I thought I had read Thomas Wolfe, but it turns out I haven’t.
That didn’t stop me from going to see the movie Genius, which details the publication of Wolfe’s first two novels, and his relationship with his editor Max Perkins.
Jude Law’s Wolfe is a loud, melodramatic Southerner, self-involved yet low in self-esteem. Colin Firth as Perkins is his solid, steady opposite, the voice of reason who, despite his better judgment, is drawn to Wolfe’s charm and bravado.
I expected the movie to focus on their editorial process, and it does. But instead of passing any judgments on Wolfe as a writer, it celebrates their relationship – – more like a father and son than editor and writer.
Both of their families suffered at times from their single-mindedness, but no one more than Wolfe himself.
I now have Wolfe’s first book Look Homeward, Angel on hold at the library. I suppose I was charmed as well.
Posted in Books, Celebrities, Entertainment, Humor, Movies, Relationships, Writing
Tagged books, celebrities, Colin Firth, editor, entertainment, father, Genius movie, Humor, Jude Law, Movies, Relationships, son, Thomas Wolfe, writer
I was lucky enough to catch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on HBO over dinner tonight.
Such a wonderfully inventive story, and perhaps Jim Carrey’s most powerful and controlled performance.
As I watched, I questioned yet again why he didn’t win an Oscar…or even get nominated. So I used the Google machine to remind me — who did take the prize in 2005?
The Oscar nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role were:
- Don Cheadle in “Hotel Rwanda”
- Johnny Depp in “Finding Neverland”
- Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Aviator”
- Clint Eastwood in “Million Dollar Baby”
- Jamie Foxx in “Ray”
Foxx took home the prize; it was no shock. His portrayal of the musical legend was spot-on. He sang and played the piano, too. I wasn’t a fan of the film, but of him, yes.
I concede defeat.
But I would argue that Carrey’s performance deserves to be on that list as much if not more than Leo. Or Johnny. In fact, the list would be stronger for it.
Isn’t it funny how quickly you can become bitter about something that happened 10 years ago?
(Imagine how Jim must feel.)
Posted in Academy Awards, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Movies, Oscars
Tagged 2004 Oscars, Academy Awards, acting awards, Ben Kingsley, Best Actor, Bill Murray, bitter, cold justice, Cold Mountain, commentary, drama, entertainment, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, film, Google, Google machine, HBO, House of Sand and Fog, Humor, Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Keith Richards, lost in translation, movie sequel, Movies, Mystic River, Oscar nomination, Oscar nominees, Oscars, parody, performance, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Sean Penn, showy, subtle