#111 | Fatal Attraction 2: Bitches Be Crazy
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A few weeks ago, Glenn Close achieved the dubious distinction of scoring her seventh Oscar nomination without a win. We weren’t particularly devastated – Olivia Colman gave a better performance in a much better film – but it did lead us to think a little bit about her contribution to cinema to date, and the many near misses she’s experienced, from early breakouts in The Big Chill and The World According to Garp to her star turns Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liaisons to her recent comeback efforts in Albert Nobbs and The Wife.
Actually, it led one of us to think about these films. One half of this Podcasting duo hadn’t actually seen Glenn Close in any of those pre-The Wife roles. In fact, the only glimmer of recognition came from her cameo in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It’s fair to say those two movies do not represent her best work.
So, by way of a tribute and emergency education program combined, we thought we’d dedicate our latest mini-season to exploring the long and varied career of Glenn Close. We’ll be covering four notable movies in her catalogue and seeing how they hold up from the perspectives of a fan (John) and a newbie (Harry). With our usual format of drinking games, sequel pitches and general frivolity, of course.
First up, we take a look at one of her most iconic roles, Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction. To some, it’s a bold and challenging depiction of obsession and mental illness, to others it’s misogynistic trash, but few could argue with the power of Glenn’s central performance, which launched at least a dozen inferior knock-offs in the curious late 80s/early 90s ‘Bitches Be Crazy’ micro-genre – think Single White Female, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Basic Instinct etc.
Tune into this week’s podcast to hear our thoughts on animal abuse – yes, the Bunny, but spare a thought for poor Quincey the dog! – Anne Archer’s frustratingly passive supporting role and the controversial re-shot ending that transforms Glenn’s tortured stalker into a permed Jason Voorhees. You can find the show on all good podcasting platforms – simply follow the links at the top of this blog post or search Beyond The Box Set on your preferred podcatcher.
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Next week, we’re strapping on a corset and adjusting our wigs for one of Glenn’s most celebrated character roles. Until then, happy listening, and please take good care of your pets…