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    2018 April:

    I will watch a certain number of films from Jamie Lee Curtis’ filmography and I will evaluate them according to specific categories. I will also give the films a short review next to my score. Since I do not have as much spare time, this project can take up to several weeks, even months. Jamie Lee Curtis is one of my favorite actresses of all time, so it will be hard not to be biased towards her, but in any case I try to evaluate her filmography in the most fair way possible. Let the project start!

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    And now I’m going to post my short reviews & ratings on the films I’ve seen from Jamie’s filmography. I watched 7 films for the project since 2018 April.

    “Blue Steel” (1989)

    Co-stars: Ron Silver; Clancy Brown; Elizabeth Pena; Louise Fletcher; Philip Bosco; Richard Jenkins and Kevin Dunn.

    “Blue Steel” is a guilty pleasure film with a memorable lead turn by Jamie Lee Curtis. The direction is good, but Bigelow’s script and characterization is rather mediocre – thank God that these days she passes the script-writing to Mark Boal. Unfortunately, there are so many unpleasant things in the movie that are awkward (scenes when the police say that none of the witnesses remembers an armed attack or when it comes to two Megan Turners all over New York). Unfortunately, these scenes and weak ideas undermine the value of the film. In any case, as I have mentioned, it is still an absolutely watchable and likable guilty pleasure film, and Curtis really does everything in the role of a strong policeman who does not let herself become a victim of a bully.

    ►Film (as an action-thriller): 3│Curtis’ role: 3.5│Curtis’ performance: 4

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    “Freaky Friday” (2003)

    Co-stars: Lindsay Lohan; Mark Harmon; Chad Michael Murray; Harold Gould; Ryan Malgarini; Rosalind Chao; Lucille Soong and Willie Garson.

    One of my favorite movies of my youth, with original humor, human drama and perfect presentation of mother-daughter relationship. This movie has become one of the best fantasy-comedies over the years for a reason. Curtis and Lohan’s chemistry were iconic and phenomenal. Jamie Lee Curtis deserved an Oscar for her work, and the Academy may be ashamed of not recognizing her remarkably funny and brilliant performance in this.

    ►Film (as a fantasy-comedy): 5│Curtis’ role: 5│Curtis’ performance: 5

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    “Christmas with the Kranks” (2004)

    Co-stars: Tim Allen; Dan Aykroyd; M. Emmet Walsh; Elizabeth Franz; Felicity Huffman and Julie Gonzalo.

    This movie is one of my favorite family Christmas movies of all time, in which humor is accompanied by emotional and dramatic moments. It is by no means a perfect film, but neither the genre nor the story is wanting to be more than simply entertaining and fun. The critics expected too much of the film – at the moment you let go of the big expectations, this movie will be a joy to watch. Jamie Lee Curtis is the by far the best thing about the film and her duo with Tim Allen is really effective.

    ►Film (as a Christmas-comedy): 4│Curtis’ role: 3.5│Curtis’ performance: 4

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    “Trading Places” (1983)

    Co-stars: Dan Aykroyd; Eddie Murphy and Denholm Elliott.

    This film is a typical example of those older Hollywood comedies that did not have to worry about political correctness. The film shows brilliantly how surreal the world of rich people is and how much unnecessary madness they can engage in when they are bored. Only the cast of the movie is better than the movie’s screenplay. It is interesting to note that of the six major actors in the film, only Jamie Lee Curtis has no Oscar nominations yet. The others: Bellamy (“The Awful Truth”, 1937); Ameche (“Cocoon”, 1985); Elliott (“A Room with a View”, 1985) Aykroyd (“Driving Miss Daisy”, 1989) and Murphy (“Dreamgirls”, 2006) have all been nominated for an Oscar. Interestingly, all five actors have been nominated as Best Supporting Actor, and to this day all five have only one Oscar nomination. Only Don Ameche was able to win the actual prize. I think it is a crime against humanity that Jamie Lee Curtis has not yet received an Oscar nomination (but at least Bafta noticed it and rewarded her for playing Ophelia). In Trading Places, Jamie Lee Curtis did what she could in the role of the dedicated and smart prostitute. Of course, her character would have deserved a small backstory at least, but none of the characters got a lot of backstories, rather they were placed in the absurd plot. Overall, I loved every minute of this comedy and I believe it’s another worthy piece of Jamie Lee Curtis’s filmography.

