Wednesday, November 16, 2022

5 Off My Head: Sister Maggie May I

Today we wish the sister Gyllenhaal a happy 45th birthday! Maggie, that is. We tend to lavish all the attention on her brother but we're quite fond of her too -- beyond all of her terrific turns in front of the camera she proved herself a fantastic screenwriter and director last year as well with her fabulous debut film The Lost Daughter. Crazy that The Lost Daughter is a first film, quite honestly -- very much hope she's keen to direct again. As long as she keeps acting -- directing has stolen our Sarah Polleys and for the most part our Greta Gerwigs already; we can't lose every brash and intelligent presence on-screen.

That said going through her filmography just now I've realized there are a surprising number of her most praised turns that I've never seen -- I've never seen Crazy Heart, I've never seen The Kindergarten Teacher. I've only seen the first season of The Deuce. What the fuck have I been doing with my life? Anyway I do want to give some love to the ones I have seen, so we made a list!

My 5 Favorite Maggie Gyllenhaal Performances

Elizabeth, Donnie Darko (2001)
"You can go suck a fuck."
Sherry, Sherrybaby (2006)
"I'll suck your dick if you give me the job I want."
Lee, Secretary (2002)
"Just a scoop of creamed potatoes,
one slice of butter, and four peas."
Clara, Frank(2014)
"Stay away from my fucking theremin.."
LN, Away We Go (2009)
"If I could I would lay my eggs in your brood pouch."

What are your favorite Maggie performances?

1 comment:

Shawny said...

I prefer Maggie's directorial work.