Saturday, June 16, 2007

My Weekend Crush

There is something both very sharp yet very vulnerable about Catherine Keener. This isn’t the whimpering subservient kind of vulnerability one might expect, but a vulnerability born from an earnest awkwardness about herself. Not that Catherine isn’t confident or competent. Quite the contrary. Still she seems wholly uninterested in the superficial machinations of Hollywood. (Catch her in a rare interview here and here.) Sadly, for too long Hollywood seemed wholly uninterested in her completely unsuperficial talents.

Her early career included appearances in roles like “Cocktail Waitress,” “Trucker’s Girl” and “Steve’s Secretary.” Then, she stumbled into indie film, a niche where she blossomed in small endearing pictures like “Living in Oblivion,” “Walking and Talking” and “Box of Moonlight,” And then, then came “Being John Malkovich.” It was the smack on the forehead we’d all been waiting for. Here was this smart, sexy woman capable of both scorching sting and sly sweetness. Simply sensational. I consider her one of the most consistently brilliant working actresses to have never won an Oscar. But, give her time. And, if all else fails, I’d be willing to smack a few Academy voters on the forehead on her behalf. Happy weekend, all.

7 comments:

slacker said...

Good pick on the weekend pick. I think "Living in Oblivion" and "Walking and Talking" were the first films I saw with Keener...definitely hooked.

As an aside, have you seen the short "Getting to Know You?" It stars her sister, Elizabeth. There's a clip here: http://www.verybaddog.com/gtky_index.html
(and no, I'm not affiliated with the production...just a movie geek)

pod said...

my all time top number one crush of all time


sigh.

Cyberspastic said...

I thought she was great in "Lovely and Amazing."

gulpie said...

love the pic. must be such a hard job, to find all these lovely and amazing pics for a living...

reelgal said...

Excellent choice.
"Friends With Money" has at least two of your weekend crushes in it.

mimi ka. said...

Ohh... i don't know what is about her... but you just can look away! I get this feeling only with her, Jolie and Hayek... OMG!

Lollapalooza said...

Let's not forget Neil LaBute's excellent "Your Friends & Neighbors". Cathrine Keener is brilliant in that - and as a bonus she gets cozy with Natassja Kinski.