    ►Film (as a Comedy): 5│Curtis’ role: 3.5│Curtis’ performance: 4

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    Current Tally:
    1. “Freaky Friday” (2003) – 15 points
    2. “Trading Places” (1983) – 12,5 points
    2. “Christmas with the Kranks” (2004) – 11,5 points
    3. “Blue Steel” (1989) – 10,5 points

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    Once I was wandering around a parking garage looking for my car after a play. I had forgotten where I parked. She seemed to be having the same problem because I kept seeing her and Chris Guest looking around on different floors like I was. It was so Halloweenish. I’d open a door or get off an escalator and turn the corner and then suddenly there was Jamie Lee Curtis.

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    I do think she will eventually get a nomination. She is so underrated

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    “Halloween” (1978)

    Co-stars: Nancy Loomis; Nick Castle; P. J. Soles; Brian Andrews; Kyle Richards and Charles Cyphers.

    “Halloween” is one of the films that helped create the ‘slasher’ genre and the ‘final girl’ stereotypical character, so no matter how familiar the story seems, it may in no way be considered unoriginal as this film gave an example for slasher films in the first place. The viewer in this movie is about to meet Jamie Lee Curtis for the first time as Laurie Strode, in a close to pitch-perfect final girl performance. This film was the first horror film in Curtis’ career. After “Halloween”, they cast the actress in a number of horror films and TV shows such as “The Fog” (1980); “Prom Night” (1980); “Terror Train” (1980), other Halloween-related films and “Scream Queens” (2015-2016). Of course, she was the most memorable in “Halloween”. The screenplay itself did not give Curtis big, showy scenes like it did to Nancy Loomis, but the final girl in many cases is not the most exciting character, but the most sensible and the one with whom the viewer is best able to identify with during the battle with the evil. Overall, Halloween is a must-watch movie for everyone, with style-creating and thrilling scenes, fantastic performances by Curtis, Loomis & Pleasence and superb directing by John Carpenter.

    ►Film (as a Horror): 5│Curtis’ role: 4.5│Curtis’ performance: 4.5

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    “True Lies” (1994)

    Co-stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger; Eliza Dushku; Tia Carrere; Bill Paxton; Tom Arnold and Art Malik.

    James Cameron made films in a lot of film genres, including an action-comedy called “True Lies”, which, despite it’s clichés, is one of the most fun action-comedies of all time. For this film, Jamie Lee Curtis was almost nominated for an Oscar, but unfortunately she did not succeed because of the category-confusing. In my opinion, there was no question in that although Curtis had a bigger role in the second part of the film, she was 100% a supporting player, and she should have been nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress. Perhaps the cinematic genre and popcorn-effect (too different from the Academy’s taste) of the film also contributed to the fact that Curtis eventually did not get an Oscar nomination. But an actress who could provide such a good performance next to a horribly bad protagonist (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice was not in sync with the scene in which he was ‘acting’, not to mention his expressionless mimics), she would have deserved a nomination, if not an actual win.

    ►Film (as an Action-Comedy): 4│Curtis’ role: 4.5│Curtis’ performance: 5

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    Current Tally:
    1. “Freaky Friday” (2003) – 15 points
    2. “Halloween” (1978) – 14 points
    3. “True Lies” (1994) – 13,5 points
    4. “Trading Places” (1983) – 12,5 points
    5. “Christmas with the Kranks” (2004) – 11,5 points
    6. “Blue Steel” (1989) – 10,5 points

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    She is your favorite actress only that’s why you are writing reviews on her movies otherwise I have not seen anyone talking about her in the present.

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    She is one of my favorite actresses, yes. But I have this project for years now. I’ve done one with Jodie Foster (no reviews, just ratings here) and Halle Berry as well. I might do more. JLC will always be relevant, though. She is an exceptional actress, with another Halloween movie on her way. I understand that if it’s a bit off for others, so if the moderators want to delete the thread, go ahead.

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