Thursday, January 26, 2006

Capote ...

 
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Yesterday; I finally saw the much awaited movie “Capote” ...
An Absolutely Brilliant Movie!!!
I’m writing this post in a great hurry; but feel compelled to jot down some thoughts on my mind ...

The movie is a biography on the life of Truman Capote; but not his entire life; it rather focuses just on the incidences surrounding the writing of his famous novel “In Cold Blood”; which actually is a non-fiction crime novel; on the brutal murder of 4 family members; that took place in 1959.

Director: Bennett Miller
Cast:
Philip Seymour Hoffman [as Truman Capote]
Catherine Keener [as Harper Lee]
Clifton Collins Jr. [as Perry Smith]

# Philip Hoffman did a brilliant impersonation /impressions of a very interesting and controversial character – Truman Capote! He makes me want to know much more about Capote; as also to read his novels ...
Of the many character impersonifications that I’ve seen; this one stands out; or is at par with the best ...
To name a few ...
- Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line”
- Leonardo diCaprio as Howard Hughes in “The Aviator”
- Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in “Ray”
- Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler in “Schindler’s List”
- Ben Kingsley as Gandhi in “Gandhi”

# True Stories rule ...
The three best movies of 2005; are all based true stories:
• Capote
• Munich
• Good Night & Good Luck
This trend was there even the year before [2004] ... Ray, Aviator & Hotel Rwanda...
And some of the all time best movies are based on true stories ...

# 2005: Year of gay – movies:
• Brokeback Mountain
• Capote
• *Transamerica [not seen yet]
• Rent [Lesser known movie - a musical – but good]

# I didn’t know ...
• that the famous novel “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is written by Truman Capote; though I’ve seen the movie.
• that Harper Lee, author of novel “To Kill a Mocking Bird” [again I’ve seen the movie but not read the novel] … was Capote’s very close friend.

# I’m always intrigued by investigative journalism ... and though Capote was not a journalist; but he acts as one ... To write a novel; he goes on interviewing not only the near-n-dear ones of the murder-victims; but meeting with the 2 convicted murderers several time in prison, and trying to bring us their humane aspect ...
This investigative spirit; reminds me of two awesome journalist-based movies:
- Good Night & Good Luck [Edward Murrow brings down Senator Joseph McCarthy]
- All the Presidents Men [ Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward exposed the Watergate Scandal that brought down Nixon administration]

Final Word: EXCELLENT !

* Of all the movies mentioned in this post ...
there's just one movie I havent yet seen: "Transamerica"

16 Comments:

At 26 January, 2006 19:19, Blogger jay-san said...

told ya it was great....

the harper lee connection was news to me too.

i don't think transamerica is exactly a gay movie...anyways, am planning to see it.the trailers/ratings are very promising.

i saw two bad movies in a row-
1)the man- i think i mentioned this before to you
2) forbidden warrior- to rate this movie as 2 or 3 i need a scale of 1 to 100.horrible.definitely the worst one i have seen in ages.at one point, i thought the movie was turning into a porn flick, but luckily it turned out to be just a horible movie.i would recommend you to see it, so that you can believe it.

new movie called annapolis expected soon--looks good.but after the forbidden warrior, i am beginning to doubt my instincts.

there is a movie called k-pax..in case you haven't seen it(which i doubt), see it.it is another good kevin spacey movie.

 
At 26 January, 2006 22:04, Blogger Intern said...

Yeah jay-san,
you were right, Capote a great movie!!!
# The lady who was with Capote all the time was Harper Lee ... Dont you remember Capote went to the inaugural of her novel "To Kill A Mocking Bird".

# I'm not sure about "Transamerica"; since I havent seen it yet. Guess its a movie on transsexuals. Well yeah, its getting rave reviews ... so see it quick and let me know.
[just kidding, take yr own time]

# I have NOT even heard of "Forbidden Warrior" ...

# Annapolis, sounds interesting

# I SURE have seen K-Pax ...
and Kevin Spacey is one very fine actor... liked him in whole lot of movies .... American Beauty, Big Kahuna, Negotiator, se7en, Usual suspects ... He is just awesome!

