Infamous

Mar. 20th, 2007 09:40 pm
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"America is not a country where the small gesture goes noticed... We want everything you have and we want it as fast as you can turn it out.

"I read in an interview with Frank Sinatra in which he said about Judy Garland, 'Every time she sings, she dies a little.' That's how much she gave. It's true for writers too, who hope to create something lasting. They die a little getting it right. And then the book comes out, and there's a dinner and maybe they give you a prize, and then comes the inevitable and very American question: What's next? But the next thing can be so hard because now you know what it demands." -- Nelle Harper Lee, Infamous


I didn't know what to expect from this movie, and after seeing Capote, I wasn't sure why this version of the story behind Capote's In Cold Blood was even made. But I had a freebie rental and a night to myself (with no House *boo!*), so I figured, what the heck.

Man, am I glad I rented this one. Even though it's based on the same events, Infamous is a drastically different movie from Capote. Infamous is about emotion, pure and simple. It's about finding humanity in a person who did an inhuman act. It's about finding love where you shouldn't.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toby Jones played Capote very differently. Oh sure, they got the mannerisms and that unique voice down pat, and both versions didn't avoid showing Capote's substantial ego, but Toby Jones' Capote is a much more sympathetic character. As much as I enjoyed Capote and thought PSH deserved the Oscar, I think it's Infamous that I'll be buying.

Date: 2007-03-21 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andolinn.livejournal.com
Hey Jassy! *waves*

Emotion and human motivation are both endlessly fascinating topics. This sounds like a very interesting movie. If I ever get another evening off...

Date: 2007-03-21 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jasmineskie.livejournal.com
Hi sweetie! *waves back* This movie really surprised me. I'm glad I gave it a chance.

Here's hoping you get more than just an evening off soon. *hugs*

Date: 2007-03-21 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ma-chelle.livejournal.com
Hey Jassy!

That opening quote is so powerful--thank you for sharing that, it really made me think. I've learned first hand that you don't appreciate what truly goes into the writing of a story until you've tried to write one. Now I feel guilty if I read a book too fast! ; )

I appreciate the movie review. Like you, I wondered why I would want to watch another Capote movie, after seeing the PSH one, but now I'm going to put Infamous on my netflix Q!

Hope you're having a good week, sweetie!

Date: 2007-03-21 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jasmineskie.livejournal.com
The quote came near the end of the movie and just about blew me away. I don't often transcribe dialogue from movies, but this one -- I just had to.

I went to the theater with a friend to see Capote. We both thought it was good, but it was a cold movie. Infamous has a warmth to it which appeals more to me, I guess.

My week's going okay so far. *hugs* Hope you're doing well too. :)

Date: 2007-03-21 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlegreenleaf.livejournal.com
Now you've got me curious...I'm going to have to go to the rental store now and check these two films out! ♥

Date: 2007-03-21 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jasmineskie.livejournal.com
They're interesting movies. Capote concentrates more on the investigation of the crime and how Capote manipulated his way into getting the killers to talk. Infamous concentrates more on the affect getting to know these men -- particularly Perry Smith -- had on Capote. I hope you enjoy them. :) *hugs*

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