We were fully prepared to fall in love with the movie “J Edgar.” We imagined a mini-history of the USA in the first half of the 20th century, and a visual feast through the decades. Plus, we have been enjoying the sensitivity of Clint Eastwood’s directing in the past few years and if a movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s bound to have a big budget. And of course we expected to learn a lot about the mysterious J Edgar Hoover. To put it mildly, our expectations were not met. We YAWNED repeatedly during the endless rambling monologues by Hoover and the countless flashbacks. Leonardo did a decent job of acting but we couldn’t forget for a minute that he’s Leo THE MOVIE STAR. An unknown character actor might have made Hoover more real. The biggest problem was the dull and uninspired script – it created an lifeless portrait of what was most likely a complex and intriguing man.

Posted by Janet on November 10, 2011

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  1. By forrest gump
    On November 11, 2011 at

    the J-bar in Aspen won’t need resques of these FAGGOTS, folks!!!!!!!!!

  2. By Denise
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Leo is too pretty to play J. Edgar who was as ugly as a cartload of a-holes, inside and out. How could he possibly be believable?

  3. By chris
    On November 11, 2011 at

    J Edgar today would have exposed the Enemy within the Govt. and Entertainment Run Media.
    He truly loved his Country, something we can’t say anymore about our leaders.

  4. By Chicagoland
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Hoover was a hypocrite and megalomaniacal petty tyrant. Corrupt as the day is long, he was an example of how a small, mean man and his apparent self-hatred can go a long way toward inflicting that misery on others.

    (Contemporary example: see Giuliani, Rudy.)

    As for Leo, he’s not untalented, but he does have his obvious limits. Six hours worth of bad prosthetics and amateurish makeup won’t compensate for his shortcomings—it merely emphasizes them.

    Anyone who seriously thought he could pull this off should have watched just five minutes of his feeble Howard Hughes impersonation in “The Aviator.”

    Clint: Retire already, pal.

    Chris: Whatever it is you’re smoking, pass some this way. :)

  5. By Patrick
    On November 11, 2011 at

    I have no doubt this flik is a dry one, but I expect it to be and will adjust my expectation accordingly. The era is a great one for a period piece and anything Clint I’m up for .We have a brand new AVX theatre in my hood and I will dig into my jeans for this one.
    Let’s go Muffie, I’m buyin!

  6. By Chicagoland
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Oh, and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black: you should have written at least a few scenes of J. Edgar hoovering up his boyfriend’s crotch. Yes, it would have been cheap and salacious (but true!), and yes, Clint would have fought you to write them out, but at least you would have tried.

    As it stands, you’ve created a snore-fest that will struggle to find an audience.

    This should have been a much smaller, character-driven film. Something more akin to “Monster” with Jeremy Renner (sorry, he’s got the ugliness for it), playing Hoover.

  7. By Strom
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Unfortunately most young people today dont even know who J Edgar H. was. Of course most don’t know who any of the presidents were either but can name you the names of every rap singer and probably all the names of the lesbian bars.

  8. By Patrick
    On November 11, 2011 at

    The eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
    We lived, we loved, saw sunsets glow.

  9. By Say Something Nice
    On November 11, 2011 at

    The supposed importance of remembering or knowing every skidmark who has soiled the drawers of human history is overrated, at best.

    Something nice: But I like your psychosis; it’s sometimes even entertaining! ;)

  10. By Patrick
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Charming personality you are, troll.

  11. By Say Something Nice
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Thanks! :)

    But if you’ll adjust the fit of your tampon, perhaps your vision will clear and you will see that we were not addressing the likes of you.

  12. By Say Something Nice
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Granted, looks like a “Supersize” and Lawd knows, they can be tricky.

  13. By Patrick
    On November 11, 2011 at

    An honest mistake.
    Now go plug a dyke, knowing one.

  14. By Say Something Nice
    On November 11, 2011 at

    No worries! :)

    Obviously a “Heavy Flow” day for you; take a Midol and go lay the fuck down somewhere.

  15. By Strom
    On November 11, 2011 at

    It’s not about posters!

  16. By Indy aka Christine India
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Patrick, I’d rather not remember 11-11-11.

    Very large load of laundry
    after a night of insomnia
    everything and everyone
    on TV morning shows have
    made me irritable and
    jealous of the large salaries
    they command. eg. Kelly Ripa
    :( :( :(

  17. By Patrick
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Strom LOL!

  18. By Denise
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Indy…we’ll have to schedule that Kelly Ripa intervention …

  19. By Patrick
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Poor Christine.
    Hot bath, glass a wine/couch.
    No t.v.
    A good book=sleepytime girl.

  20. By Indy aka Christine India
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Denise, Patrick:

    Brother Ben
    Shot a goose
    And killed a hen.

  21. By Muffie!!
    On November 11, 2011 at

    What Denise said in her first comment! :)

    PS. Yeah sure Patrick, Muffie is down with that. Especially on your dime. By the way, AVX is so worth the extra money. It’s like HD TV, once you watch your favorite shows in HD, you just can’t imagine how ever survived without it!

