Sunday, December 14, 2014

Exceptionalism, Hmmm --- Day 3/328

Walk: Sundance Kabuki (Foxcatcher)
Distance: 2 miles

Foxcatcher

Ciwt has observed that sometimes something magic happens when an actor known as a comedian plays a serious role. Robin Williams in Dead Poet's Society for instance.  And Steve Carell in Foxcatcher.  Carell is dead on in this portrayal of privileged, shielded-by-immense-wealth, deeply unbalanced heir John E. Du Pont.  An excellent study of the dark realities also (along with the many inspirational glories we're used to seeing in movies) at the heart of of many sports: loneliness, wealth/sponsorship, desperation, isolation, immaturity, exploitation, violence, neediness.  Terrific acting by all three leads: Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo.  Slow, grimly revelatory, probably unpleasant viewing for many. Also a unique opportunity to eyeball the ever shrinking-but-true rarefied/removed old WASP upper crust American lifestyle. (Ie, This is not Ralph Lauren).

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