Since I recently saw "The Nice Guys", and loving the fact that they opened the film with the old 70s…
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…
my mom thought j. edgar was played by philip seymour hoffman
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…
Film #16 of June Scavenger Hunt
Task # 7: A film starring Naomi Watts
Honestly, with such a star-studded cast I expected so much more from them. They all seemed to just play themselves in a different time period - Leo DiCaprio played the same character he always plays - with the same exact voice as Frank Abagnale
And the make-up is so laughable. What was supposed to be something serious that made young actors their older counterparts made every elder character look - for lack of a better word - creepy.
I don't think I would ever watch this again - which is something that is actually very rare for me. I feel almost as though I wasted over 2 hours of my life.
Such a confusing film to follow. Why end on a melodramatic note when the whole film was dedicated to Hoover's professional work? Was this a movie of his professional doings or his relationship with Clyde? It tries to tackle too much and in turn suffers from that ambition.
The makeup, the fucking makeup.
Leo is great as usual. Was I supposed to hate America just a little more when I was done watching this?
The directing was spotless, everything that the camera and actors did, radiated a perfection, that only a seasoned director like Eastwood wood give. The dark mono color, Snyder like color tone was a peculiar choice. Unfortunately, it was to long, like most biographies are. Some scenes were much better then others, with quality increasing as more time goes by. I like to call Leo a par actor, meaning he natural acting skills are so extraordinary, that he meets a high par in every role.
An expectedly electric performance from DiCaprio, but not really a compelling story.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been my favorite actor since I was a child so it has been a goal of mine to watch every film he's starred in and now I am one film closer to achieving my goal as I have only four films in his filmography left to watch for the first time.
I have avoided watching J. Edgar for almost five years now for no real reason, but its recent addition to the Netflix catalogue left me out of excuses so I finally sat down to watch the film. J. Edgar Hoover is a fascinating American historical figure to study and read about and seeing a biopic about him was certainly interesting, but the film itself wasn't necessarily…
Si poteva fare di meglio...storia un po' monotona e trucchi molto mediocri che saltano un po' troppo all'occhio
Complete list. :-(
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch