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Old March 11 2010, 05:24 AM   #316
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Re: Movies Seen in 2010

Theatre:

Avatar [ B]
Precious [A]
Invictus [ B]
A Single Man [B-]
Crazy Heart [A-]
A Serious Man [A-]
The Last Station [A-]

DVD:

Adventureland [B+]
Samaritan Girl [C-]
3-Iron [A]
The Hurt Locker [A-]
Citizen Kane [A]
Planet Hulk [B+]
High Society [B-]
The Philadelphia Story [A-]
The Pianist [A-]
Murder By Decree [A-]
A Man For All Seasons [B+]
A Patch of Blue [B+]
Broadway Danny Rose [B+]
The Departed [A]
The Purple Rose of Cairo [B+]
Zelig [B ]
Radio Days [B ]
Hannah and Her Sisters [B+]
Gone Baby Gone [A+]
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths [B+]
Doctor Zhivago [B ]
A Beautiful Mind [A-]
Match Point [A+]
Scoop [C]
Vicky Cristina Barcelona [B+]
The Maltese Falcon [B+]
Love and Death [B-]
Shakespeare in Love [A+]
Dial M For Murder [A]
The Last King of Scotland [A-]

A rather grisly journey into the realm of Idi Amin, as seen through the eyes of a Scottish doctor (who's a composite character of a couple of real people, with a judicious amount of fiction tossed in). Overall, I think using that vantage is a good idea; if you put Amin centre-stage from the start, you're inviting the audience to sympathize with him (view him as tragically misguided/fallen, etc.) in a way that would likely be irresponsible as a filmmaker. McAvoy often seems to play these kinds of viewpoint characters; he does a good job. Whitaker won his Oscar for this role, deservedly; it's a great performance, and manages to mix Amin's clownishness amiability with his evil menace effectively, something that a lot of actors wouldn't be able to make work. The opening drags a bit; we spend a good stretch of time with Gillian Anderson's character, but it doesn't really amount to anything significant.
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