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This movie was pretty awful. It painted Jackie as a complete doofus. The continually subtle condescending attitude of the journalist Billy Crudup did everything to keep that a constant theme of this movie. You can see a smug smile in his eyes with almost every question he asks her... as if he's talking to one of the dumbest people on the planet, not the wife of a fallen beloved-by-the-entire-nation, renowned president. Nothing in this movie empowers this poor woman, even her repeated salty remarks to the journalist aren't given respect by him. She is portrayed as vain, boring, predictable. I was expecting a movie that bears her name to show her full complexities, instead it simplifies her. There really isn't a plot, it's extremely straight linear, no falls, no lifts. This whole movie is basically closeups of sad face and crying. Nothing happens that we aren't already aware of, it deals with drawn-out moments before the assassination, the assassination, and the burial. Also, the soundtrack is a minor form of torture. Portman's accent is like a train wreck you can't look away from. Boring. I'm trying to watch a second time to make sure I don't fully dislike it but it's not working.
Demeaning. No one really behaves this way.
Written by men, obviously. But the part that is sickening is seeing these actresses, a group of intellectually funny women, absorb and accept this script and regurgitate it for the men who wrote it - they may have just bent over for the male writers and the same effect would have been achieved. It makes me sad to see women so subservient to men this way - undignified, brainless. There's a trend going on lately where women are being made to go along with dick and fart humor and act like "one of the guys." This is a manipulation of women by men to further men's various appetites and it's disgusting. The writers seemed to think they had some kind of understanding of women and how women relate to each other when all it resulted in was sounding like what a perverted man wants to hear a group of women talking about. Whatever. You know now that I think of it I don't even know if only men wrote this movie, but that just furthers my point, in my opinion. If women wrote this it is the same as if they took direction and acted in the film. Either way it is male-oriented sick humor and females are not generally involved in this nor do they behave this way unless prompted by someone who is mentally manipulative. This has bothered me since I saw this one so I had to say something.
American Hustle (2013)
Shameless wannabe Scorcese
Was this one directed by Scorcese? My first question, which was answered pretty quickly by the next of my questions: Was it instead a shameless imitation of all things Scorcese? Including the repeated drawn-out, starting from a far-away point, closeups, and camera follows, which happened every other scene segue, and the dated rock n' roll fed into the soundtrack. Also, THE ACTING WAS HORRIBLE IN THIS MOVIE! Everyone just half-ass mumbled their way through the unintelligible script with bad accents and every cliché imaginable! I get it... America steps back and takes a look at itself in all its evil glory. TOPIC DONE TO DEATH! I only gave it 2 stars instead of one because an effort was made in wardrobe and cast. Although... if I were one of the actors in this movie I'd hide my head in shame somewhere. No effort was made to turn the actors into actual people living a story! I hated all of them and had no sympathy even for Bale who could have saved this one. All I saw was Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, and the rest dressed up in retro and mumbling for the duration. What the hell happened to this movie and why did it fail so awfully? Maybe the director was too intimidated by the A-listers and didn't have the guts to direct them and just left them to mutter and mumble through the whole thing all by their lonesomes. Awful!
Soylent Green (1973)
This movie did not grab me.
The plot in this movie was so padded I want to barf. There was not much life to this film, save a few brief moments of Charlton Heston's occasional passionate delivery. I felt embarrassed for Chuck more than a few times while watching, his having signed on to this hunk of canned... ham, I guess? I kept having to forgive its datedness as well. I really dig sci-fi but this was total cheese. I am guessing most of the budget went to paying Chuck instead of things like set, wardrobe, and directing the acting. Also, all the action in this film is pretty much entirely in the trailer, which was actually put together a heck of a lot better than the whole film itself. I kept waiting for interesting turns but they were few and far between. It was mostly dialogue sprinkled with the occasional Newspeak-of-sorts amidst vapid detective work. Add "Soylent Green is people!!" to the very end of the trailer and you've seen all you need of this movie.
Angie's bad in this one.
I just want to say that I think Angie must have been surrounded by too many Yes Men during the filming of this who wanted to make her think they appreciated her showing up for their movie so intensely that they were too timid to tell her to furthermore ACT during it. She's horrible in this. She doesn't even begin to fit the part and acts like a walking corpse throughout the entire film. Or maybe walking lips? In this movie we're watching Angelina Jolie in bad makeup and a flapper costume, not Christine Collins who lost a son. And someone needs to advise her to eat or at least hydrate more, she's looking exceptionally gaunt which was not the desired appearance of women in the 20's. Probably another thing her Yes Men dared not suggest, that she put on a little weight for the movie. This movie could have been good. Maybe Mr. Eastwood just wanted to "work with" Angelina and take her out for dinner afterward, who knows.