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Meryl Streep’s been knocking hit performances out of the park since the 1970s, so how can we possibly expect to organize our thoughts about all of them? Vulture’s Definitive Meryl Streep Matrix has at least whittled it down to two intersecting spectra, running from cold to warm and from serious to frivolous. The “cold and frivolous” quadrant is the most sparse, yet the movies it contains (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Death Becomes Her”) are huge fan favorites. It just so happens to be a pretty definitive matrix of her hairstyles as well (or is that itself too frivolous to point out?).
If a movie doesn’t contain at least one instance of maniacal laughter, then it’s probably not very entertaining. Graphic artist James Chapman has put together a supercut of these moments from a hundred different films. For full effect, I recommend loading this on your office computer and just letting it run while you are out getting lunch. Be sure to turn your monitor off so that it takes a while for people to tell where it’s coming from!
If a slightly more highbrow video compilation is more to your taste, you may enjoy this sampler of every single shot from “Children of Men” which was forty-five seconds or longer. The poster cites the upcoming film “Gravity,” which is reported to have a seventeen-minute opening take, as the inspiration for his closer look at the P. D. James adaptation.
Long takes are certainly one of the more tolerable trends that a film could inspire – here’s a list of fourteen great films that inspired truly regrettable trends, to the point where it’s contaminated our appreciation of the original (like “The Blair Witch Project”). Apparently being too original can be just as much a liability as not being original enough.