  22. By Patrick
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Muffie, I canceled my HD and went back to regular. Facial pores were freakin me out.
    Hockey in HD is excellent tho.
    The first movie I saw in AVX was a Peter Gabriel concert live.
    Way cool!!
    Patrick always buys. We’ll go for French bistro before the flik.

  23. By Shondra Ortiz-Magro
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Janet your tastes in Film have been generally at odds with most of your readers and the general population at large for years.

    Also when you say ‘we’ are you referring that you took your entire staff to see the film with you?

    Surely to cover all of the events you showcase would require a team as large as Harvey Levin, the Jewish host of TMZ has amassed.

  24. By Muffie!!
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Okay, your on Patrick, but I will have to take a pass on the “French bistro” bit. Gotta watch the old Muffin Top you know how it is, eh?

    ;) ;) ;)

  25. By Patrick
    On November 11, 2011 at

    You can have a tomato salad with hand peeled shrimp, sliced black olives and capers.
    I’ll just watch you eat and do things to you under the table.

  26. By Muffie!!
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Patrick, the “tomato salad with hand peeled shrimp, sliced black olives and capers” sounds delicious and nutritious!!

  27. By Patrick
    On November 11, 2011 at

    I forgot the shaved pecorino.

  28. By Muffie!!
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Mmm, “shaved pecorino” is ALWAYS a good thing!!

  29. By nancy frank
    On November 11, 2011 at

    Just saw J. Edgar. Thought it was fabulous. Remember him well and the movie did not disappoint. Think Leonardo should win an Oscar for his performance.

  30. By anonTWO
    On November 12, 2011 at

    not interested. in. this. film.

  31. By Kitty
    On November 12, 2011 at

    You’d have to pay me to go see a Leonardo DeCraprio movie!

  32. By Hello
    On November 12, 2011 at

    It’s fun and funny to see who the govt allows to be outed,and biracial. J.hoover was both.

  33. By Bu
    On November 12, 2011 at

    Kelly Ripa is a very bazaar woman with a big head on the body of a little boy that takes steroids. The problem is that she most likely thinks she actually deserves to be paid millions for what she does. I haven’t watched “Live” in like 18-19 years or more!

  34. By dee cee
    On November 13, 2011 at

    Uh J Edgar is dead? That part was easy.. but resurrecting him from the grave, stepping in his shoes.. and putting lies and false details and stories into the historical account and forgetting the rest in peace for the deceased, requires a mealy mouth fool and jerk, even to pretending he’s worthy of becoming a fierce old geezer who did what he did because this is what happened and he was guided by many higher in power above him to hide, lie and guide the news and form the office. John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972) was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States. Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation—predecessor to the FBI—in 1924, he was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972. Hoover is credited with building the FBI into a large and efficient crime-fighting agency, and with instituting a number of modern innovations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories.

    Late in life and after his death Hoover became a controversial figure as evidence of his secretive actions became public. His critics have accused him of exceeding the jurisdiction of the FBI. He used the FBI to harass political dissenters and activists, to amass secret files on political leaders, and to collect evidence using illegal methods. FBI directors are now limited to one 10-year term, subject to extension by the United States Senate, because of his long and controversial tenure. Like this government is doing today.. we are harassed as loyal tax paying citizens, what is left of us, stripped of freedoms and the illegal, evil, enemies of us are the ones who win.. to lead all of us into a one world hell hole with Big Sis and Holder, doing their worst and the same as J Edgar.. Leo’s always the steady ‘commie liberal tool’ actor man ready for that loyal let’s just change history a bit, blame Clint., I get the golden statue K?

  35. By Kitty
    On November 13, 2011 at

    Right on, dee cee.

  36. By Ben
    On November 13, 2011 at

    Anyone who partied with Cardinal Spellman both in hoop skirts deserves respect.

  37. By Patrick
    On November 15, 2011 at

    So I went to this film last night and it was clinical, sterile and shadowy. There was no believable passion in the charachters and with twenty minutes left in the movie I couldn’t stand the boredom any longer and squirmed out of my chair and went home to the beer fridge.
    The best part of the movie was my Dr. Pepper and Jersey milk bar.
    Janet was right.
    A miss for Clint.

  38. By Strom
    On November 15, 2011 at

    Hoover bi racial – one more urban myth proved false:

    However, genealogist George Ott investigated the claim, failed to substantiate it, and said he believes it to be false.

  39. By Chicagoland
    On November 15, 2011 at

    Thanks for the head’s up Patrick. Another boring effort for Clint among so many. The problem IMHO is that he is a technician, not an artist. Martin Scorcese, for example, is both. But Clint always produces on time and under budget. That’s why the H-wood moneybags LOVE him; he’ll be making films for as long as he wants.

    This one, however, didn’t even SOUND good: Leo was badly miscast. He probably jumped at it for a chance to win an Oscar after Clint got lucky with “Million Dollar Baby” (which was made just five seconds before a lot of people realized they were kinda sick of looking at Hilary Swank).


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