Theme of the Month: Greatest Hits II
Star of the Month: Meryl Streep
It’s a widely recognized fact that one usually romanticizes the way things used to be as they
grow older. Usually this sort of thing is more rooted in selective remembering than the truth that things actually were better – it’s a given that we tend to predominantly remember the good things when reminiscing. The negatives are usually forgotten unless they’re pretty awful.
As the year comes to a close, I figure it might in some ways be healing to harken back to the “good old days.” Particularly on my mind is something Peterson Reviews did two Decembers ago, back when my lust for cinema was perhaps even stronger than it is now (I’m tired, OK?). Rather than go with a standard theme for the month, I’d decided way back when that it might be valuable to only watch movies deemed as classics for 31 days. And then week or so ago, I thought that such was a fun prospect to flesh out a second time. Ending the year with a succession of iconic films sounds so much more appetizing than taking risk after risk and crossing one’s fingers that there might at some point be the discovery of a potential hidden gem.
Because I so often give chances to features that might not deserve it in the long run, sometimes it’s more appealing to have slightly more assurance on my side. Consider December 2017 to pick up right where December 2015 left off; it’ll be a bombardment of write-ups regarding movies you’ve probably heard of, just saddled with fresher takes.
To reflect this parade of classic movies, I have additionally chosen Meryl Streep, widely agreed to be the greatest living actress, as the star of the month. Since she’s played the lead in so many movies that have made a permanent mark on the culture, such a choice only makes sense in my mind. With the upcoming Streep-led The Post coming out soon, now seems a good time to spend a month with Queen Meryl.
The writing on the site might get a little dense as a result – there’s so much to be discussed when a culturally and/or aesthetically significant film is the subject at hand – but I hope you’ll enjoy coming on the wild ride that will be the next 31 days. I know I’m certainly excited about the idea. Happy watching, and happy reading!