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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cine Beaverhausen Catches Up with the Oscar Nominees: Trumbo

Bryan Cranston is a Best Actor Oscar nominee for his performance in the biopic, Trumbo. The movie details how top-tier 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo became blacklisted in the early 1950s during the McCarthy hearings.

The film sports a grand cast. Diane Lane plays Dalton's wife in a poignantly understated acting job. Helen Mirren, who's in practically everything it seems, is right-wing Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper; a serious role that, nonetheless, has a camp edge to it.

John Goodman's excellent herein. Elle Fanning's in this, too. And David James Elliott makes a fine John Wayne. (I just love to look at the guy, frankly. Is that so wrong?)

This film is still politically relevant today, unfortunately, especially in America. "Are you, or have you ever been, a homosexual?" With our current Congress, that doesn't seem so far-fetched.

Script by John McNamara from a book by Bruce Cook, directed by Jay Roach. Not mere agitprop, this is a beautifully made film all around. Impressive score by Theodore Shapiro, vivid cinematography by Jim Denault.

Cranston and Mirren won Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards for their work in Trumbo. If Cranston loses to the likes of Matt Damon or Leonardo, I will spit nails. Just warning everyone.


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