Snow White in the remake of "Mirror, Mirror." Enough said.
“La Belle et la Bete” (1946) starts off with a Jean Cocteau’s message to the audience to leave their critical eyes at the front door and become children again: “Children,” Cocteau says, “believe what we [adults] tell them. They have complete faith in us…. They believe in thousands of simple things.” With this message in mind, I left “Mirror Mirror” with such disdain and dread for every child in that theater that was manipulated and abused by the adults who made the film simply to get money out of their parents during an economic downtime. [click to continue….]
Armie Hammer and Leonardo diCaprio as Clyde Tolson and J. Edgar Hoover, respectively. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.
J. Edgar Hoover was the director of the FBI through eight different presidents, six different decades and domestic conflicts such as the gangster wars of the 1930s and the Red Scare. Though he was arguably one of the most powerful men in government, his straight-suited image covered up his eccentric personal life. Among other things, he is rumored to have been involved in a long-time affair with Clyde Tolson, his second-in-command, in addition to being a cross-dresser. This dichotomy should have provided all that the all-star production team, including director Clint Eastwood, Oscar-winning writer Dustin Lance Black, and star Leonardo DiCaprio, needed to make J. Edgar one of the best American biopics of the last ten years. However, dissonance between the visions of writer and director prevented the film from offering insights into one of America’s most intriguing figures. [click to continue….]