October 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm #196379
With so many biopics on the slate again this year, what is your favorite of this century? Narrow it down to one and give your reasons why.October 26, 2015 at 2:58 pm #196381
For me….it is LINCOLN….
A great film with a great screenplay told by a great
director with a great lead performance….terrific supporting
work by all of the actors, technically brilliant and a magnificent
What more could I want??October 26, 2015 at 3:06 pm #196382
Plenty options to chose from, but I’ll go with Bright Star by Jane Campion.
It’s not a standard biopic, just a glimpse of time in the life of John Keats. A few strokes sometimes are enough to make a paint. And to me this is the case. Visually gets the grace of his work, narratively gets the thwart in his life. This film can make you feel as one of his poems, a proper accomplishment for this biopic.
October 26, 2015 at 3:27 pm #196383
Mr Turner is my favourite recent biopic, at least in the traditional sense of the word. It has a genuine curiosity and interest in artistic innovation largely missing in most films about artists of any kind. It has to be one of the most visually stunning biopics ever, and its score was not appreciated enough, despite the Oscar nomination – it’s among the best in years, I’d love to play it (I’m a violinist). It really bugged me that Cumberbatch and Redmayne got awards and nominations left right and centre for by-the-numbers Brit-pics while Timothy Spall got skunked (though not by the right groups!) Spall’s performance is so much more inspired, and the same is true of the film as a whole.October 26, 2015 at 8:42 pm #196384
I would have to say Milk. Sean Penn is just incredible as Harvey Milk and it is so well written and has a strong ensemble especially James Franco. With The Dark Knight ignored, Milk definitely deserved to win Best Picture as one of the best bio pics I’ve seen. It was also an important one because there is a real lack of LBGT history especially in 2008. I had no idea who Harvey Milk was before this movie and that is a problem.October 26, 2015 at 8:55 pm #196385
This is a tough one! So following the Golden Globes example of Sephora Ingrid Comedies and Dramas…..
Drama side I’ll go with Milk it told the story and let us realize he was a great man not preach the message to us.
Musical/Comedy side Ray with two amazing performances Foxx and the undervalued and overlooked Regina King really was a great example of of a musical biopic.October 26, 2015 at 10:50 pm #196386
Not a lot of memorable ones honestly so I’d say with some degree of certainty that the best is Lincoln. Finely crafted, no frills, no overt sentimentality or hero worship as one might expect (excepting the final scene). Biopics have a tendency to make caricatures of their subjects but Lincoln here felt like a real guy. A lot of that comes from the performances. DDL is obviously fantatsic but the rest of the cast does marvelously as well. Kushner’s script is excellent too (biopics that center on a specific moment rather than cover a lifespan are always better). Shame he lost due to the Argo wave of support, that should have been an easy Oscar for him. He and Spielberg do a lot to make what could easily be a 2 1/2 hour snooze fest into something really engaging and memorable. In short, a great film.October 27, 2015 at 12:49 am #196387
I would say Capote probably has my vote. Tho I do have a weird soft spot for Walk the Line.October 27, 2015 at 1:33 am #196388
I prefer a bio pic that introduces to me a world unknown. From that story, I want to see an individual whose life has impact beyond an isolated environment. I want there to be healing and wisdom.
From the many wonderful bio pics released in the past 15 years, Best Picture nominee Philomena is my choice. A pregnant and unwed teenager who is sent by her widowed father to live in a convent, Philomena Lee was exploited there as cheap labor and her son was put up for adoption.
The film follows Philomena in her twilight years as she is aided by unemployed journalist Martin Sixsmith in her search for her lost child. Their travails expose the hypocrisy and greed of the Catholic church as well as hold a bright light on the hypocrisy and cruelty of the highest levels of the American government during the early years of the AIDS epidemic.
And all of this is told with compassion, determination, love, and forgiveness. Philomena is a magnificent film.October 27, 2015 at 7:33 am #196389
Lots of terrific ones. How do I choose one? There are so many great ones.
I’ll go with Anne- Marie Duff and The Virgin Queen.
This is the ‘best’ bio I’ve seen about her. And the gorgeous Tom Hardy….the score, is among some of my favorites as well.October 27, 2015 at 8:01 am #196390
127 Hours. It is riveting and Franco kills that performance.October 27, 2015 at 11:18 am #196391
I’ll go with Downfall. It’s hard to find a more chilling film, and the realistic approach to Hitler’s final days is exceptional. Also, Bruno Ganz’s performance is one of the greatest I’ve ever seen.October 27, 2015 at 11:02 pm #196392
The Queen (2006)
Totally absorbed by this movie everytime I see it. It’s not just the masterful performance by Mirren. The dialogues, the pacing, the directing, the music, the sceneries, every element is combined in such a way that the final work gets to be magnetic.October 28, 2015 at 12:43 am #196393
The Queen (2006)
Totally absorbed by this movie everytime I see it. It’s not just the masterful performance by Mirren. The dialogues, the pacing, the directing, the music, the sceneries, every element is combined in such a way that the final work gets to be magnetic.
OH MAN. I totally forgot about The Queen. That might trump Capote for me. I remember not being impressed at all when I first saw it in theatres, but then I saw it a year later on tv and was blown away.