John and Matthew are watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep
#28 — Susan Orlean
, a New Yorker writer drawn to the eccentric orchid poacher she is profiling.
John: “Why can’t there be a movie simply about flowers?” asks perspiring screenwriter Charlie Kaufman
) to film executive Tilda Swinton
from across a table at a posh Hollywood restaurant. “I don’t want to cram in sex or car chases or guns.” One could imagine that Meryl Streep, who has resolutely avoided nudity, drugs, and violence throughout her career, has contemplated this same question. As Susan Orlean, Streep’s outwardly demure and professional demeanor is irreversibly shaken by the oddly captivating John Laroche (Chris Cooper
), a Florida orchid hunter, nursery owner, and part-time porn site operator. To watch Streep, at age 53, fire guns, appear nude (read: blatantly Photoshopped) on Laroche’s site, straddle him, and, most incredibly, snort an orchid-based narcotic,