Skip to main content

Foxcatcher review



The year of my personal delayed reactions continues.  Three of my favorite films this year have taken a day or two to sink in (in some cases a week or more), they took some time and contemplation for me to appreciate how wonderful they were. Frank, Birdman and Foxcatcher were all films that I knew I enjoyed when I left the theater but it took sometime for me to realize the degree to witch I enjoyed them. Some films value diminishes as time passes but the great ones appreciate in value.

Foxcatcher is described as -The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher lead by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances, but that in no way does justice to the film that Bennett Miller has created. Much like his previous film Moneyball, its a movie far better seen than discussed. That's not to say that both films will/have not inspired interesting conversations but that both films are understated character studies and must be seen to be appreciated. 

The acting in the film is across the board spectacular. Steve Carell gives a career best performance as John E du Pont, his characterization of this man while not completely true to the man himself, is brilliantly layered and nuanced. His thoughts are never telegraphed through his words, we given insight through his expressions and posture. Carell gives an incredibly physical performance that unlike his previous work is never really played for laughs. His character is unnerving to watch. Channing Tatum is also giving a breakout performance as Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz. 

If you know where this story is heading it in no way takes away from the pleasure of watching it. This movie isn't about the ending and its not really about the chain of events that propelled these men to their eventual fates. This is a character study. The pleasure of this film is watching the actors.  Don't get me wrong this isn't a light hearted take on some serious material but rather a compelling, deliberately paced decidedly dour examination of three men. 

The true story of John du Pont is well covered and publicized but if you're not familiar with it watch this movie first, then go back and read up on this man. He had a pretty interesting life and to the filmmakers credit this is a part of the story that I was not familiar with at all. Most biopics become a greatest hits of someones life and rarely shed new light on familar events. While this movie only touches on what would eventually become du Ponts legacy it fleshes out that story in an incredibly effective manor. 

I wish I would have seen this film before I compiled my top ten of 2014 because this would have been in the top three if not the #1 spot.  


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Richard Armitage interview on SLEEPWALKER

SLEEPWALKER is the latest film from director Elliott Lester. Troubled by bouts of sleepwalking and disturbing nightmares, graduate student Sarah Foster goes to her university's sleep research center for help. When she wakes up after her first night of being monitored, the world she lives in seems to have changed in subtle, Twilight-Zone-esque ways. In fact, every time she goes to sleep now, she wakes up in a slightly different version of her world. With the help of sleep researcher Dr. Scott White, she tries to work her way back to the reality she started in. But when they finally succeed, it’s revealed that Sarah’s world is not what she thought at all.

Today my guest is one of the stars SLEEPWALKER, Richard Armitage. Tonight we talk about his work on that film as well as his work as Thorin Oakenshiled in The Hobbit Films, as John Proctor in The Crucible, and his upcoming films Ocens 8 and the Julie Delpy directed film My Zoe.

Sleepwalker is Now Available on Digital HD and On Dem…

99 FROM 99: Cruel Intentions

On our latest episode of99 FROM 99, one host discovers some disturbing secrets about his co-host. All will be revealed in this episode on guilty pleasure CRUEL INTENTIONS! Namely that one host disagrees with the verdict of feeling guilt for enjoying this look at the cutthroat world of the powerful and wealthy transported to the realm of high school drama. Meanwhile the other host just feels bad for Selma Blair and all parties involved, including our dear listeners. Did we mention to give us a follow and a listen at the links below? Support what we do with bonus content and early episodes onPatreon Listen iTunes/Podbean Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @99from99

Internet Trolls and Critics in the Age of Rotten Tomatoes - A Look at the Critical Response to GOTTI

Hate, intolerance, and cruelty are the most valued currencies in the digital age. Online publications deal in the same eye-catching tabloid headlines that were once exclusive to rags like WEEKLY WORLD NEWS and the NATIONAL ENQUIRER. The monetization of clicks is ruining many forms of journalism and film criticism is just one of them. When organizations can see what headlines are generating revenue its only natural that sensationalism would start to rise. There is no consorted hivemind like conspiracy to destroy certain films but rather internet activity that has boosted a certain type of writer. From the outside, online film critics share quite a bit with their Twitter troll counterparts.

The critical response to John Travolta's passion project Gotti has been less than favorable, in fact, it has been downright abysmal. A project over ten years in the making, Travolta has poured his heart and soul into this venture. And many writers seem to take pleasure in the film's failure.

I…