Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

She is woman, hear her roar.

Ellen Burstyn won a most-deserved Oscar as a woman who carves out a new life for herself and her son after her husband is killed in a car wreck.

There is humor in Martin Scorsese’s film, written by Oscar nominee Robert Getchell, but there are also a lot of tough emotional moments.

Keeping it all balanced, Burstyn portrays a woman tired of apologizing for her dreams, and ready to claim some hard-earned happiness after a lifetime of dealing with needy, overbearing men.

The birth of a queen, and the rightful coronation of Burstyn.

 

The Silence of the Lambs

Three decades and no one has touched it.

The first horror film to take Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and one of only three movies to win the top five Oscars, this remains a cinematic touchstone.

There was almost a version of this with original casting choices Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Connery, and Gene Hackman in place of Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn.

I love that trio, but the cast we got knocked it out of the park.

Foster, in particular, soars as a detective-in-training who may be small in stature, but is tough as they come.

 

Hotel Artemis

The nurse will see you now.

Jodie Foster, the best actress of my lifetime, sinks deep under old-age makeup to play a woman with a past, and a certain set of skills.

Belong to her super-secret underground club for career criminals, she’ll patch up your bullet holes, fix all your boo-boos big and small, and do so discretely and efficiently.

But if you don’t have the magical passport, you’re out of luck, and man-mountain Dave Bautista hovers nearby to enforce the no interlopers policy.

“His name is Everest. Do you know why?”

No worries, you’ll figure it out soon enough.

Carny

Keep both hands on your money.

Though, even if you do, you’re still likely to have little left in your wallet by the time the grifters who run this show are done.

Pretty much everyone is a sleazebag in this tale of life spent forever moving from town to town, and that includes the lead trio.

Jodie Foster, the best there ever was, is a standout as a young woman looking to leave her stifling home life far behind, while Gary Busey and Robbie Robertson are appropriately soaked in cynicism.

Not a sweet movie, but a nicely tart one.

Maverick

Always bet on Jodie Foster.

I firmly believe the two-time Oscar winner is the best actress of her generation — a woman who wowed as a child and an adult.

While this lighthearted comedy adventure in the Wild West might not be her deepest movie, it remains frothy fun a couple of decades after it hit the silver screen.

And yes, I get that a lot of people have a different opinion on Mel Gibson in 2020 than they did in ’94.

But for me, this was always about Foster (and the forever-charming James Garner), so I shall allow my love to abide.