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"For now, this list will serve as a cinematic guide through queer cinema, from Kenneth…
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.
Part of Graham J's There's Something About Midnight Challenge
“Which conversation shall we join?” “The one least likely to involve gunfire.”
The average daily high temperature in Savannah, Georgia in December is 63° Fahrenheit (17° Celsius), and the average daily low is 41° Fahrenheit (5° Celsius). Light jacket weather during day, warmer coat weather at night, one might say. It is Christmastide 1981 (we know it is Christmas because Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) is about to hold his annual Christmas party, but we do not realize the year until informed of it much later; only anachronistic automobiles lend a jarring suggestion that the otherwise contemporary-seeming proceedings are in fact historical). Despite the season, everyone is dressed as though it is…
Easily the worst film I've seen from Clint Eastwood.
Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has divided opinion since its release back in 1997. Based on John Berendt's novel of the same name, this film adaptation is one that meanders a little in its attempt to encompass as many of the characters in the book by straying slightly from the main subject of the plot, the death of a young hustler at the hands of a Southern millionaire.
John Cusack plays a magazine journalist sent to cover a small story in Savannah Georgia that quickly becomes something bigger when the man he's sent to interview kills a man in his house. Cusack's John Kelso had met the millionaire Jim Williams,played by Kevin Spacey, earlier in…
One of Eastwood least 'Eastwoody' films. The rhythm, lazy characters and flat humour actually feels more like a mediocre Woody Allen picture. Spacey and Law go far too large. Cusack isn't so bad, but the plot is ham-fisted and nowhere near as clever as it seems to think it is.
This falls into the other two Eastwood thrillers from this period Absolute Power, and True Crime in that they area all thrillers with prestigious casts that suffer from seriously bad pacing. I get a feeling that nobody could tell Eastwood to cut these movies down at this point because all three are over 2 hours, and I think all could do with some serious trimming. Additionally this one has real cohesion problems with the supernatural elements, seeming to come from a different movie than the more traditional courtroom material.
Cast wise we get a typically wonderful performance from Kevin Spacey, and a typically bland turn from John Cusack. Its in the cinematography that this film really misses an opportunity. This…
collective performance. surfaces individuals adopt to liaise with their communities.
When this Clint Eastwood-directed adaptation of John Berendt’s bestseller was released in 1997, it was a critical and commercial disappointment. But time has been kind to it, and its recent Blu-ray upgrade from Warner Archive reveals a fascinating work, and quite unlike anything else in the Eastwood filmography. His pictures are usually lean and mean, with not a wasted moment and a laser focus on narrative. This one runs an expansive 155 minutes, and much of the excess is in the first act – delaying the murder the movie is ostensibly about for as long as possible, to spend more time soaking in the swampy Savannah atmosphere, and reveling in its colorful characters (“It’s like 'Gone with the Wind' on mescaline,” John Cusack’s outsider reporter memorably notes.) It’s not Eastwood’s best film, but it’s one of his strangest, and three cheers for that.
Boring to the point of snoring.
Recently I’ve watched a number of Clint Eastwood’s 1970s films, ones that he directed and ones that he acted in: they’re an obnoxious bunch, often misogynist, generally worshipping the violent power of their authoritarian hero. But they always have their interest, even if it is just to wonder about the implications of their obnoxiousness. Here we are 20 years on and Eastwood has obviously been taking political correctness therapy – and it has been successful: Eastwood has become a good citizen. But, despite all its professionalism, despite the fine performances, despite all the care, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is not that interesting. It tells its story clearly and it is a diverting story, but it does…
I had not seen this movie since it came out in the nineties. At the time, it felt as if Clint Eastwood was taking an enlightened and progressive approach to gay rights. Watching it now, I can't help but feel as if he just wanted to put freaks on parade. Not just with the transgender and gay characters, but with the entire exaggerated southern atmosphere. It doesn't feel tolerant as much as it feels pandering and removed. I know it came from an era where it seemed unfathomable that most Americans would someday be for gay rights, but the movie is just too happy to turn it all into a joke. Also, would it kill Eastwood to pick up the pace a little? Christ.
Simply a long, tedious, non-sense and sometimes annoying movie.
Awful direction by Clint Eastwood, which is, indeed, surprising.
The movie clearly struggles to find its own voice: is it a thriller, a comedy, a "something" in general?
It disappointing at any level. The line story of the murder is uninteresting such that one can easily forget the trial on the run for
the character of Kevin Spacey. The description of Savannah and the south of USA is somewhat ridicolous and idealized at the same time.
There is a lot of characters, that are randomly thrown in the midst without adding anything to the story.
I personally detested the character of the shaman, always laughing without no reason and pretending to…
Some friends who had recently been to Savannah GA wanted to watch this together, so I tagged along.
It's OK. Cusack is fine enough, his love interest is serviceable, and Spacey demonstrates why people started to get a little tired of him around this time. The film is intentionally wandering, and doesn't really pick up momentum until a third-act courtroom plot sweeps it away.
I was most compelled by the inclusion and performance of Lady Chablis. Her charm and authenticity (ironically!) are in a stark contrast to the contrived plastic everywhere else in the film.
You could completely remove the voodoo mysticism subplot and have a better movie, but you could improve every film by removing its voodoo mysticism subplot.
I may move onto Unforgiven next because I have yet to see a Clint Eastwood film I've actually liked. (I've admired them, I just haven't been moved by them.)
Who gets bored watching this movie? I mean, for Pete's sake.
I had never seen this movie. Loved the intrigue, the drama, the pinch of voodoo, the sashay of certain characters. I saw a young Jude Law, Kevin Spacey and John Cusack are always favorites. I very much enjoyed seeing the backdrop of Savannah too. GREAT flick!
This is one of my favorite movies of all time, everyone's brilliant, the whole thing is decadent and delicious.
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