambling, errant thoughts on last night’s Emmy’s broadcast.
The opening number was stupid. Jane Lynch is lovely, classy, joyful, and a blast to watch, but who writes this shit? It is so gaggy and lame to view just sitting on my couch, I can’t imagine what all the “cool” hollywood people think as they’re forced to watch that crap, like the Clockwork Orange. Also, the EmmyTones? Are you fucking kidding me? What a great group of actors, singing the stupidest things ever, to awkward silences and forced claps. How they even managed to stand up there and get the words out, I’ll never know. *Shudder*
How fun to get to watch Modern Family sweep the first 20 minutes of the show. Gag me as Steve Levitan talked about his kids walking in on him and his wife “doing it” and how that was inspiration. It came off as smug and creepy. Listen, it’s a good show. I watch it, I laugh. But it’s not the best comedic show on television, goddammit. In my well-informed opinion (I faithfully watch every nominee), Parks & Recreation was the most consistently funny, crazy, awesome comedic show this past year. The others are all gravy, but P&R blew it out of the park. Oh, oh, and somehow Phil and Claire Dunphy BOTH get to win?!?! Those two characters are annoying as shit, stupid and lazy, and my least favorites on the show. I do not think they’re the best male and female comedic supporting actor/actresses on TV. Julie Bowen’s physique is terrifying, and while Ty Burrell sure seems like a swell guy, nobody makes me laugh like Jane Lynch and Eric Stonestreet.
For Lead Actress in a Comedy series, I loved how all the ladies stood up onstage together. All I could think was that I wanted to hang out with them. Martha Plimpton’s dress was FANTABULOUSO and damn did she wear it well. I was also a huge fan of Laura Linney’s black shirt-dress, I thought it was flattering and sexy. It was really adorable to watch everybody be so happy for Melissa McCarthy for her surprise win (pretty sure she mouthed ‘holy shit’ when her name was called) and while I do really freakin’ love her (shout out to Sookie!), didn’t they kinda give this to her cuz of Bridesmaids? Is Mike and Molly really that great? (I don’t watch it, so my judgement here is completely crap – feel free to let me know if I’m wrong)
Charlie Sheen time-out! WTF? He seemed well put together, and like he meant what he said, but oh holy shit seriously?! Dude, you talk about drinking tiger blood and how you’re a warlock and then you’re all normal, wishing CBS well?? HUH? I’m confused.
Jim Parsons MORE THAN deserves his award, in my Big Bang Theory-lovin’ opinion. Sheldon is one of the most original, insane, awesome characters on TV and he’d be nothing without Parsons’ delivery.
Peter Dinklage is awesome, he’s my favorite male character on Game of Thrones. His speech was great; I got a little teary when he told his wife how much he loved her and that she was awesome. I know these people are winning an award for acting, so who the hell knows if they mean it, but hearing them profess their love always gets me all weepy.
Julianna Margulies doesn’t need to keep winning for The Good Wife, if only so we don’t have to keep hearing her thank her “spectacular” husband for the umpteenth time. I am going to start throwing up on instant sight of her. (Random love professions are sweet – see: Dinklage. Incessant, bi-yearly gushfests are nasty – see: Margulies) Biggest snub of the night was not giving the Lead Actress in a Drama to Connie Britton. Why not do another hubby/wife winning duo and give it to Coach Eric AND Tami Taylor? A gross error.
And on to Coach Eric, ah, Kyle Chandler, you wondrous creature. I had goosebumps and got teared up when Drew Barrymore and the new Charlie’s Angels (one of whom was Minka Kelly, a former FNL cast member) were so flipping excited and screamed his name, that was cute as shit. He was clearly stunned, so gobsmacked that he forgot to thank his real life and on-screen wives, but I can’t care cause he’s amazing and adorable and perfect in every way, I’m-sure of it. *flashes crazy grin*
As much as the young guys singing “Hallelujah” did a beautiful job, it was awkward to have people singing live during the in memoriam.
