Saw “The 40 Year Old Virgin” last night on HBO, had some good laugh even though it’s a stupid movie. Steve Carell was funnier in Comedy Central and The Office.

But what a great actress Catherine Keener is! She’s 46, not even pretty, but so likable and real. We watched Capote last week, and had there been some more shots of her, she would’ve won the Oscar. Philip Seymour Hoffman was great, but it’s an “easy” role to win the Oscar: he just needed to act kinky and kept up his voice. I think he’s better in Almost Famous in terms of acting.

Anyway I first saw Keener in Being John Malkovich, arguably the weirdest AND funniest movie I’ve ever seen. Mulholland Drive is weirder, and some movies are funnier, but nothing tops it for these two criteria combined. And what a stunning performance Keener did there! At the beginning I can’t understand why John Cusack would fall for her, but by the end I actually sincerely believed it. Maxine, what a thrilling name, though it was quite common a century ago…

That year she lost to Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted, and this year to Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener. Hopefully third time will be her charm…

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