I like her and all and I think she’s a fine actress, but let’s look at the resume: three best actress nominations (one for supporting, but still), one win, the title of the world’s highest paid actress ($52 million in 2015), and a reputation as a goofy, lovable, down to earth gal that would be anyone’s best friend. Are we sure she’s THAT good? Her performance in Hunger Games is just fine, but she plays a pretty passive lead character that sits around and mopes until she starts yelling. Even her performance in one of her Oscar winning scenes here. Isn’t that Bradley Cooper’s scene? We know she’s capable of flipping out, but if you replaced her with an average actress, isn’t that scene 90% as good? Also, are we sure she always manages to trip/rip her dress/forget her speech? At the risk of sounding overly cynical, is it possible that her super chill persona is just a creation of some super smart publicist? I think she’s a good actress and I actually think she’s improving, but I’m not exactly sold on her being the number one actress in the world right now.
True Detective Season 2
It’s messy, imperfect, and it was never going to live up to its own lofty expectations. But what if you didn’t know it ever existed and I came up to you and described it? Close your eyes and imagine my voice. “Hello. There’s this new show that you can binge watch on HBO about a few crooked detectives and a trying-to-go-straight gangster. They’re up against all of their own departments (who all went them to fail) in a conspiracy that goes to the top. The show builds a little slow, but the last four episodes are filled with action and drama and it leads to a heartbreaking conclusion. Also, the show features totally committed A-List talent.” So maybe you won’t run to the TV immediately, but you’d put it on your list, right? No? Aw, well, I kinda liked it.