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Angels in America

mv5bmti4ndy4njk4m15bml5banbnxkftztcwnzkxmjuymq-_v1_uy268_cr130182268_al_Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals. (IMDb)

I realized the other day that I’ve never seen part two of this miniseries, only part one, even though I own it. So I figured, why not watch both? And man, I forgot how good this is. It’s long, coming in at about 6 hours all together, but it honestly doesn’t feel like it, it’s always so enthralling. A little out there? Oh yeah most definitely. But the fact it was written in ’93, filmed in ’03, and I watched it yesterday, and I still found it enthralling and relevant, says a lot about not only the play, but about our world (maybe were not moving as much as Prior thinks we are?) You literally cannot go wrong with this cast. It’s insanely brilliant. (Although maybe Emma Thompson went to over the top with the angel? May be an unpopular opinion) I also liked that it stuck to a lot of the multiple role casting that’s in the play. But I do wish they would have gone all the way and just had the core eight actors play every part, like in the stage play. Overall, I loved revisiting this play that I haven’t seen or read in about five years. And this is a great representation of it.

8.5/10

 

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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MV5BMzY0NjQ3Mzc4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjk2NzU3OTE@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_A multi-dimensional interface between a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director. Each lives in a separate reality but authors a story about one of the others. (IMDb)

This is such a trippy, clever, little movie. It’s super fun to go back and forth between the three storylines, and then seeing how they intersect, and eventually, interact. It’s a lot to wrap your head around, that’s for sure. But I don’t think it was about the end result, but more about the ride that you go on. I’ve really liked Alison Pill since Scott Pilgrim, and this is a great role for her, she is super funny in it. Gael Garcia Bernal is a lot of fun playing Edward, an animated film director. Michelle’s storyline (played by Mariana Ximenes) has the most tonal shifts and changes, since she is actually in the movie that Edward is making (and is writing the story of Alison Pill’s character’s life. Told you it’s trippy.). But you can see the cinematography change depending on how Edward’s movie is being filmed. Overall, this is really clever, and a pretty fun watch.

8/10

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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