My Year With Meryl


Who doesn’t love Meryl Streep?

She’s been one of my top two favorites actresses my whole life, and it’s always been a goal of mine to go back and watch all of her movies. While her three D movies—Defending Your Life, Death Becomes Her, and The Devil Wears Prada—remain my all-time favorites of hers, there are plenty of films she has starred in I still haven’t seen. The Seduction of Joe Tynan. Heartburn. Dancing at Lughnasa. There’s also a bunch that I love but that I haven’t seen in years, like Kramer Vs. Kramer, The River Wild, and Adaptation.

When I saw that her fiftieth, fifty-first, and fifty-second films were coming out in 2014 (The Giver, The Homesman, Into the Woods), I got the idea. What if I watched one Meryl Streep movie a week for an entire year, and wrote a piece about each film that I watched? Thus, the My Year With Meryl project was born.

I will be watching her movies in order, from her 1977 debut Julia, all the way to her latest Into the Woods, a musical co-starring Johnny Depp, that is to be released the last week of 2014. There are a few films I won’t cover.  Some of her early TV movies I’ll be skipping due to unavailability, as well as a couple shorts she starred in and animated movies she voiced. But you’ll see almost everything here.

Check back each week to see my take on her latest movie, and if you’d like, feel free to take the journey with me!

52 Weeks. 52 Films.

Meryl Streep.

Week 1: Julia (1977)

Week 2: Holocaust (1978)

Week 3: The Deer Hunter (1978)

Week 4: Manhattan (1979)

Week 5: The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)

Week 6: Kramer Vs Kramer (1979)

Week 7: The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)

Week 8: Still of the Night (1982)

Week 9: Sophie’s Choice (1982)

Week 10: Silkwood (1983)

Week 11: Falling in Love (1984)

Week 12: Plenty (1985)

Week 13: Out of Africa (1985)

Week 14: Heartburn (1986)

Week 15: Ironweed (1987)

Week 16: A Cry in the Dark (1988)

Week 17: She-Devil (1989)

Week 18: Postcards From the Edge (1990)

Week 19: Defending Your Life (1991)

Week 20: Death Becomes Her (1992)

Week 21: The House of the Spirits (1993)

Week 22: The River Wild (1994)

Week 23: The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Week 24: Before & After (1996)

Week 25: Marvin’s Room (1996)

Week 26: …First Do No Harm (1997)

Week 27: One True Thing (1998)

Week 28: Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)

Week 29: Music of the Heart (1999)

Week 30: Adaptation (2002)

Week 31: The Hours (2002)

Week 32: Angels in America (2003)

Week 33: The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Week 34: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Week 35: Prime (2005)

Week 36: A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

Week 37: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Week 38: Evening (2007)

Week 39: Rendition (2007)

Week 40: Lions for Lambs (2007)

Week 41: Dark Matter (2008)

Week 42: Mamma Mia (2008)

Week 43: Doubt (2008)

Week 44: Julie & Julia (2009)

Week 45: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Week 46: It’s Complicated (2009)

Week 47: The Iron Lady (2011)

Week 48: Hope Springs (2012)

Week 49: August: Osage County (2013)

Week 50: The Giver (2014)

Week 51: The Homesman (2014)

Week 52: Into the Woods (2014)


One thought on “My Year With Meryl

  1. Caz says:

    Incredible idea! I should totally do this to catch up on her films I have failed to watch yet!

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