A performance of a lifetime, a film to end all biopics, Capote (2005) was the absolute height of the legendary actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s career. His portrayal of Truman Capote is indelibly inked in my brain, it was one of the most accurate performances of any biopic I have ever seen. The look, the act, the famous voice—Hoffman gave a stellar performance that won him the Best Actor Academy Award in 2006. It was very, very well deserved. It was one of the greatest performances of a real-life person I had ever seen in my film-watching existence.
Zodiac (2007) is always a movie I have considered strange in the thriller genre because it is based entirely off true events. But then again some aspects and coincidences in the movie make some sections slightly unbelievable. Sometimes misleading in its approach and confusing in its outlook, Zodiac (2007) is a good film to enjoy, but not to think about too much. I believe that Zodiac (2007) is one of those films that when you watch it once, it has an effect but afterwards it tends to lose meaning a bit. Since I watched it three times, I can tell you that in my case, that is what happened.
The very first time I watched The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (shortened to simply "Jesse James" for the sake of the article and my own fingers on this keyboard), I remember being impressed. It was either because I was genuinely enjoying myself or because I was about 14 at the time. Both are acceptable as an excuse. A beautiful movie with an absolutely stellar cast (including the likes of Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Sam Shephard and Sam Rockwell), it seems to be a bit of both excuses that contribute. Let's take a look at why I rated this film upon second watch, the way I did.
Jackie Brown (1997) is my all-time favourite Tarantino movie and it has been for a few years now, even though others like Django Unchained and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood etc. have come out since. Nothing really matches the classic criminality and multi-layered plot of the Golden Age of Tarantino film—Jackie Brown (1997). It is a modern classic of cinema technique and possibly Tarantino's best effort to make a film based around one black woman. A woman he named an action hero.
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