Finn: Oh, look at that!
Anna: I never liked full moons. They give people an excuse to do foolish things.
Finn: Well, I’m young. I’m supposed to do foolish things.
Anna: And spend the rest of your life paying for them?
Finn: Well, it’s better than spending the rest of my life wondering what I missed.
Anna: I’d rather wonder than kick myself.
Finn: I’d rather kick myself.
Anna: Fine. You will end up with a deeply sore backside.
Full disclosure: I have not actually read Louisa May Alcott’s book (it’s the first thing I am going to read in 2015, though.) I have, however, seen Gillian Armstrong’s masterpiece more times than any other movie. I first saw it when it was in theaters. I went with my mother and we both loved it so much and when it was over she told me all about how much she loved the book (and its sequel), and yet for some reason I still haven’t read the book! *holds head in shame* This movie celebrates its 20th anniversary on Sunday and as far as I can tell the studio that has the distribution rights doesn’t give a hoot and isn’t doing anything for it; no anniversary Blu-ray, no anniversary screenings in LA, nothing! So I thought I would pay tribute to this beautiful film by writing about it for Female Filmmaker Friday right around its anniversary.
Victoria Snelling: What about marriage and a family?
Corky: Definitely. Definitely want a family. Boys, though. Lots of boys.
Victoria Snelling: No girls? Girls are nice, too, I think.
Corky: Ahhh, maybe some girls, too. But you know, like, that stuff, that’s all besides the point. The real problem is to find a good guy for the father.
Victoria Snelling: Tell me about it.
Corky: Well. I’m real particular, you know? And I’m also patient enough. I mean, at least I hope I am. Cuz, you know, I don’t know, maybe you got to wait awhile, you know. Cuz maybe it’s not so easy to find the exact right guy, you know? Like, the one guy, you know?
Victoria Snelling: Another mechanic maybe.
Corky: Hell, I don’t care what he does, as long as he loves me right. With his soul. You know, takes me for who I am.
Victoria Snelling: I know what you mean.
Corky: Like Popeye says, “I y’am, what I y’am!” Right?
Victoria Snelling: You certainly are.
Inspired by this post @ awardsdaily I’ve gone through the Best Actress nominees from 1989-2009 and picked by favorite nominated performances. Only two of my ten favorite performances went on to win the Oscar. Granted, I haven’t seen every Best Actress winner, let alone nominee, from the last 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of them. If you’re interested buying any of the films discussed below, click here.
My list after the cut.