When Faye Played Joan: Mommie Dearest (1981)

On paper, Mommie Dearest looked like an easy Oscar nomination for its leading lady Faye Dunaway. Fresh from a decade of career bests and a Best Actress trophy for Network (1976), Dunaway was on her A-game and was being recognized as one of Hollywood’s most well-rounded actresses. Unfortunately, the tides turned on her ad director Frank…

The Stylish Beat of the Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

When I think of style personified in modern film, the very underrated The Talented Mr. Ripley is one of the very first things that come to mind. The mentally perverted film by director Anthony Minghella is his very best work, in a career that includes a Best Picture winner (1996’s The English Patient). Matt Damon shines as the conniving,…