Definitely want to have sex with Jeremy Piven. *Shiver*
Can I just say how HAPPY I AM that Downton Abbey was recognized?! Shit you guys, that show was AWESOME! Do yourself a favor and watch it. While I’m at it, also the Masterpiece Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch and my lovely little British Bilbo hubby Martin Freeman. (PBS is da bomb, ya’ll) I wish I could have seen the Entourage guys hand Minerva McGonagall her award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries though. 😦 But dammit, I was happy Maggie Smith won, cause she was delicious as the Dowager Countess. Mental note: Need to start saying “Dowager” more often.
Also, Kate Winslet is incapable of NOT being goddess-like. What does one have to do, to become so fabulous? I couldn’t love her anymore unless she had given birth to me.
Random scary moment: What the FUCK was with the Lonely Island montage/medley? I just don’t understand the reasoning there…. it was so, so batshit, and in a scary bad way. I felt awful for Michael Bolton, I was so humiliated, I could hardly look at the screen. I don’t understand why they needed Ed Helms to play Justin Timberlake, and there was a huge American flag, and Akon, singing the “I Just Had Sex” song…it seemed like what would go on in a crackhead’s brain. Woof.
Final thoughts: Sweet Christ, I watch a lot of TV.
Bridesmaids is, without a doubt, one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen (I’ma go ahead and GUSH). I gave it a full 5 stars on Netflix, which, according to my reviewing history, only happens 9.8% of the time. I don’t hand this shit out willy-nilly. Truly, for almost the entire film, I was laughing, HARD. Like, hanging out of my chair with my head in my hands, hard.
The story centers around Annie (Kristen Wiig), who is unlucky, self-sabotaging, sweet, broke, pathetic, adorable, a loser, someone I would never want to know and someone I would want to be best friends with, all at the same time. She lives with some DISTURBING Brits, has a shit job, shit car, shit life, but an awesome childhood best friend, Lillian, who is about to marry the wealthy Dougie, and enter into a life of country clubs and custom-made wedding dresses from Paris. Once the wedding party, which consists of four random, totally awesome actresses, meets up, the lunacy commences.
Even though Annie is happy for Lillian, the massive upheaval in lifestyle and pressure of being a maid of honor and all the duties that come along with it prove to be too much for her to handle. Each event, whether it’s dress shopping, the shower, or bachelorette party, is set ablaze and burned down to the ground by Annie. She means well, but is unable to deliver. So, you sympathize and relate, and cringe until you’re ready to heave.
The side characters are raucous, genius, and so marvelous…my only complaint with the entire film is that you don’t get to spend more time with a few of them. Jon Hamm has NEVER been so skeezy…I couldn’t imagine wanting to kick him out of bed until he whines, “Oh, I really really want you to go home, but don’t know how to say it without sounding like a dick.” Rose Byrne is pitch-perfect as a flawless, rich, gorgeous, attention-hog. You love to hate her. The rest of the bridesmaids are all amazing – Erin from The Office as a newlywed square, Clementine from Reno 911! as a horny housewife, and Sookie from Gilmore Girls as a butch oddball freak who had some of the grossest, weirdest scenes ever, and ROCKED them.
There’s also a little side kinda-love story for Annie, that succeeded in giving me that special “aw shucks” feeling. She meets a charming, slightly disheveled Irish cop who obviously digs her and it’s terribly painful to watch as she rebuffs him, due to her inability to not destroy everything in her life.
Wiig co-wrote the screenplay with Annie Mumolo (who played the other terrified-of-flying passenger in the RIDONKULOUS plane scene), in something like a weekend. Seriously, I’m not worthy – these chicks are my idols. They have made it okay to say fuck, cunt, shit, and also to stage an INSANE bathroom/food poisoning scene…harkening back to the days of Dumb and Dumber, which was child’s play compared to what befalls these ladies.
I hate to say it, but I’ve never seen a film like this, where women were portrayed as absolutely hilarious as they can be, and it felt more realistic than trash like The Sweetest Thing. This was funnier than The Hangover (yep); from the first scene (I won’t spoil) I knew I was in for something different. There was an interview in Entertainment Weekly recently and Maya Rudolph said something to the effect of, I wish movies like this were normal, and nobody would make a big deal out of a movie actually being funny with women in it. Hear HEAR, mother f***er.
And OMG WILSON PHILLIPS IS IN IT. Hold on for one more day, baby!
~Annie (loving my name right now)