Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Come as you are.
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancé's right-wing moralistic parents.
Wicked performances by an all star cast however Nathan Lane outshined them all! His over the top flamboyant caricature was a real riot! Add Robin Williams to the mix and they'll have you rolling on the floor laughing! Hank Azaria was insanely funny he made me laugh so hard it hurt!
One of the funniest, wittiest, political satires I have ever seen!
The late Robin Williams stars in this wonderfully frothy comedy with brilliant support from Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria and Dianne Wiest.
The heart-warming tale of a lovely gay couple who must overcome having an asshole straight son. This could have been cringe-inducing but it's a winner.
The only thing I really wish for it is that it didn't take itself so seriously at times. Other than that, its a riot of situation comedy with some grand performances. Williams' gurning takes a back seat in a relatively "straight" role, while Lane tears the scenery to shreds in an utterly dedicated, hilarious and heartfelt performance. Hackman fulfills the role with enough bewildered comedy and the couple to be are both capable. If only Wiest were given more to do beyond a few bright moments. Brilliantly scripted and run by its great and diverse characters.
I tend to severely dislike those Hollywood remakes of foreign comedies (and by foreign I mean anything not American). The humour usually falls flat and a lot seems to get lost in translation. This is one of the few examples where it worked rather well.
La Cage aux folles is a delightful comedy and quintessentially French. This remake somehow managed to capture that really well, but still managed to make it a successful transition to American culture. It is essentially still the same story, so all opportunities for strong situational comedy remain, yet it is within the performances this film excels.
Nathan Lane is scrumptiously gorgeous here. His performance is not only unbelievably…
As someone who experienced the same sinking feeling as many when I heard the news about Robin Williams, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and watch one of his films in commemoration. Although I grew up watching Jumanji, Flubber and Mrs Doubtfire, I thought I'd try something new. The Birdcage was perhaps not the best choice as Williams actually makes two suicide jokes in it which feel a little uncomfortable now but it was still a great way to look back on his talent.
His performance as gay nightclub owner Armand Goldman is not the craziest he's ever done but is the crucial counterpoint to Hank Azaria and Nathan Lane's more over the top performances.
The film has a…
Another movie watched in memoriam. Robin Williams turns in another solid performance.
It's fun to see Robin Williams play the straight man (pun very much intended), his silent reactions to the wackiness going on are some of the funniest parts of the movie. And then there's Emmanuel Lubezki's work here. It's interesting to watch some of his early movies having seen his more naturally beautiful later work (obviously, the movie set in space is the exception in that regard). There's nothing natural about the lush lighting in this, or A Walk in the Clouds, or Reality Bites, but it looks lovely. And I'm pretty sure I spotted a precursor to the car scene in Children of Men here.
A joy from the start to the end. Everyone plays their part beautifully especially Hank Azaria
A clear case of a deal successfully loading an entire film. You can not look out at nothing, even with illustrious names in other technical aspects. I know someone has written (and rewritten) what comes out of their mouths and what they do, but in this case I feel like it for themselves. Can you imagine other (American) faces?
Anyway, the movie disapoints a little bit. Too many preparations and too little juice extracted to family evening with even huger possibilities.
Watched on Blu-ray Disc - 10/01/14
An okay film. Kind of hate the son for putting his parents through the entire premise, but I suppose you can't have the film without it.
Yet another gem discovered in my tribute to Robin Williams marathon, The Birdcage is a hilarious, heartwarming, refreshing, and poignant film that needs to be seen by more people.
It is tragically rare that a film about homosexual men, especially in the 90's, that the fact that they are homosexual is not insultingly monopolized for cheap comedic value. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this film is that the two primary characters, also the homosexual partners, are really never ashamed nor pressured to change their lifestyle. Sure, the primary plot is centered on them trying to impress the conservative, right wing parents of their soon to be daughter in law. The film ridicules the traditional ridiculousness of Hackman's character and his…
DIANE WIEST 4 LYFE
Know it by heart but every bit as entertaining as I remembered.
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- After Hours
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