Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Two Capotes

We had our first Saturday Film Forum screening (Benny & Joon) last weekend. I want to thank those that attended! A good time seemed to be had by all! Hopefully we will have even more Johnny Depp fans for our next film, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" on June 23rd!

In 2005, a film called Capote hit the scene and by the time the 2006 Oscars rolled around it was a front runner for many awards. It had five nominations: Best Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay. As many of you know, the wonderful Phillip Seymour Hoffman won the award for Best Actor for this film. Deservedly so! Hoffman is an amazing actor whose presence in any film elevates its worth.

Fast forward to the fall of 2006 when the “other” Capote film was released: Infamous. Because of the acclaim of Capote, many missed Infamous both in the theatres and on DVD. A pity! Infamous and Capote both capture the same time period of Truman Capote’s life but are quite different films. Toby Jones embodies the character of Capote, both looking and sounding much more like Capote than Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

And if you think you know the latest James Bond, Daniel Craig; think again! He is chillingly convincing as the murderer, Perry Smith.

Another bright spot in this film is Sandra Bullock! More prone to casting in films like Miss Congeniality or Speed, her portrayal of Capote’s buddy, Harper Lee was a pleasant surprise.
This film is rated R for language, violence and some sexuality. And, of course, available at the Huntington Beach Public Library Media Department!