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In Honor of Jodie Foster’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Let’s Pick Her 5 Most Underrated Achievements in Film
Though if Tiffany Brissette wants to star in robo-version of Nell any time soon, I guarantee I'll be the first in line. To honor Foster's achievement, I thought we'd highlight her lesser-known achievements. Here are my five favorite tidbits.
1. She beat Meryl, Glenn, Thelma, and Louise at the Oscars. The two-time Oscar winner picked up Best Actress statuettes for 1988's The Accused (which, I have to say, is a dated, melodramatic joke of a movie) and The Silence of the Lambs (which is only the definitive thriller of the past three decades).
Foster is memorable and bracing in both films, but more importantly, she outplayed Meryl Streep and Glenn Close in two of their best roles for her '88 Oscar, not to mention Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis for their staggering work in Thelma and Louise for the '91 trophy. Kind of staggering, right? In fact, I think if Meryl Streep deserved a fourth Oscar for any of her nominated roles, it'd be for '88's A Cry in the Dark , which is one of the most damning movies about media hysteria and public perception that I've ever seen.
Did I mention that Glenn was nominated for Dangerous Liaisons that year? Her finest role, arguably? You go, Jodie.
2. She was the best thing about Maverick 1992 was a great time to be Mel Gibson , who could seriously do no wrong in any single way, financially, personally, whatever. But when I re-watch Maverick , the Western-set comedy he did with James Garner and Jodie Foster, I'm struck by how even though Foster isn't given many dynamite lines, she's the most charismatic part of the movie.
Maybe it's the wardrobe I love? And the posture? And the fan-wielding prowess?
That all may be, because it brings me to my next point...
3. She conjured real glamor in Anna and the King Essentially, here's what you need to know about Anna and the King , the remake of The King and I with Foster and Chow Yun Fat : It is decadent. One of the most ornate and expansive sets I can remember.
And mysteriously, the oft-rugged Jodie is a perfect fit in the pristine environs of Siam. Note the costuming. Good lord, that's rich.
And if we're talking about the role of the devoted, steadfast, and intelligent teacher Anna Leonowens , perhaps Foster is even more right for the role than the legendary part's originator herself, Deborah Kerr . Hope I haven't hurt any feelings.
4. She keeps her cool in the weirdest "horror" movie ever, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Surely we have some diehard fans of this whack-ass flick in the house.
Summary: Young Jodie lives in a New England house by herself, claims her father is merely away, tolerates visits from a top-hatted pedophile played by Martin Sheen , watches Alexis Smith fall to her death on her steps, and sleeps with an awkward older teenager. That's really the story. Foster has dismissed the film time and again in her adult life, but there's something captivating about her can-do, lone-wolf spirit in this movie.
Trivia note: Foster didn't want to perform one particular nude scene in the film, so her real-life older sister Connie stood in. Effing weird.
5. She's the most bad-ass kid of all time in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Sure, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is mostly about a mother's ( Ellen Burstyn ) journey of fulfillment, abusive relationships, and hard living, but it's also a surprise forum for perhaps the coolest Foster character in history.
In a bit part as Burstyn's son's pal Audrey , an utter tomboy with a delinquent streak, Foster swindles a guitar shop owner, bemoans her mother's prostitution career, and casually suggests drug use to her preteen pal. She is fearsome. Tatum O'Neal 's character in Paper Moon , a part that Foster tried out for, would fearfully swallow her cigarette in Audrey's presence.
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Check, check, check. Flashback to A.D.
1110. A witch stands in a forest clearing surrounded by five beefy boys.
She chants in fractured Latin and brandishes a flaming cauldron. As lightning strikes the cauldron, the beefy boys thrust their swords into the earth. Lines of fire spread out to connect them and as they raise their flaming swords, tattoos begin spreading across their bodies.
Mystic Falls, present day. Damon searches through some of Connor's stuff from the Grimm trailer, hoping to find a supernatural handbook . Not sure it's going to be hidden in the beaker holder, Damon.
He recaps last week's action and name-drops the Five. Stefan's not familiar. Damon fields a call from Sheriff Liz ; the news is disquieting.
Damon first jackassedly refuses to say what it is because the boys are fighting, then spills that there were no human bits found in the rubble at the hospital. Damon wants Stefan to start tracking the hunter down while he takes Elena to college. Stefan's all wait, wha...?
so Damon explains again how important it is for Elena to learn snatch, eat, erase which is much dirtier if not properly punctuated. In the woods Elena explains to Stefan why it's important for her to learn this. She blames her Doppelganger curse for preventing her from drinking either animal blood or from a blood bag.
I call shenanigans; Katherine had no trouble feeding from a blood bag in season one when she was trapped in the tomb. They're also having hunter defense class so Stefan shoots an arrow at her and she hurls it back at him. At great velocity.
It whizzes over Stefan's shoulder and I really hope there's no one in its trajectory. So irresponsible! Stefan suggests that Elena take lessons from Caroline , who has the cool vampire girl routine down.
Elena explains that Caroline's too good at being a vampire; she can't help with the blood lust if she's never felt the blood lust. I again call shenanigans. Caroline lusted for the blood plenty when she turned, enough so that she killed that kindly carny her first night out.
This is all becoming way too plot-servicey to the goal of getting Damon and Elena alone together again. Stefan concedes the point and they sexfight some more. Elena mentions that Bonnie will be with them; Grams used to teach there and the professor who took over her classes invited Bonnie.
Mystic Grill. Matt's wiping down a shot glass and rocking a tight Mystic Grill t-shirt when Rebekah approaches. She offers him a new truck as an apology; Matt suggests she offer it to Elena since she's the one Rebekah killed and stalks off.
Klaus is there and after trash talking Rebekah for bribing the help drops the bomb about the Brotherhood of the Five being back in the game. Rebekah claims she doesn't care but when Klaus departs worry crosses her face. Whitmore College.
Damon parks in the middle of what looks like a pedestrian pathway and the group disembarks. Elena thanks Bonnie for letting them crash and Bonnie's all, better you learn this now than at freshman orientation. Elena frets that she might not get to go to college but Damon says he's been a bunch of times.
Seems he has a weakness for co-eds. Bonnie: You're disgusting. Damon: I know.
They crash a lecture by someone IMDb tells us is called Professor Shane .
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