FOXCATCHER, The Text Message Review

I want to talk to you about how he (director Bennett Miller) framed this film in a cinematic story. The first half we are with Mark Shultz (Channing Tatum). We see what he sees. How he observes life etc..? He’s in every single scene. Then at the half-way point we begin to see the world from John du Pont’s (Steve Carell) perspective. His strange, if not mentally challenged viewpoint. And Mark Shultz takes a back seat. Then the last 25 minutes we move to Dave Shultz (Mark Ruffalo) and he becomes the main character. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film told like this before.

– Matthew to friend AM on Foxcatcher

Matthew Toffolo to AK: I have tons to say about this film as it’s been three days since we’ve seen it and I’m still thinking about it. What are your thoughts 72 hours later?

AK: I liked this movie but I have to say that I was aware of its length when I was watching it, which is never a good sign.

MT: So it dragged a little bit for you? Remember the comments after the film from the two guys sitting behind us?

AK: You mean the guys who said they felt like they were literally watching the season’s change?

MT: Yeah. I can go on an elitist rant, but I guess that’s the art of the movies…everyone is entitled to their opinion.

AK: I got a little bored but I might have felt differently if I hadn’t been so freaking exhausted. I had a long day at work.

MT: I loved the pace. But obviously others felt differently.

AK: But I have to say that I LOVED the acting.

MT: Yes, you loved the Ruffalo, didn’t you?

AK: The acting was outstanding all around. But Ruffalo was unrecognizable to me. Very compelling character.

MT to AM: See Foxcatcher?

AM: Of course. Great film. Bennett Miller is 3 for 3 in this films. Capote was terrific. Moneyball is a pure joy to watch, plus it will stand the test of time for decades. And now Foxcatcher. What a dark film. So disturbing and fascinating to watch.

MT: I want to talk to you about how he framed this film in a cinematic story. The first half we are with Mark Shultz (Channing Tatum). We see what he sees. How he observes life etc..? He’s in every single scene. Then at the half-way point we begin to see the world from John du Pont’s (Steve Carell) perspective. His strange, if not mentally challenged viewpoint. And Mark Shultz takes a back seat. Then the last 25 minutes we move to Dave Shultz (Mark Ruffalo) and he becomes the main character. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film told like this before.

AM: That’s interesting. You’re probably right. He told a story almost from an animal’s perspective too. Like we’re still beasts in the wild. Mark Shultz basicially becomes John du Pont’s dog until he betrays him and finds another dog in his brother (his mannerisms were even dog-like). But Dave is an evolved guy and he’s going to be no ones dog, which lead to the tragedy. Even how Dave just called him John and how Mark always called him Mr. du Pont.

MT: Yeah, it’s a fascinating film. Even the ending where Mark is basically an entertaining beast for the masses. Miller’s themes so far in his three films are about people in power positions using other humans as toys for their own games, success, and amusement. John du Pont is one messed up guy. Perhaps one of the most pathetic characters in movie history.

AM: That should be your next list. Top 100 most pathetic characters in movie history.

MT: Perhaps!

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What Can Happen Will Happen – INTERSTELLAR – The text message review

My Dad: Thanks for the movie experience Matt. I liked the movie. Want to see it again and figure out if their math is right. They seemed to take some creative liberties but I was too into the story. Now I want to watch it again and just pay attention to the Engineering (dad is also an Engineer)

Matthew Toffolo: Glad you liked pops. People will definitely be into this if they last the almost 3 hour length because it’s about the meaning of life mixed in with a father/daughter love story. Tugs at everyone’s heartstrings.

Matthew to friend WB: Did you see Interstellar? (WB sees everything)

WB: Not yet. I m not sure if I want to. I loved Memento and The Prestige and I like The Dark Knight a lot but his other movies not so much.

Matthew: Yeah I think you’ll hate Interstellar. My dad really seemed to love it.

WB: What did you think?

Matthew: Christopher Nolan swings for the fences every time he’s up to the plate. BTW – Loved how everything in the future in Interstellar is bare and basic with all technology and gadgets removed from society. But baseball still is around and kicking (even on Saturn). Baseball will never DIE! Even Nolan understands that.

Like Nolan’s other films, he’s trying to find meaning in life and why we are here. The new religion. But sometimes he’s trying to tell us so much, we as an audience can lose all meaning. Like making a nice meal but giving your guest way too many things to chose from. Sometimes you need to keep it simple and it becomes more profound.

But I say keep going Mr. Nolan because you’ll eventually find your masterpiece.

WB: I don’t know….

Matthew: Performance note. Matt Damon appears out of nowhere at the half way point of the film and almost steals the film away from Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain.

Matthew to friend AM: You like Interstellar?

AM: Loved it. Nolan is king. You?

Matthew: I don’t know. I just performed a 10 minute Coles Note summary of the film to my wife (who will never see it) and I liked what he was trying to say. Other dimensions and stuff. I guess the ending says keep on living and exploring no matter what. Right?

AM: Yes! We need to keep evolving as a society and no matter we need to keep exploring and experimenting.

Matthew: Not sure how long a shelf life this film has. Will it still be effective in 10 years?

AM: Batman Begins is. Memento is. This film will be too.

Matthew: Perhaps.

AM: Definitely. Murphy’s Law: What can happen….will happen!!! That’s the movie in a nutshell.

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