This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
Angels in America
Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.
This epic film features Emma Thompson as an angel of the lord saying "The stiffening of your penis is of no consequence." and coining the phrase "Orgasma asmada." in the same scene.
Therefore, this is the greatest thing ever. Your argument is invalid.
Rewatching Angels in America reminded me why I used to love theatre so much, of the medium's unique ability to be driven by ideas as much as plot of character. Looking back at reviews of the miniseries when it first aired, as positive as they were, most of the reviewers stuck with superlatives and didn't bother to take a crack at what it was about. This is partly understandable - it's such a sprawling, dense work that I feel like I'd need a 10,000-word essay to do it justice. But even the central idea of it - the idea of human progress and movement as at once destructive and inevitable, the source of most of our pain and heartbreak, but…
A monumental achievement and a sprawling epic at times so universal its frightening. While at the same time, so intimate that the very thought of its implications and musings shakes up your very foundation. HBO as impressive as it has ever been gets my most respect here.
RIP Mike Nichols, I am trying to catch up on his work and this mini-series/TV movie was an immediate decision to watch.
Angels in America is an adaptation by Tony Kushner of his own play that concerns the landscape of chaotic 80's America under Ronald Reagan, battling AIDS, suffering and isolation. AIDS at that time specially (like how much have that changed really?) was thought of as something homosexuals brought upon themselves.…
If you're in the mood for a 6hr long opera on the human condition, in all sincerity, treat yourself to this work.
Wow. Just wow. My God. I think I've found my new favorite film.
Now, I don't know about you, but when I go into any film that was originally titled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" when it was on stage, expectations are usually pretty high. Saying they were exceeded would be an understatement. This was broadcasted on television screens about 10 years ago. The play came out about 20 years ago. The fact that the story and its themes still hold so much water and weight in modern day America is pretty amazing in its own right and the fact that the story is just as powerful on screen as it is (or seems to be according to youtube…
What an amazingly devastating work of art. I wonder how so much time can go by in my life without knowing to watch these things that will speak to me so directly, but then it always happens when the time is right.
"did you, uh, get that thing i sent you?"
he obviously didn't get it. let's not talk about it. what's there to talk about? feet. hiccups. a run away lid. uh greasy fingers. after watching this movie, i wanna give more but i can't. try coming back tomorrow? working in heaven. nobody will ever find out. if you need a candle to light your darkness just call bob.
decoys. bombs abroad. oncoming hoard. your refrigerator is going to run out. turn around or i'll kick you. flying from your hatred. promise you'll make me. promise me you're coming home. now don't yell at me for telling your boss. 200 in finance will put you to sleep forever. dont ever think about doing that to me. don't matter if it's personal or if it's to save your mother.
Fantastic cast and extraordinary directing from Mike Nichols, but this doesn't change that the story however moving it may be is incredibly slow and most of the time bores you out...
1. I remember seeing the play in the late 90's stretched over 2 nights. It broke my heart at times. Lifted my spirits at others. It was a great experience and I was surprised after so much time that I could remember the beats of the story so well, but that's the impact it must have had on me.
2. I watched this mini-series over a period of two weeks, so its impact was far more subdued. Not at all the fault of the film.
3. Felt terribly theatrical at times, but then at others it felt truly cinematic. Regardless, the production flowed with life, even when it focused on death.
4. The cast was uniformly great. Patrick Wilson really…
I really want to like this more than I do. Fantastic cast of one of the most iconic plays of the past century. It is good and even fantastic in some stretches but not quite as amazing as I would hope.
All of the weaknesses of the play are only exacerbated by the transition to the small screen. Endless monologues, uneven performances, and an unremittingly serious tone greet those willing to invest six hours of their time. More than anything, though, the spiteful attitude toward those who aren’t already on the film’s political bandwagon is what turned me off (especially in the treatment of the sexually confused conservative). Jeffrey Wright is sort of astonishing here, though, turning the theoretically clichéd role of the flaming best friend into a sympathetic being. None of his monologues feel laborious. That’s a compliment I can’t pay to anyone else in the cast.
Decided to watch this again since the last time I saw it was when it came out... it was interesting to see, I guess, the idea of what the lgbt community was like in the 80s (although really it focused mostly on the gay community, so...) Pretty cheesy sometimes, haha! But still, it was nice to watch again from a different perspective.
Evil will lose supremacy, but the good will always struggle to find an identity.
4.5 out of 5 (A-)
Not including Hard Candy cause that's nasty.
Let me know if I missed any.
A list of films with LGBT/Queer content and representation.
I can't be bothered to separate the good from the bad…