Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
A simple man. A difficult choice.
Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside world.
In my not so humble opinion this is Billy Bob Thornton's Magnum Opus! He wrote, directed and played the mentally challenged character Karl Childers!
Billy Bob Thornton's chameleonesque abilities brought the most tragic and tormented character to life right before our very eyes in this mesmerizing southern gothic tale!
Would I watch it again? Yes, I've seen it many times!
Would you buy the dvd? Yes!
I've been having a hard time writing a review for this movie, so here are the highlights from my notes.
It really is amazingly written, and all the characters feel real in the depth and complexity of their personality and in the sense that none of them are obviously tied to any sort of ulterior plot motives. Somehow you can see reflections or contrasts of the protagonist in almost every character around him.
There's something about the minimalist cinematography (most shots are flat with few cuts) which lends to the realism of the story while also naturally highlighting the more artistic shots which function as turning points.
Billy Bob Thornton did an incredible job transforming himself for his role. I couldn't even "see" him for the first few scenes.
Written, Directed, and Staring Billy Bob Thornton is so well done I cannot count how many times i've seen it.
A film that i'm sure most people don't find as funny as I do.
One with such a tragic story but a character you instantly sympathize for.
A story of a friendship so powerful that I fall in love with this film over and over again.
The performance of Billy Bob Thornton is so great as Carl he manages to look different in simply changing the way he holds his mouth.
The film is nothing short of a masterpiece to me.
If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it be your next watch.
Not sure why I waited almost 20 years to finally see this movie. Billy Bob Thornton does an excellent job on three fronts....acting, writing and directing. Dwight Yoakam is excellent as the abusive boyfriend...John Ritter is another standout. I liked the movie but it is probably one of those movies were one time is enough...can not see ever revisiting this movie again. The 40th Robert Duvall movie that I have watched.
This in my opinion is the least talked about, greatest films I've ever seen. The performance BBT gives in this has to be the best I've seen. The story, the acting, and the characters, I loved everything about this film!
Billy Bob Thornton's most well known directed film and his directorial debut was actually pretty good. The way the camera was directed was with a lot of patience, and how you have long takes, but the camera wouldn't be moving, it'll just be focused on a dramatic conversation which it added a whole lot of depth to the dialogue filled movie. The performances by Thornton was stunning and believable, along with the writing, which was also done by Thornton very well. The supporting cast is great, and the cinematography and tone was fantastic. Like I said before, I loved the patient camera work. The pacing was actually very good too.
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An excellent movie. Billy bob did a tremendous job with everything.
This movie really helps put into perspective how bad Forrest Gump is.
I'm never sure what to say about this movie except PLEASE WATCH THIS RIGHT NOW. Everything about it is genius,
Was this Billy Bob Thornton's pinnacle? Hard to say because he didn't start dating Angelina Jolie until the early 2000's.
Anyway, how did this movie elude me all of these years? Great movie that made you feel sad, angry, uncomfortable, and happy. Billy Bob Thornton was unrecognizable as Karl and the acting was superb (why didn't Dwight Yoakam parlay this into a bigger movie career?). Once you take into account that Teen Wolf's Dad played a role and John Ritter's hair was featured, I'm not sure I can come up with a negative.
I reckon I liked this film a great deal.
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Film suffers over time due to a tendancy to have mentally disabled characters be limited only by their speech, haircut, or style of walking. Underneath that Thorton's character is the most articulate and nuanced character in the film which seems to negate anything that suggests he is simple.
Third act turns into a monologue acting clinic for Thorton's character to provide heart-wrenching speeches to each of the characters in the film. Feels a bit tacked on with each successive conversation. Can easily see why this film was Oscar bait in 1996 or even today potentially.
Apparently, Billy Bob considers this the best film he's ever made. In a world where Bad Santa exists, I politely disagree.
As a first screenplay, it's pretty impressive, but probably not worthy of it's Oscar. What's more impressive is that this is Billy Bob's first time directing, and he does a great job.
The film itself though is nothing special. The plot is predictable and most of the characters are pretty one dimensional. Billy Bob essentially plays Karl as one of those magical handicapped people that only exist in Hollywood (think the infamous "full retard" speech in Tropic Thunder). Certainly not deserving of a best actor nomination. Dwight Yoakam is actually pretty good, but his character is just a stereotypical asshole with nothing else to him.
It's probably worth a watch, but you're not missing anything if you don't.
On a side note, why doesn't Billy Bob go by Bill Thornton? It'd be a lot easier to take him seriously.
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