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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Underrated/Forgotten Films of the Week

Underrated/Forgotten Films of the Week

Shadow of the Vampire- This film details the making of the classic vampire film Nosferatu and the battle fought between its star and director.  This film definitely takes liberties with the facts (you'll see what I mean) and John Malkovich's acting is not great, but that is more than made up for by the creepy atmosphere and Willem Dafoe's Oscar-nominated performance as the Nosferatu star, Max Shrek, the ultimate method actor.  His performance is one of the greatest in cinema history.

Reversal of Fortune- This 1990 film details the real story of Claus von Bulow, a man who was charged with the attempted murder of his wife, and how he uses a lawyer to try to reverse his fortune/sentence.  The film stars Jeremy Irons in a delightfully creepy, Oscar-winning turn as von Bulow, and Glenn Close as his wife.  Reversal of Fortune was nominated for two more Oscars: Best Director (Barbet Schroeder) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nicholas Kazan).  It is incredibly entertaining and has very wide appeal.

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