Movies


Well, I finally got to see Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. I really liked it. I have some questions about a few things, such as the pendant/key to William’s prison being worn by Viktor’s daughter but Selene not being anywhere around, when it was her father who made William’s prison. Surely there will be another film to bridge the gap between this one and the first one and that kind of stuff will be explained. Right?

Last night I watched Infamous. I’ve watched Capote several times, but had not watched this one, which came out right about the same time. I’m not sure how to compare the two. Toby Jones in Infamous gave us a more over-the-top and in-your-face gay portrayal of Capote than Phillip Seymore Hoffman did in Capote. At first, Jones’ character was funnier, but harder to sympathize with. At the end of the film, though, I think Jones was more moving than Hoffman.

The biggest difference is the portrayal of Perry Smith, though. Clifton Collins’ (Capote) Perry was less violent than Daniel Craig’s. Which is the more accurate? It’s hard to say, even after reading In Cold Blood. Maybe especially after reading Capote’s book, considering his relationship with Perry.

There were some really moving scenes in Infamous. One was when Perry, as a little boy, is visited by his estranged father and the father tells Perry they can’t be together. The end, where Capote receives all of Perry’s prison items, is also really good. On a completely personal level, there was a scene where they showed the Clutter house in the middle of a vast wheat field, and that one kind of got to me just because it looked like home. All of a sudden I missed living in Enid, where I could be in the middle of nowhere in about 20 minutes. That’s a lot harder to do in the urban sprawl of the OKC metro.

Both Capote and Infamous are excellent movies. The film version of In Cold Blood is good, too, but I’ve always felt it was lacking something. I’m not sure what, but I always feel kind of disappointed when it’s finished.

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2 thoughts on “Movies

  1. You’ve convinced me
    I guess I need to see Infamous now. I watched Capote shortly after it came out on DVD and thought it was very good.
    I do wonder about something you’ve left out in your review – Harper Lee. Wasn’t she played by Sandra Bullock in Infamous? But I guess that’s beside the point, with my Daniel Craig crush, I’ve got to see Infamous.
    Glad you’re writing about werewolves again 🙂

    • Re: You’ve convinced me
      Yep, Harper Lee was played by the luscious Sandra Bullock in Infamous. Harper Lee is shown to play a much more influential role in this movie than in Capote. Bullock did a good job with it.
      They also seemed to go a little more for the shock with Infamous. There’s a sudden (and really unneeded) sex scene, plus some man-on-man kissing, which really takes the ambiguity out of the Capote/Smith relationship.
      The werewolves are dragging me back into the forest, demanding I dance with them.

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