ACTOR - Paul Giamatti

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I'm not a guy who has a lot of, 'I want to work with so-and-so.' I'll take whatever work I can get.

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Past Midnight 1991,  R)
Singles 1992,  PG-13)
Mighty Aphrodite 1995,  R)
Sabrina 1995,  PG)
Before and After 1996,  PG-13)
Breathing Room 1996,  R)
Donnie Brasco 1997,  R)
Donnie Brasco
A good gangster film but it's a little overrated. Pacino and Depp aren't really at their best but overall, this is a very entertaining film with a good supporting cast.
Private Parts 1997,  R)
Private Parts
I?ve heard some of Howard Stern?s radio stuff and I can?t say I was that impressed. So it was quite a surprise that this ?loose? biography on the DJ is actually quite funny with some genuine tender moments!
My Best Friend's Wedding 1997,  PG-13)
My Best Friend's Wedding
Absolutely fucking awful! Everyone who worked on this film should be ashamed of themselves!
Deconstructing Harry 1997,  R)
The Break 1995,  PG-13)
Tourist Trap 1998,  Unrated)
The Truman Show 1998,  PG)
The Truman Show
I didn't really get into it. I hate Carrey in these roles and Peter Weir has been so much better!
Dr. Dolittle 1998,  PG-13)
Dr. Dolittle
A guinea pig that says shit. Well done, be proud!
Saving Private Ryan 1998,  R)
Saving Private Ryan
After an amazing start this film went rapidly downhill. It's a stupid story and a is little contrived. Brilliantly shot, with a brilliant cast, just rubbish writing! Ridiculously overhyped.
The Negotiator 1998,  R)
The Negotiator
I?m glad Paul Giamatti turns down the stupid comedy roles these days. It?s an ok film, but it should?ve been better due to its great cast!
Safe Men 1998,  R)
Winchell 1998,  R)
Cradle Will Rock 1999,  R)
Cradle Will Rock
War, censorship, politics and corporate art. This is an extremely entertaining and informative look at how the art world both survived and changed during unrest in New York in the 1930?s. It may not sound like a barrel of laughs, and it can be a bit theatrical at times, but this is a great film, Highly recommended!
Man on the Moon 1999,  R)
Man on the Moon
Informative and fantastical, it?s very fitting because it?s very Kaufman.
If These Walls Could Talk 2 2000,  R)
Big Momma's House 2000,  PG-13)
Big Momma's House
Devoid of humour, intelligence and anything of quality. One of the worst films I've ever seen to the point where I'm not sure which is more unbelievable, the fact that this film has a sequel or that it was made in the first place.
Duets 2000,  R)
This was an unexpectedly sweet film, Paul Giamatti is great as always.
Storytelling 2002,  R)
Planet of the Apes 2001,  PG-13)
Planet of the Apes
Not even the excellent cast could save this misjudged stinker of a movie. Burton should have known better.
Big Fat Liar 2002,  PG)
Thunderpants 2001,  PG)
Confidence 2003,  R)
It?s ok but Dustin Hoffman was terribly miscast considering in the book, his character is this giant muscle-bound thug who sends fair into the hearts of all things living. Hardly!
American Splendor 2003,  R)
American Splendor
Probably the best comic adaptation made so far. It made people take Giamatti a little more seriously too which helped his career no end. A great film!
The Pentagon Papers 2003,  R)
Paycheck 2003,  PG-13)
Some guys in suits, who don't read books, make a lot of money and Mr Dick keeps on rolling!
Sideways 2004,  R)
Paul Giamatti is fantastic in this really funny comedy. I also feel quite strongly about Merlot and am often caught quoting this film in restaurants!
Robots 2005,  PG)
It's not bad but it suffers from the usual post WALL-E 'Effects before story' chestnut. It's OK but not great. It's light entertainment!
Cinderella Man 2005,  PG-13)
Cinderella Man
A predictable, clichéd, formulaic story of one man?s struggle against adversity. Not usually my cup of tea, but I thought this was quite good! I have a lot of niggles with its direction and continuity but overall, it?s a good Ron Howard film.
The Hawk Is Dying 2006,  Unrated)
The Hawk Is Dying
Not much has been written about Julian Goldberger's 2006 film The Hawk Is Dying but then not many people saw it. What is written isn't particularly positive which puzzles and frustrates me in equal measure. Paul Giamatti gives the best performance of his career and possibly the best performance of 2006. His performance completely absorbs the audience into following him and highlighting aspects of his character and the overall message, that I think many people missed. Giamatti plays George, a man who we are told finds it extremely hard to express his emotions. When his nephew dies unexpectedly, he goes into an obsessive meltdown while his family and friends watch on worriedly. The point of the film isn't how unnatural or stunted George is, it is how unnatural everyone else is in displaying (or not displaying) their grief. The film very cleverly and very subtly shows us the madness in others while we follow what we are told is mad but in truth is nothing more than natural. It's heaped in symbolism but never preaches or pretends to be anything more than it is. In my opinion, it's one of the best films of the decade and hopefully in time more people will agree with me. Crash won the Oscar in 2006 for best picture, Giamatti was nominated for best supporting actor for his role in Cinderella Man and Michelle Williams for hers in Brokeback Mountain. They should have all won for The Hawk Is Dying.
