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OKG Newsletter


Topic: biopic

13

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Thriller

Rod Lott
Since the 2005 French thriller "13 Tzameti" was pretty good on its own, why bother to remake it? I have a theory: Sad to say, most Americans won't willingly watch movies that are in black and white, or have subtitles, or don't have famous faces they recognize. And they sure as hell won't watch movies that fall into all three categories of "liabilities," as "13 Tzameti" does.
 
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life / Telstar: The Joe Meek Story

One’s in tune; the other, tone-deaf.


Drama

Rod Lott
Because one usually has to enjoy the stature of a Johnny Cash, here are two musicians I never dreamed would get biopics: Serge Gainsbourg and Joe Meek.
 
Monday, March 12, 2012

Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis embodies America's arguably greatest president.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Lincoln practically shouts “prestige production” before you’ve even had a chance to buy your popcorn. A costume drama about one of this nation’s most revered historical figures, this is the kind of film irresistible to awards groups.
 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hitchcock

It’s less suspense and more family plot in this muddled biopic of the master of suspense.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Alfred Hitchcock was more than the master of suspense. The director of such landmark motion pictures as Rear Window and Vertigo was instrumental in devising the language of modern film. As such, it seems a cruel irony that a movie about him would be made by decidedly lesser filmmakers.
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Gazette staff
As bad as that recent Hitchcock biopic was, it doesn’t damage the greatness of the suspense master’s films. One of his early successes, The 39 Steps, helped inform a Tony-winning Broadway version in 2008 that now is at Jewel Box Theatre, 3700 N. Walker. The 150-character spy romp stages at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 10. Tickets are $5-$10. Call 521-1786 or visit jewelboxtheatre.org.

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Hitchcock film review   

 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Renoir

Pretty as a picture.


Drama

Rod Lott
Renoir
7:30 Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through June 2
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$6-$8

 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

42

A solid hit.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In chronicling the real-life tale of Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, 42 is schmaltzy, sentimental and shameless. There is no dabbling in highfalutin niceties like subtext or nuance. Writer-director Brian Helgeland, who penned the hardly simplistic L.A. Confidential, keeps his focus simple and is content to let his hero worship fly.
 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Brontë Sisters

Poetry in emotion.


Drama

Aimee Williams
Originally released in 1979, André Téchiné’s The Brontë Sisters takes the previously highly fictionalized story of the Bronte sisters and imposes an auteur’s vision.
 
Saturday, August 10, 2013
 
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