Saturday, April 18, 2009

Who's That Lady? - It's Parker Posey!

Drumroll! Today marks the end of this week's Who's That Lady? extravaganza inspired by my recent Best in Show post. I reviewed the 2000 film as part of Film for the Soul's series, Counting Down the Zeroes. Ibetolis's ambitious project chronicles a decade's worth of cinema: the noughties.

As always, I must give credit to
Blog Cabins's post Familiar Faces - Unknown Names, where Fletch catalogs the careers of That Guys. My series, Who's That Lady?, spins the gender, focusing on those That Gals we love to watch even if we don't always know them by name.

If you've seen Best in Show, you may have found yourself asking:

Who's That Lady?
Parker Posey

Parker Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland but grew up in Laurel, Mississippi. One thing I've always found interesting, and I'm not sure why, is that her father owned a car dealership. After attending the State University of New York at Purchase, she went on to a role on the soap opera As the World Turns. Eventually Time magazine dubbed Ms. Posey the "Queen of the Indies" based on her extensive work in independent fillms. She's closing in on seventy film and television credits. Here are some of my personal favorites.

3 Unforgettable Roles
The House of Yes - Parker Posey portrays a young woman, 'Jackie-O' Pascal, who's obsessed with all things Jackie Kennedy! That may not sound so crazy, but add in her bizarre love for her brother and it doesn't get much more unbalanced. Strange as it is, Parker keeps you riveted to the screen.

Josie and the Pussycats - The film where I fell in love with Ms. Posey. As Fiona, the evil, corporate mastermind behind all the latest and greatest trends in music, she's dastardly and fragile and just plain goofy all wrapped up into one. A very underrated film, and one I'll be pulling off my shelf to enjoy for the umpteenth time.

The Oh in Ohio - We all know how I love Paul Rudd, but Parker Posey's Priscilla Chase is the show stopper here. She's never ever had an orgasm, not even by her hubbie. Then she discovers the joys of mechanical stimulation...I'll just leave the rest for you to see on your own.

Honorable Mentions: As Danica Talos in Blade:Trinity, Parker cranked up the bad-ass bitch factor to eleven! I particularly loved her expert stilletto use. Parker's Meg Swan is hilariously neurotic in Best in Show, her maniacal search for the Busy Bee is easily the best sequence.
I was excited to see her star in her own sitcom, FOX's The Return of Jezebel James. I stuck by it for her, though the show came and went faster than a microwave burrito.

Saw it, but even I don't remember her in it!
I can't believe she had worked in over two dozen projects before I ever saw her! I don't know when she came up on your radar, but you may be surprised to see some of her projects.

Films: Coneheads, Dazed and Confused, Waiting for Guffman, Scream 3, You've Got Mail, The Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Superman Returns

Whether Parker Posey plays ditsy dames, crazy chicas, goofy girls, melancholy madames or a combination of all of the above, she never disappoints. You never have to worry if she'll bring it; if she's cast, it's already been broughten! If you want to know more about her career, be sure to check out her IMDB and Wikipedia

She has no in-production credits currently, but her films Happy Tears and Spring Breakdown are slated to release in 2009.The latter has an amazing comedic cast, but with Rip Torn appearing in the former I doubt I'll pass up either film if it comes to my neck of the woods.

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  1. I think I like Posey a lot more before she became "Parker Posey, queen of the indie films and indicator that said film is in fact and indie film."

    It's really not her fault - I admit that. I guess I just got overexposed to her, which maybe is her fault.

    Anyway, of all her bitchy roles, Dazed takes the cake for me, with Best in Show not far behind.

    Still really want to see Oh in Ohio.

  2. She's gotta pay the bills. Funny, she's busier than Jolie but gets nowhere near the payout.

    If you're like me, you'll get to it one day, like the other 1000 films in the queue. Oh in Ohio wasn't as funny as I'd hoped. It does have Keith David in a small role and Rudd delivers one of my all-time favorite lines; "My cock is jammin'!"