Saturday, September 10, 2011
Why doesn't Bridget Fonda make films anymore?
It's been almost ten years since Bridget Fonda's had a movie out (the last one was 2002's TV movie "Snow Queen"). I think everybody agrees she was great in "Single White Female."
But I was on Netflix's home page this week and one of their watch again suggestions was "Point Of No Return." That 90s film was a remake of the French thriller "La Femme Nikita." I had seen it before -- actually both films before.
And I ended up streaming PONR and got all caught up in it. There are problems with the remake. None of those problems are Bridget Fonda.
She is riveting and really just amazing.
Watching "Point Of No Return," I was reminded of just how much I miss Bridget Fonda onscreen. The last time I saw her on the big screen was "Jackie Brown." I hate Robert De Niro and his character killing Bridget's didn't make me like him any better.
She provided so much life to the early part of "Jackie Brown."
I missed "Kiss Of The Dragon" on the big screen but bought it as soon as it came out on DVD. She was wonderful in that too.
I don't think she's ever had a part that's really been written for her, to show off all she could do. But she always made each role seem real.
In "Point Of No Return," it's her last scene with Amanda that really nails her character down. There's just so much tension between the characters (Amanda is played by Anne Bancroft) and such an effort to hide the tension. Without that scene, nothing that happens in the last 30 minutes or the end of the film makes sense. And it's not really written, that scene, to set it up. It's all Fonda and Bancroft.
Among her other films worth catching, I'd note "Singles" (she and Matt Dillon make that film and should have been the lead actors), "Grace of My Heart" (a great film where she has a small part in it as a Leslie Gore type singer in the sixties), "Godfather III" (again, a small part and it should have been a bigger role, she had real chemistry with Andy Garcia) and "Bodies, Rest and Motion" which I think is her finest performance and her finest film.
Added: Just after I posted, I remembered one other great Bridget Fonda film.
"Rough Magic." We wrote about that film at Third last year in "What Makes Crowe A Star?" and this is a Bridget film not to miss.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"