best film: Alien (1979 from Ridley Scott) is the best film in the series Weaver is most associated with but it’s not a landslide- Aliens is right there and, along with another Weaver film, Avatar, competes closely for being the best work from James Cameron.
best performance: Aliens may be slightly inferior to its predecessor as film art but Weaver’s performance is far superior in Aliens (1986) from James Cameron. In Alien she’s the Janet Leigh or Jamie Lee Curtis victim of a horror film-like monster who is stalked. It’s impressive reactionary horror acting—but—in the sequel Weaver gives us everything including a full blown action star. It’s a gigantic performance.
stylistic innovations/traits: Action star (aliens), horror victim (alien), embodiment of arrogance (working girl), and the personification of jaded malevolence (the ice storm). Weaver has been a blockbuster goddess since the very beginning. It’s really no more than a cameo in Annie Hall (a fun film to track cameos of) but from Alien, to her work with Cameron, to Working Girl, to Ghostbusters she has been in some huge films and she’s been great in all of them.
directors worked with: Cameron (2) and then Ridley Scott, Mike Nichols, Polanski among others once.
Top 5 Performances:
- The Year of Living Dangerously
- The Ice Storm
- Working Girl
|1977- Annie Hall|
|1982- The Year of Living Dangerously|
|1988- Working Girl|
|1994- Death and the Maiden|
|1997- The Ice Storm|
|2011- Cedar Rapids|
|2011- The Cabin in the Woods|
|2017- The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)|