This show ended way too soon.
I marked my calendar for the day Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me came to Netflix streaming. It was never my intention to wait this long to see it, but sadly it was only in the theaters in my town for a couple of weeks. Needless to say, this film was everything an Elaine Stritch fangirl hoped it would be. If you’re a Stritch fan yourself, or even if you just suspect you might be, I implore you to see this film. I know you don’t need them, but here are five good reasons you should watch this ASAP:
- She’s incredibly talented. You know this already, I know you do, but I think it’s important every now and again to stop and appreciate talent like her’s. Not only is she a triple threat, but she’s about a half year from 90* and still performing. The least we can do to honor her talent and life-long commitment to the craft is watch this doc.
- She’s fascinating. I mean you see her in her fur coat and big glasses and generally think “Well, she’s interesting!” but that really pales in comparison to some of the stories she shares in the film. Her two dates with President Kennedy come to mind…
- She’s everything women are taught not to be. Elaine Stritch is loud, speaks her mind, does things the way she wants and is absolutely unabashed about all of it. And she’s incredibly successful. This film serves as an 80-minute reminder that your success and happiness are absolutely not dependent on your ability or willingness to fit yourself into an assigned set of expectations and rules.
- It’s honest and raw. It’s a documentary, so you assume it will be honest, but this certainly could have been edited in a “sugar-coated” way. Ms. Stritch is getting old and is dealing with (physical, emotional and mental) issues many people deal with as they age. There are moments in the film where it would have been easy for Chiemi Karasawa to flinch. To stop rolling, to pan the camera away or to edit strategically. She doesn’t. As such you, the viewer, are forced to confront the fact that we’re all heading towards similar fates, regardless of who we are, or the details of our lives.
- Elaine Stritch doesn’t wear pants. Bear with me. I’m not saying “see this film to see Elaine Stritch without pants.” I’m saying “This woman has achieved what so many of us see as just a pipedream.” I know there are many (many) people on Tumblr who would love to live in a society where pants were simply an option. This woman has created that society. It is a one-person society and for this I both envy and admire her.
*For clarity, she is nearly 90 now, not at the time of filming.
Reblogging mainly for the last bullet.
Today’s film/tv headlines: the ‘new additions’ edition
- Courtney Love turns 50 today and along with it (though unrelated) is the news that she’ll be joining the cast of Sons of Anarchy in its final season. She’ll be playing a pre-school teacher. You can also check out the first teaser for the season here.
- Despite the cancellation of his show, Sean Hayes will still grace the small screen this fall. He’s been cast as a series regular in CBS’s The Millers.
- Wes Bentley will appear in the two part Halloween episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show.
- Soon, Bravo will bestow upon us its first scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (based on Vicki Iovine’s books). That series will include Ms. Laverne Cox in a guest spot.
- In other book adaptation news: Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects is being adaptated as a television series, and Maximum Ride, the young adult series penned by James Patterson, is being adapted into an online mini-series.
Guess that makes Sharp Objects next on my reading list.
Jeff Koegel A Thousand Years
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I think we need to banish the phrase “Shark-infested waters” from our collective vocabularies. N’no … those sharks are in their home. It would be more accurate to say “people-infested waters.”
*Let me be clear about one thing, I LOVE the beach and playing in the ocean, but let’s not believe for a second that it’s the sharks who are where they don’t technically belong.