A couple of films that I've seen recently that are actually worth talking about...and they ALL put me in the mood to read the relevant books... (^^;Capote (dir. Bennett Miller, 2005)Summary
: The story behind the true crime novel by Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
: A subdued, languid style of filmmaking (complete with restricted color palette) that recalls yearmate Brokeback Mountain
...except that, in this case, the caliber of acting, most notably that offered by Philip Seymour Hoffman, is actually strong enough to sustain such as pared down aesthetic. The range of emotions that Hoffman evinces, in both their variety and subtlety, even if you don't take into account his authentic reenactment of Capote himself, is absolutely amazing. Capote's final goodbye to the killers is one of the best bits of acting in 2005. Book eggheads like yours truly will love all of the literary walk-ons and references, including supporting actress Catherine Keener as Harper Lee and Capote's opening sequence cocktail party gossipping about James ("Jimmy") Baldwin.Thank You for Smoking (dir. Jason Reitman, 2005)Summary
: The adventures, and eventual "triumph," of Nick Naylor, lobbyist for the tobacco industry.Comments
: Okay, so it won't inspire any deep thoughts (but, then, why should it???), but this slick film, based on the comic political novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley, will have you laughing until you feel like you're dying. The second-long shot of Nick Naylor (played by Aaron Eckhart) naked and covered in nicotine patches in unconscious repose on the lap of statue of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial, channeling Michelangelo's Pietà--it alone is worth the price of entry many times over. I'm gonna buy the DVD JUST so I can screencap it! Careful viewers will note that, ironically, no one lights up onscreen. Oh, and there's a painful continuity blooper involving a slice (or rather multiple slices, in actuality) of American cheese.Oh, and the Breakfast on Pluto DVD is out today! AT LAST!!!