Hope for Hollywood: Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles was born March 28th, 1981.

She is most known for her acting roles, but she has also gotten credits for being a writer and director of shows and short films, Raving (2007) and Paloma (2013-2014).

I thought about not putting together this collection on Julia Stiles. She is a talented actress and proved it often early in her career, but then she stopped taking lead roles. Perhaps she didn’t want to do big roles, perhaps the industry turned on her and it became harder to land these characters.  I don’t know the reasons, but I do think she has the talent to be a lead in a movie again. I hope to see her do something more in the future.

1996- Debut- I Love You, I Love You Not– It sucked! Though young actors rarely get much choice in the movies they are put into.

1997- The Devil’s Own– Not great, but an improvement over her first film. Nothing special though.

1998 Wide Awake– M. Night Shyamalan first mainstream movie. It wasn’t all that grand. (Starting to think this guy was a one hit wonder. Started thinking that about ten years ago.)

2000- Hamlet- There are far better versions of this play, like one in 1996. Go watch one of the others instead.

State and Main-A David Mamet production featuring the likes of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Clark Gregg (Avengers, Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D), and Julia Stiles. About a movie production crew coming into a small New England Town to finish a movie. Havoc ensues. It’s an above average film, but the humor is very dry.

10 Things I Hate About You– I love this movie. It is one of the finest coming of age teen comedies every made I believe. Starring talented young actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Heath Ledger, and Julia Stiles. Of course, let’s not forget Larry Miller. A complicated love story plays out between a variety of characters. I feel that this was one of Stiles’s best performances as the mean intellectual girl whom everyone either feared or disliked. In fact, Stiles won an MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance for this role.

2001- Save the Last Dance- I think this film is better than a lot of people say. Julia Stiles was awesome in it. Proof of this was the fact that she was nominated for MTV best female performance, and won Teens Choice Award for Choice Actress. I’m not saying this film is great, but watch it and make up your own opinion. There are far worse teen romance dramas out there (especially since Twilight came about.)

The Business of Strangers– About two women and the development of their personalities as they unite to get revenge against an accused rapist. Stiles was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in this role.

O- A new take on Shakespeare’s Othello. Very ambitious film, chances are if you are purist about Shakespeare, then you won’t love it, but there are aspects of the movie I can respect. Stars Stiles and Martin Sheen.

2002- The Bourne Identity – The action movie is pretty darn good. Though Matt Damon is definitely the star. Julia Stiles does her job as a solid supporting character in Nicky Parsons. This is the film where things changed and Stiles began taking more supporting roles.  Again, nothing wrong with this, but I’d love to see her as a lead character again.

2003- Carolina– A comedy starring Stiles and Shirley MacLaine. I wouldn’t say it’s all that special for anything.

Mona Lisa Smile – Among the few films that Stiles actually takes a lead role in alongside Kirsten Dunst. Both of these actresses are talented, but I feel Dunst has been able to land bigger roles overall.

2004- The Bourne Supremacy– Stiles returns for the sequel as Nicky Parsons.

2005- Edmond – With the exception of William H. Macy’s awesome performance, this movie is mediocre. About Edmund Burke exploring the underworld of New York City.
A Little Trip to Heaven– A tangled love story about insurance fraud.

2007- The Bourne Ultimatum– Returns yet again as supporting actress playing Nicky Parsons.

2009-The Cry of the Owl- It’s not a terrible movie, but I can’t say I have any reason to tell you to watch it.

2012- It’s a Disaster – A black comedy with good screenwriting.

Silver Linings Playbook – I consider this one of the best romantic comedies of all time. Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper are all magical within this film. Stiles character had some major influences on the film, but she wasn’t really featured much. Still, a great film with an even better cast. So impressed by this one.

Stars in Shorts – A series of short stories. It has a lot of stars in various short films. I rarely like the idea. Yet, I enjoy anthologies of writing. Just doesn’t appeal to me in movie form.

2013- Closed Circuit – A love story that involves complications due to terrorism. It gets pretty intense, but the film never lives up to the potential. (I found it rather uninteresting and forgetful)

Clunkers

1998- Wicked– At least the title was right.

2000- Down to You– The wrath of the 1990’s lingers into 2000.

2003- A Guy Thing – I don’t think this film was anyone’s thing.

2004- The Prince and Me – Tired, overdone, predictable

2006- The Omen – Stop with the remakes of horror movies! You just can outdo the original.

2008- Gospel Hill– Meh.

2012- Girl Most Likely –No comment/

Between Us – Between you and me. Didn’t care for this film.

2014- Hits – It was anything but a hit.

Out of the Dark – This one is best kept out of the light.

Future Projects

11:55 Holyoke– Crime,drama, western.  About a man who is conflicted between his past and future direction in life after returning home from Afghanistan.

2016- Border Crossing– Thriller

Beyond Deceit- Drama, thriller starring Stiles, Josh Duhamel, and Al Pacino.

February 16th, 2016- The Great Gilly Hopkins– about a wise-cracking 12 year old girl who gets shuffled from foster home to foster home. That end when she meets her match in a woman named Maime Trotter.  Starring: Stiles, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close,

New Bourne Film- Yes, Stiles in returning as the character Nicky Parsons for yet another Bourne film. This one featuring Matt Damon and Alicia Vikander

What do you think of Julia Stiles? What is a role you’d like to see her take on?

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