Asterix and the Vikings 2006,  Unrated)
The Illusionist 2006,  PG-13)
The Illusionist
Flawed. It asks big questions and gives you no real answer. Lazy film making!!
Lady in the Water 2006,  PG-13)
Lady in the Water
I thought this was a sweet little movie, I'm not so sure why it got so panned by the critics? M. Night does have a bit of an ego though, which is becoming a problem, at least his signature unpredictable (predictable) ending was different!
The Ant Bully 2006,  PG)
The Ant Bully
A brave move making another 'Bug' film so soon after Antz and A Bug's Life. It also had to do battle with Author and the Invisibles if I recall although that was just bad luck. I'll be honest and say I didn't think it was very clever, for every good idea there were 5 bad ones. Being small should have been enough to work with, sure it has been done before so if you're going to go down that route, make sure you up the ante (pun not intended) and not just make up stupid stuff like Ant magic etc. I liked the bit inside the Frog and being a huge fan of his I obviously liked the Bruce Campbell bits but apart from that I will have forgotten this film within a few months.
The Amazing Screw-On Head 2006,  Unrated)
Shoot 'Em Up 2007,  R)
Shoot 'Em Up
I really don't understand where the love for this film is coming from. It's a 'Stylish action film full of mindless fun'. Yeah, without the style or the fun and with 3rd rate action at best. The dialogue is beyond awful. For once flixsters keywords are accurate, especially with 'dumb', 'pointless' and 'stupidest'. Ha ha
The Nanny Diaries 2007,  PG-13)
Fred Claus 2007,  PG)
Fred Claus
You don't have to be a cynical old Scrooge like me to see through this transparent nonsense. The moral message is totally confused, just when it becomes time to explain themselves, someone throws a dwarf in the air like it's funny and socially acceptable. Where exactly was Santa born and in what time period? At least it got one thing right, Christmas is all about receiving - that's it. I would say that this is just another capitalist consumer Coca-cola Christmas story but I don't think the writers are that intelligent. The only redeeming feature was the support for people living in their brothers shadow scene but then even that felt like a wasted opportunity. I can't say I was that disappointed though as it pretty much matched my low expectations. Directed by David Dobkin, ah now it makes sense!
Pretty Bird 2008,  R)
Cold Souls 2009,  PG-13)
Duplicity 2009,  PG-13)
It's funny, half way through this film I became quite frustrated, I felt it was getting quite repetitive and you could tell the ending would have only one of two possible outcomes and I wasn't really fussed by either. This was true up until a point. I've never changed my mind so quickly and so drastically about an ending as I have for this film. Disappointment was followed very quickly by fulfilment, laughter and a sort of sense of relief. Tony Gilroy's directing style is impressive too, I don't think he totally pulled off the split-screen scenes particularly well but on the whole the rest of the film was pretty stylish. Certainly not a perfect film, not as good as Michael Clayton but the love/hate ending really made it worth it for me.
The Last Station 2010,  R)
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 2009,  R)
Barney's Version 2011,  R)
Barney's Version
Barney's version is probably my favourite and one of the best biopics of a fictitious character ever. Paul Giamatti plays the main character over a 30 year period, make up aside, he is completely convincing in every age he plays. Dustin Hoffman is also brilliant as his no nonsense ex-cop father. The story is pretty good too, ridiculous but not unbelievable. Funny and heartwarming throughout, a real pleasure that I'm glad I stumbled across. Why this film isn't so well known or wasn't so well received is beyond me. Giamatti won the Golden Globe but wasn't even nominated for the Oscar, how does that make any sense?
Win Win 2011,  R)
Win Win
I loved the Station Agent, so my expectations were quite high for this, Thomas McCarthy's third film as director. My expectations were met. Win Win has a great story, great script, with a great cast all putting in great performances. Paul Giamatti is a reliable actor and it was great to see Bobby Cannavale teamed up with McCarthy again, he hasn't been this good since The Station Agent but I'm not sure why as he is a very funny guy. I was entertained through the film but the end scene made it just that little bit extra special in my opinion. It kept it real and basically says 'and there is nothing wrong with that'. A special film, overlooked but not for long I'd imagine, I think it will have its day on DVD.
Ironclad 2011,  R)
Too Big to Fail 2011,  Unrated)
The Hangover Part II 2011,  R)
The Hangover Part II
In trying to better the first film, the makers of The Hangover II forgot to inject the element of originality. I'm not saying they haven't been creative, it's just that the whole sequence of events became quite predictable and the shock tactics became a little less shocking each time. The overall story was fine as were the cast but I thought the ending was horrible. I also think Zach Galifianakis shelf-life is nearly up, unless he does something a bit different. The Hangover III - I don't think so.