# I saw the very stupid but hilarious movie - "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" ...
... and an excellent movie: "American History X"

 
At 27 January, 2006 02:31, Blogger jay-san said...

well i did realize the harper lee connection when i saw the movie:D.

yea.american history x is awesome..edward norton is really good.

 
At 27 January, 2006 10:09, Blogger Intern said...

jay-san,

# Ohh you meant that seeing the movie you realized Capote & Harper connection. So I misunderstood. Apology! Actually it was really stupid of me.

# btw, there's another great movie ... "Lord of War" with Nicolas Cage ... A 2005 movie; based on true-events. It's about the weapons trade that took place after the end of Cold war; when USSR collapsed and many smaller nations had stock piles of weapons with them. Good movie, though slow and serious!

 
At 27 January, 2006 17:44, Blogger jay-san said...

usually i don't accept apologies unless the "stupid" people are on their knees begging me..but guess i will have to make an exception..
well intern..i am kind of hurt..u r not reading my comments carefully.
in the golden globe post,i did mention seeing the lord of war movie.but it wasn't in bold or anything, so i guess it wan't very noticeable.
going to see MUNICH tonight...

 
At 27 January, 2006 22:02, Blogger Intern said...

"on their knees begging"....

Thats serious movie overdose -
having dramatic visualizations!!!
But thanks for the laugh ...

btw I guess I appreciated someone for suggesing me that Capote was a great movie [which compelled me to see it] ...
"but it wasn't in bold or anything, so i guess it wan't very noticeable" ...

Now I wanna hear how you liked Munich???


* But, in generally speaking terms; I do think I'm not reading comments carefully ... guess it's time I take a break!

 
At 28 January, 2006 02:53, Blogger jay-san said...

munich was good..shot very sensibly.eric bana was amazing.

 
At 30 January, 2006 09:16, Blogger Intern said...

... so who was Louis?

who was proving all the informations ...
Mossad/ KGB/ CIA/ MI-6 ???

 
At 30 January, 2006 11:34, Blogger jay-san said...

louis remains an enigma..he could have been anything you mentioned.but i guess it is true that he led the others to avner's companions.
avner's remarks at the end to (ephraim?) seems to imply that the mossad themselves were planning these killings.

 
At 30 January, 2006 14:29, Blogger Intern said...

The most interesting part of the movie was the SPY- uncurrent ... taking into perspective that 1972 was the height of Cold War & so even the height of espionage. Its never clear which one was involved
[Mossad/ KGB /CIA /MI-6]

 
At 30 January, 2006 14:30, Blogger Intern said...

no points for guessing where I took that pic

 
At 02 February, 2006 13:45, Blogger Artful Badger said...

Breakfast at Tiffany's is also the name of an endearing song. I thought Tiffany is a diamond merchant, who would want to have breakfast there.

We are planning to see Brokeback Mountain this weekend...

 
At 02 February, 2006 13:46, Blogger Artful Badger said...

Breakfast at Tiffany's is also the name of an endearing song. I thought Tiffany is a diamond merchant, who would want to have breakfast there.

We are planning to see Brokeback Mountain this weekend...

 
At 02 February, 2006 13:47, Blogger Artful Badger said...

As for Louis, I really would like to know if its a fictionalization by Spielberg to make the movie more interesting, or was he really there.

 
At 03 February, 2006 09:11, Blogger jay-san said...

spielberg claims the movie was "inspired" by real events..i think it was based on a book called "vengeance" which was supposed to based on the story of a mossad agent.so louis would have been mentioned in the book i guess.

 
At 04 February, 2006 15:21, Blogger Intern said...

jay-san,
If you ever come to know who Louis was; plz do let me know ... I'm really curious about him!

 

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