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Mommie Dearest

Released 1981
Distributor Paramount

“No wire hangers, ever!” Joan Crawford once noted in an early 70s interview that among current actresses only Faye Dunaway had “what it takes” to become a true star. Faye repaid the compliment by portraying Joan in this movie based on daughter Christina Crawford’s tell-all book about the dysfunctional household she grew up in with her mercurial movie star mom. Despite its numerous “Razzie” awards for Worst Picture it’s developed a rabid fan following over the years.

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About Dan Ireland

Dan Ireland loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing on April 14, 2016.

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Jenny Agutter fan

As I’ve noted numerous times, I took it seriously when I watched it. At the very least, it didn’t come across as a cynical attempt to get its star an Oscar nod (which is more than you can say for Man on the Moon).