The Ides of March 2011,  R)
The Ides of March
As plot lines go The Ides of March is pretty predictable and not particularly original - it is the great performances from the impressive cast that makes the film entertaining. George Clooney has already proved himself a talented director and his credibility remains very much in tact, he actually steps to one side on the acting front with this film, unselfishly and quite sensibly concentrating on the Ryan Gosling's character. He's had a good year eh, he can proudly add this to CV, as can all the supporting cast. Overall, it's a simple yet entertaining political thriller, nothing over the top but you'd have to be pretty naive for it to be a political revelation but it's entertaining all the same. I can't stand that poster though!
John Dies at the End 2013,  R)
John Dies at the End
I read John Dies at the End about a year before I saw the film. I wondered how the hell anyone would adapt it into film and the answer is clear. You can't. Not properly anyway, but that said Don Coscarelli did pretty well. Much of the film was instantly recognisable from the book, in that sense it is a faithful translation but there just isn't enough of it. Coscarelli didn't include enough of the story in the film and so left out so much that goes on to explain a little further as to what the hell is actually happening. I do think he did enough for people to know what did happen at the end though, if you watch it and still don't know then it's because you're too used to watching formulaic rubbish that has closed your mind somewhat. Without wanting to ruin anything for you, the clue is in the title! I do wish the film was adapted into a trilogy, then the whole story could have been told, we could have had more character development (rather than character merger) and it wouldn't have felt like such an anti-climax. Shame, this was supposed to be the next big cult film.
Cosmopolis 2012,  R)
Cosmopolis is now the third film I have watched and then watched all over again straight afterwards. Needless to say I'm dog tired this morning after staying up well past my bed time but it was worth it. Don DeLillo's post modern Jazz-like style of writing is pretty abstract but his exploration of modern themes; consumerism, corruption, the media and the diseases of society are brilliantly written and have been brilliantly visualised by Cronenberg. DeLillo's work has been criticised as being overly stylised and intellectually shallow but then not everybody likes Jazz. Cronenberg has been similarly criticised over the years, although in my opinion his best films have been overlooked and his worst has been shockingly overpraised. It's hard not to compare this film to Naked Lunch, a cult novel that also wasn't highly regarded upon release but soon gathered recognition. Cronenberg truly did film the unfilmable and yet the film remains a cult favourite and is relatively unwatched by younger viewers. The stories are different but they share similarities, existentialism, abstract expressionism and both provoke and manipulate. They certainly see the world in a different way, the only difference is that DeLillo wasn't on drugs, he knows what he's saying as does Cronenberg. Cronenberg has taken another brave step in adapting this film which was always going to be misunderstood and dare I say poorly marketed. I have no doubt it's a future classic and a strong piece of intellectual thinking. I'm going to be honest though, it's at times a little dull and at times a lot dull but perseverance is key, the explosive scene of brilliantly written dialogue between Robert Pattinson and Paul Giamatti is great cinema and worth watching for alone. It is abstract but at the same time it's a very savvy look at society that is hard,and would be stupid to ignore. I dig it but it's all about the book for me, my rating is based on good acting, some smart visuals but mainly because of Cronenberg's balls/guts and original cinema.
Rock of Ages 2012,  PG-13)
All Is Bright 2013,  R)
The Congress 2014,  Unrated)
Turbo 2013,  PG)
Turbo is nonsense but it's likable enough for you not to want to go into the Garden with a bag of Salt. Turbo, a young Snail, dreams of becoming an Indy 500 champion and thanks to the miracle of bad science and the fact that somehow Mexicans speak Snail, he gets his chance. I like silly, so I have no problem with any of that, it's just the continuous message that these films like to dictate to our children that no matter how ridiculous your dream may seem, anything is achievable if you have faith, commitment, passion and belief in yourself. So enjoy with your kids but just make sure they don't jump out of the upstairs window with tea towels wrapped around their necks afterwards.
12 Years a Slave 2013,  R)
12 Years a Slave
Solomon Northup's story deserves to be told in all it's gory and uncomfortable glory. Steve McQueen understood this and directed a beautiful and harrowing film accordingly. There are many films about slavery but this is the only one I can think of that really tackles the true horror of what it must have been like for slaves at that time. Many had it worse and some of those stories we will never know, it is only thanks to Solomon's strength and intellect do we have this particular account. It's nice to see a film about slavery that isn't apologetic either. Sure, three white men did help Solomon escape slavery - their help should and is acknowledged but for the best part the white man was indeed nothing short of ignorant and cruel. This isn't just another 'White's helping blacks' schmaltzy melodrama. This upsets many and makes them feel uncomfortable. For that reason alone it should be applauded. The direction and performances are both superb, the production, costumes, script and soundtrack are all nothing short of brilliant. A future classic.
Parkland 2013,  PG-13)
Romeo and Juliet 2013,  PG-13)
Saving Mr. Banks 2013,  PG-13)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014,  PG-13)
Love & Mercy 2015,  Unrated)
The Little Prince 2015,  Unrated)

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