Julianne Moore has long been one of my favorite actresses, one who really stretches herself in independent films. She knocked me out when I saw her as the suburban California housewife who is allergic to just about everything around her in the 1995 movie, Safe. Moore was excellent as the maternal member of a dysfunctional family of West Coast porn stars in Boogie Nights (1997), the privileged 1950s Connecticut housewife with a fractured marriage who begins a tender yet taboo friendship with a black man in Far From Heaven (2002), the lovably insecure and dorky lesbian mom in The Kids Are All Right (2010) and she hit a bullseye on HBO as Sarah Palin in Game Change (2012).
Those are a few of the fine performance Julianne Moore has delivered. There are others. Moore's performance in Still Alice is some of her finest film work ever.
Someone who's been very sweet to me for a long time was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. B. Smith is the groundbreaking former model who went on to host her own syndicated home entertainment and style info show. She wrote books. She was a contributor on local WNBC news and ran a very popular restaurant in New York City's Broadway theatre district. B. Smith's, her restaurant, had great food and I took visiting friends there frequently. Most of the times I chatted with the charming, charismatic and gracious Barbara was in her restaurant.
If you're also a Julianne Moore fan, put this one on your must-see list. But be prepared to be heartbroken. Moore gives an absolutely beautiful, touching performance in Still Alice.