Holy motherforking shirt-balls, are you folks even READY FOR THIS? Because I sure as heck am only about 29% ready.
The season is upon us. It is time. For another bracket of epic, unfathomable proportions
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, around this time last year I completed the daunting feat of organizing and watching 32 Meryl Streep movies in order to deduce her greatest performance of all time. And this year I will do it all again, this time with 16 female directors from around the globe. Behold… MATRIARCH MADNESS.
For those of you looking at my list and saying, “Hey wait a hot second, where the heck are Sofia Coppola, Greta Gerwig, Kathryn Bigelow, and the Wachowski Sisters? Those are the only women directors I know!” Well, that’s the kind of the point. Those are the only women directors I know too!
Before Meryl Madness 2019, I had only seen 2-3 Streep films. So, in the spirit of broadening my horizons, I have carefully selected a variety of female directors with that in mind. The oldest movie on the bracket is from 1974, the most recent won’t be out for 2 weeks. These directors are old and young, queer and straight, French, Black, Canadian, Scottish, Asian, Indian, British, Argentinian, Belgian, Iranian, Italian, New Zealander, and American.
I chose women who had an oeuvre to choose from, selected two films that I thought (based on nothing but descriptions, related articles, and how intrigued I personally was by them) best exemplified their aesthetics. The first round will determine each director’s best film, and with that film to represent them, the games will begin.
32 films. 16 directors. 1 winner. This is… #MatriarchMadness