The Trailer Park: A Look Back at Recent History

Historical dramas are making their way to screens this season, likely trying to capitalize on Oscar fever and buzz. The first takes us back to the time after the 9/11 attacks with Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow and Tom Hanks. It was originally meant to release in September, but has now been pushed back to December with a wide release in January. The second takes us further and spans a big chunk of the 20th Century, with Clint Eastwood guiding our way.

‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

So far, director Stephen Daldry has made three films that I personally enjoy and praise very highly: ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘The Hours’ and ‘The Reader‘. In his latest emotionally-driven drama based on the novel of the same name, the British filmmaker revisits life in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Ten-year-old Oskar copes with the loss of his father by going on a treasure hunt across New York City, an activity the two used to enjoy together. I really like the preview. It’s quite moving and sentimental. From what I can gather, this isn’t about trying to understand the events of that day, but is rather a poignant celebration of our differences as people.

‘J. Edgar’

If this preview is any indication, Clint Eastwood appears to be back in form with some serious gusto after the middle of the road ‘Hereafter‘ and the only slightly better ‘Invictus‘. In his usual dramatic style, he traces the life and times of the man responsible for one of the most powerful law enforcement agencies in U.S. history, as well as his questionable tactics in criminal investigation. With Leonardo DiCaprio’s terrific talents in the lead, the film looks to be a riveting, wild ride. The mention of Clyde Tolson, played by Armie Hammer, has me wondering if the filmmakers will also touch on Hoover’s often controversial sexuality.

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  1. The Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close novel really wrecked me emotionally. The end of that book is just devastating. I’m not too impressed with the trailer, however. Looks like they’ve made it into some feel-good, Oscar bait schmaltz.

  2. Professor E., I remember a short interview with Eastwood not too long ago, in which he mentioned he won’t expand on Hoover’s sexual orientation. There will be some subtle hints, but nothing too in your face.

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