Program Notes

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Infamous (2006)

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Infamous is a pretty good movie with a performance by Brit actor Toby Jones as Truman Capote that should have earned him an Oscar nomination, and Daniel Craig as the murderer Perry Smith.

Program Notes: Layer Cake (2004)

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An entertaining gangster flick with plenty of style, Layer Cake asks us to root for a nameless drug dealer simply because he's less vile than his fellow miscreants – and because he's played by Daniel Craig.

Program Notes: Sylvia (2003)

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Sylvia falls short of being the final word on its subject. Still, the film has some fine moments, particularly a brave performance by Gwyneth Paltrow as Sylvia Plath and a big dose of manly charisma from Daniel Craig as Ted Hughes.

Program Notes: Road to Perdition (2002)

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Road to Perdition is a brooding gangster drama – about fathers and sons, damnation and redemption – that continually defies expectations. Superbly photographed and staged, it creates its own detached-but-compelling ambience.

Program Notes: Raging Bull (USA; 1980)

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Just how bad must a man be for us to no longer care about him? That’s the question at the heart of Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, widely regarded as the best American film of the 1980s.