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  1. November 18, 2010 7:31 pm

    Love love love her, and her role in High Art is also one of my favorites. She’s so distinctive, and at the same time so chameleon-like. And striking.

  2. November 18, 2010 7:49 pm

    I saw the movie Cairo Time this summer, and it basically is a better Eat Pray Love, starring Patricia Clarkson!! I highly recommend it. I wasn’t so sure about the subject matter, but like you, I sign onto anything she does, especially a lead. I wish this movie got more attention, it was so lovely in capturing both the mundane lapses of time when traveling alone, as well as the spontaneous intimacies that arise in short-term spontaneous relationships.

    Love you Ms. Clarkson! HBO totally needs to call you up.

  3. November 18, 2010 11:57 pm

    Love, love, love her. Pieces of April is where she really caught my eye. I took a hiatus from pop culture for about 5 years (from 1999 on), and rented that film when I was emerging from it, back in 2004. I had no clue who Katie Holmes was (if I had, I probably wouldn’t have bothered), but the cover looked interesting, and “Oh, look! Peter Hedges!” so I picked it up. Watched it once, then went back and bought it.

    Anywho… what about her role in Lars and the Real Girl,/i>?

  4. November 18, 2010 11:58 pm

    Did you like my half-distracted extra code I threw in there for flavor?

  5. hsofia permalink
    November 19, 2010 1:37 am

    I love her, too. Pieces of April, All the Real Girls, the Six Feet Under stint, and Far From Heaven are my favorite performances of hers.

  6. aliciamaud permalink
    November 19, 2010 8:36 am

    She is so fantastic…Pieces of April is a favorite of mine to use with students around this time of year…and I really loved her performance in The Station Agent, as well, which is a film I keep meaning to revisit, having noticed the other actors from that film all over the place lately. I heard an NPR interview (back in the Spring) about Clarkson’s turn in Streetcar…I would have considered committing serious crimes in order to get myself to one of those performances…she has the perfect voice for oozing some of that dialogue.

  7. November 19, 2010 9:34 am

    @Krista: Lars and the Real Girl is a favorite movie AND a favorite Clarkson performance of mine.

    And add me to the line of Pieces of April fans, too! Part of what I love about Clarkson is how she embodies a different Southern woman, one depicted less often in movies/tv, but one those of us who have lived in the South would be familiar with.

  8. November 19, 2010 10:42 am

    @Krista: Lars and the Real Girl is a favorite movie AND a favorite Clarkson performance of mine.

    Yes! And definitely embodied a Southern lady that I definitely recognize from my time spent there. Kind of a riff on the type of character Kathy Bates is good at. Though mildly.

    Also, was it even appropriate of me to consider Patricia Clarkson a candidate for “Who is that Actor?” I went back and forth about it for awhile – debating between her, Mare Winningham and Mary Kay Place! I think of the three, her face is harder to conjure up if you’re not a dedicated fan and she’s done more work than the other two, while being of a similar cohort.

  9. November 19, 2010 10:49 am

    One thing I like about her is that her features are pretty timeless… she can be almost beautiful in whatever style and makeup she’s put in!

  10. aliciamaud permalink
    November 19, 2010 11:47 am

    @redlami–that’s true! Though that costs me money. Every time I see her in something I find myself buying something that’s in a color she was wearing, or purchasing a lipstick shade that she had on because we have vaguely similar coloring (though clearly she has long been wiser re: sunblock) and she always looks STUNNING. Like, after school I want to shop for that powder blue and teal getup she has in the frame above.

  11. hsofia permalink
    November 19, 2010 2:12 pm

    @snarkysmachine – Patricia Clarkson is more of a name than Mary Kay Place for sure! She doesn’t seem to get to play lead that much, but she’s often in ensembles. I put her on same fame level as, say, Oliver Platt. He is in a lot of things, never really the lead, but if they list five stars from the movie, he’ll be in the list. I grew up watching Mare Winningham in so many tv movies as the lead female that I can’t remember not knowing who she is.

  12. November 19, 2010 2:17 pm

    She is divine. I love her and am ashamed to say that I haven’t seen some of the movies listed here. I will remedy this quickly.

  13. November 19, 2010 2:44 pm

    Nicely timed to view Pieces of April right before Thanksgiving Week! Of course there’s Oliver Platt in that… heh.

    But I always wanted to see Ms. Clarkson team up with Beth Broderick as sisters in something. In fact, I’m rather stunned they haven’t worked together so far! Hopefully soon.

  14. evmaroon permalink
    November 20, 2010 2:21 am

    I really adored her struggling wife portrayal in Murder One. So glad you put the spotlight on her, Snarky! And for some reason I always think of her and Jane Kazmareck in the same moment, maybe because Kazmareck’s work in the movie Housekeeping strikes me as reminiscent of some of Clarkson’s roles.

  15. hsofia permalink
    November 20, 2010 3:31 am

    NYCPenPusher – wow, what a bingo! on the Beth Broderick similarity. I remember her from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch but never knew her name.

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