margaret thatcher

The Review Revue: THE IRON LADY

Article: The Review Revue: THE IRON LADY

In “The Review Revue,” we turn dozens of movie reviews from all over the Internet into one handy blog post. It’s like super-concentrated orange juice for film criticism (with less pulp and Vitamin D). This week: Meryl Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher in THE IRON LADY.

There are few metaphysical certainties in this world. I only know of three: death, taxes, and annual Oscar talk about Meryl Streep. Streep has won two Academy Awards (for KRAMER VERSUS KRAMER and SOPHIE’S CHOICE) and received a record sixteen nominations, including three in the last four years for THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, DOUBT, and JULIE & JULIA. Her latest film, THE IRON LADY, has Streep the focus of renewed Oscar buzz, and could easily bump her career total to an even more astonishing seventeen nominations. The title of the film refers to the nickname of Streep’s character, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. It — and its star’s incredible award track record — suggests a nickname for Streep: The Gold Lady.

But was The Gold Lady’s performance good enough to win over the critics? Or was THE IRON LADY’s reputation less than sterling? Let’s find out.

Panty fetish

Article: Panty fetish

Gay men have long been obsessed with both celebrity culture and underwear. Yes, typically, these things are separate fetishes. But for Belgium-based artist Jan Bucquoy the two are one. Bucquoy’s “Musee du Slip” has just opened in Brussels. Yes, that does translate to “underpants museum.” The exhibit features framed underwear of politicians, entertainers, and artists. It’s odd…

A Mixed Blessing

Article: A Mixed Blessing

Last night the United States of America elected its first African American president. It also elected its first mixed-race president, which to me, holds a very special significance. When I was 18 and worked as a hostess in an Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side all the servers and busboys there called me “Tiger…