The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.
I feel rather poor that this didn't do much for me since I more then recognize the major importance of this film and more relevantly I think it pulled off all of its elements well without any flaw (well I could have gone without Streep playing so many characters). The intellectual respect is there, but even in the superior second half the film seems oddly at a distance which left me entirely emotionally unengaged. That said I think the criminally underrated Jeffrey Wright does a brilliant job to such an extent that any and all emotional investment I was able to come up with is thanks to him. Which isn't to say that the other performances aren't also great (I'd argue Marie Louis Parker had the hardest role), but that something with Wright's performance clicked much more strongly.
-as far as angels go, Emma Thompson is good but she's no Tilda Swinton.
-Al Pacino is really good at this whole acting thing.
-i don't know if Harper is just the weakest link scriptwise or if Mary Louise Parker is just that lackluster compared to the rest of the cast, but it's one of those.
The perfect script could have turned out to be so much more than this.
Jag befann mej en helg i de andras värld. Där snackar de bra fort och med attityd, kaxigt och roligt, där snackar de som folk bara gör i film. Men det är väl det man tycker om så mycket. I New York. Alltid i New York. Finns du ens på riktigt. Inte för mej, bara på en skärm hela livet långt. Men, nu tar det slut, det är: fint och sorgligt. Det känns lite som att stå i havet och svepas omkull av en våg.
The last episodes completely implodes in on itself with preposterous shifts in character (Louis was always an easy way for Kushner to talk through a character, but once Prior starts speaking like Kushner, you lose me), a not very well thought through spiritual mantra, and an absurd final scene. Considering that this is what the entire play is building towards, it's a pretty huge problem that it basically fails to live up to every single one of its lofty ambitions, but there's too much going on before it to discount it all. I should say that Roy Cohn and Harper and Joe's storylines both end very strongly, but that was never the point of the play.
Basically, when it…
Millennium Approaches: 5/5
the biggest problem this has is the absolutely hideous CGI in some parts.
This is a perfect production of a perfect play. The performances from the entire cast are to die for - Justin Kirk, Ben Shenkman, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Patrick Wilson, Mary Louise Parker, Jeffery Wright, and Emma Thompson - all are perfect. You could not find a better cast to play these roles. At least four of the actors play multiple roles in this epic film, which deals with the search for meaning during the AIDS epidemic in the eighties.
Angels in America, as adapted by Tony Kushner from his own play, is a moving, fantastical, campy, and unsettling experience. The entire film spans six hours, and this allows you to become immersed in the story, as well as emotionally…
The Wright stuff.
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch
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