More weekend review stuff

I did watch that last DVD, Infamous, last night and I'm very glad I did. It was very well written, even better acted, and a lot of fun.

If you're not familiar with the movie, it's about Truman Capote during the period in his life in which he was researching his book In Cold Blood. In the movie, Capote (Toby Jones) develops a relationship with murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith from the time they were first arrested right through their execution. Parallel to this is Capote's struggles to put the experience down in words. The use of his childhood friend, Nelle Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock), to define his struggle is inspired. Many of the statements each Lee and Capote uses about the other are mirrored in their own work and artistic struggle.

There's a lot of tongue-in-cheek comments and witty conversation along the way but the movie's poignancy is reflected largely in this small collection of people who are at their pinnacle of achievement and notoriety, two of whom are about to die, and two others who survive in body but lose their creativity.

I've not seen the movie Capote so I don't know how it compares to Infamous. I've heard that it's quite good, one of last year's best movies.

And the Stanford book I mentioned yesterday continues to impress me. I'm halfway through the book (Invisible Prey) and I definitely think it's one of his best.


tiff said…
I saw Capote and was at once mezmerized and appalled by it. An amazing movie, but not a happy one.

I've never even heard of Infamous. My bad.
Michael Manning said…
Utenzi: Phillip Seymour Hoffman was terrific in "Capote". I haven't seen this one but it sounds interesting also!
SassyAssy said…
You twisted my arm and I bought Invisible Prey on cd for my morning commute....impressive book so far. thanks for the great recommendation as usual.
Ivy said…
Here via Michele tonight..

I dont watch much tv or movies.. cant hold my attention long enough.. But it sounds interesting!
panthergirl said…
I loved Capote, so I wanted to let lots of time pass before watching this one. I think I'm ready. ;)

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