Tag Archives: characters

A true story

The movie Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, is based on a true story. That’s about all I knew — well, that and Carrell wears a prosthetic nose.

And we all know a fake schnoz can land you an Oscar. Just ask Nicole Kidman.

foxcatcher

After seeing the film, I’m glad I was so uninformed.  This telling of Olympic wrestler Mike Schultz’s relationship with his sponsor, millionaire John du Pont, is so slow and deliberate that I might have lost patience if I had known how it was going to end.

But the performances — not the plot — are the reason to see this film.  All three actors disappear into these characters who, with the exception of Ruffalo, struggle with varying shades of mental illness and mommy issues.

And when actors who usually take pratfalls raise their game to this level, you simply have to see it.

Fair warning — you may never look at Michael Scott the same way again.

 

Come again

I saw “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” again last night. ( I’ve seen “The Book of Mormon” twice, too…and it only officially opened March 24th.)

What can I say.  I like reruns.

I’m the same with books and movies and TV shows:  if I like something, I can watch it again and again and again.

It’s not that I don’t like new things…quite the contrary.  But let’s face it.  The first time you see anything, you’re busy absorbing the plot and the characters and — if it’s a musical like “Mormon” or “How to Succeed” — the score, and deciding if you like it.

In subsequent readings or viewings, you already know you like it.  Now you can take the time to notice all the little nuances that make you like it.

You can peek behind the curtain.  Get a glimpse of the wizard in books or shows that you love.  (It’s not a wizard in ones that you hate — more like a troll.)

Wizards.  Trolls.  Hey — it might be a good time to re-watch the “Harry Potter” films!