i'm gonna be in his european history class next year so expect this list to keep growing
The Most Powerful Man in the World
As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
I don't understand how anyone could see this and think that American Sniper is unambiguously endorsing Chris Kyle's view of the world. Like that film, like Jersey Boys, Eastwood here is on the side of a delusional American, but not his delusion. Perhaps contrast to Oliver Stone's Nixon, which attempts to understand its subject by building up pity for him, rather than empathy. Eastwood lets his Hoover indulge his own myths about himself, poking holes in the facade at opportune moments, while still allowing him a genuine humanity. We get Hoover as he saw himself and Hoover as he was and it's left to us to decide what to do with that which is irreconcilable.
J. Edgar Hoover is a fascinating figure in history. An egotistical tyrant, determined, pioneering and still an enigma. Clint Eastwood’s stately biopic is a film more interested in providing a potted history of his life rather than truly getting under the skin of one of the most powerful men in America. The film uses a framing device where the aged and ailing Hoover is recounting his life to a young agent, it allows the film to flash back and forth in time and it also provides the film with a highly subjective voice that neatly skirts around Hoover’s complicated personal life or his less savoury acts in his professional capacity as the head of the FBI. It’s a decidedly old…
Hoover, nobody does it like yoooooou
J. Edgar Hoover was one of the most powerful men in america. Dirty with his secretive agendas he held power spanning numerous decades. He did some good not everything he did was bad for america.
As for Clint Eastwood's take on J. Edgar it really serves as look through history in different events that brought fourth the power of the F.B.I.
losing it's focus it beats around the bush when it comes to major events and relationships.
One major positive was the performance of Leonardo DiCaprio as the titler J. Edgar Hoover in which he was outstanding being the main reason I stayed with the film.
J. Edgar ultimately left me wanting more.
How is this a bad film? Critics and audience a like gave this a lukewarm review and some even hated it. I kept away from this film because of the negative review but decided to give it a chance since I'm studying LGBT Cinema this month and the film falls under that category. Well, I liked this film. I thought it was an interesting take on closet homosexuality and how often what people fear is what is within themselves.
Hoover was according to the film a closet homosexual, taught by his mother to hate his own nature. His obsession for keeping secrets hidden makes him some what an expert in secrets and as such a good candidate to form the…
While watching J. Edgar, I kept thinking about Leo's other big bio-pic, "The Aviator". The two feature similar eccentric, ambitious men who were possessed by their controlling mothers while their quirks began to possess them.
The difference between the two is J. Edgar does pretty much everything poorly, while The Aviator does most of it right. Hughes's mother is seen in one scene, played twice, and captures her presence of him. Hoover's mother is often present, and through clumsy dialogue asserts her control.
The Aviator shows a man whose ambitions consume him. J. Edgar glosses over Hoover's struggles to form his FBI and shows him as an earnest, ambitious man with a few manageable ticks.
The Aviator captures the man…
Despite the fact that I had a hard time staying awake (jetlag), I really enjoyed the drama, the human side of a historical figure and the loyalty of an assistant.
we must never forget our history...
i highly underrated this. its so tender in places, sad and moving, definitely one of eastwood's most beautiful films
the lighting in this movie doesn't do justice to armie hammer's beautiful face clint eastwood ought to be ashamed of himself smh
So, I was really looking forward to watching this movie as soon as I got it from Netflix because I'm a fan of Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio as a great combination where I was like, "Oh my god! Let's watch this movie. This will be great."
But, I was so............Wrong. I was so disappointed by this picture. I really wanted this movie to be good, but the directing by Eastwood was so sloppy and all over the place to the point where I was immediately lost by the confusing narrative by J. Edgar. There could've been more depth into the story where I wanted to learn more about this great man during the 1900s.
By the time I got…
It's flawed but I l still love it, nevertheless. Very good performances, looks great, interesting nonlinear storytelling. A really solid mid-20th Century biopic.
again, i fell asleep
J.Edgar 敘述FBI聯邦調查局長令人爭議的一生。故事敘事由老年的Leonardo Dicarprio向手下口述自傳，並插敘Dicarprio從年輕爬上FBI局長的位置的過程與其發展。
[...] Eine Nummer offensichtlicher hält der Film es mit Anspielungen über unterdrückte Homosexualität. Oder vielleicht doch einen Ödipuskomplex? Oder gar die Kollision dieser zwei Wesenszüge? Potential für einen tieferen Blick in den Kopf des Herrn Hoover wäre also offensichtlich da gewesen. Aufgrund meines Unwissens über diesen, steht die Frage im Raum ob all das Gezeigte rein spekulativ (und aus diesem Grund nur angedeutet) ist, oder ob Eastwood bewusst die Entstehungsgeschichte des FBIs, Edgar’s Kampf gegen die Kräfte von oben/außen und die (umstrittene?) Aufklärung der Lindebergh-Entführung (die sein Bureau endgültig zur anerkannten Institution werden lies) in den Vordergrund gerückt hat. [...]
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... or, more accurately, film posters with their titles giving off the impression that they were hand-scrawled.
Recommendations are welcome,…
Complete list. :-(