Sunday, January 29, 2006

"More hearts are broken by answered prayers than unanswered prayers."

The Oscar nominations come out on Tuesday, which is a big day for movie lovers such as me. Very soon, I will be compiling my "Top Ten Movies of 2005" list, which I'm sure you are all eager to see. How do you even sleep with such anticipation at the forefront of your mind? There may be one or two movies I want to see before I compile my list, but this year I have seen many excellent films.

So here is a new review:

Yesterday, my cousin and I saw Capote, which I have wanted to see since I first heard about it. Philip Seymour Hoffman has long been a favorite actor of mine, from Boogie Nights to Magnolia to The Talented Mr. Ripley to many others. His presence in Mission Impossible 3 is sure to draw me in.
Hoffman recently won the Golden Globe for his performance in Capote, and he has racked up many other critics' awards as well. I went to the movie because I wanted to see his performance.


The movie is stunningly good, and Hoffman's performance moves way beyond an imitation of Truman Capote. He captures a tortured soul who sacrifices his own humanity and heart in order to write the perfect book, In Cold Blood. The book was the first real "non-fiction novel," what is now called "literary non-fiction." Capote's book indeed changed the way books were written and read. But in the process, he lost himself.
Hoffman gives the performance of the year, hands down, in a movie of electrifying brilliance. I was enthralled in attention (and tension) from the first shot.

I set out to see what I hoped would be the best performance of the year. I was rewarded with a film of pure genius.

8 Comments:

At 5:06 PM, Blogger mayah posited...

damn, i debated going to that the other night, and chose match point instead (for timing's sake). any thoughts on that one?

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

I haven't seen Match Point. I do like the actors in the movie, but I don't really like Woody Allen movies. Plus it looks too much like Closer, which I did not like at all.
Definitely make time to see this one, though.

 
At 11:32 PM, Blogger *Nicole Elizabeth* posited...

The last movie I saw was Brokeback Mountain. We went for my human sexuality class while studying a chapter on sexual orientation. Did you see it?

 
At 11:39 PM, Blogger Kid C posited...

The last movie I saw was Underworld 2 and it blew.

 
At 7:23 AM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

Nikie, I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago:
Brokeback review.

Yes, I loved it.

 
At 7:24 AM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

Erik -- I have not seen Underworld 2. I try to avoid movies that I know I will not like!

 
At 8:10 AM, Blogger Kid C posited...

I knew it would be horrid, but a bunch of my friends went so it was still a good time.

 
At 10:46 AM, Blogger Christie posited...

I really hope Capote gets Best Movie and Best Actor. I've never before felt such contrasting feelings toward a character/portrayal.
At the end, I felt myself loathing Capote, yet still praying his prayer, too.

Plus it was a big cryfest. Even more so than Brokeback for me.

Why the Hell doesn't Blogger have some kind of spell check?
Someone really needs to talk to these people.

 

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