Vice (2018)
First screened in December 2018
Director: Adam McKay. Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Jesse Plemons, Sam Rockwell, Justin Kirk, Don McManus, Bill Camp, LisaGay Hamilton, Tyler Perry, Eddie Marsan, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Shea Whigham, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Bill Camp, John Hillner, Jillian Armenante, Terri Cavanaugh, Ptolemy Slocum, Stewart J. Zully, Alfred Molina, Naomi Watts. Screenplay: Adam McKay.

Twitter Capsule: Often wobbles or oversteps, but it's alive! Captures the steely monolith and the tacky messiness of the post-Watergate GOP.

Second Capsule: Would pair perfectly with Vox Lux as bold, garishly uneven, go-for-broke portraits of monsters formed by our specific historical conditions.

Third Capsule: Vice is a really good title, but only because Dick, American Psycho, and Heart of Darkness were already taken.

VOR:   I've heard the film described as pandering, but I don't see it taking many easy ways out or through. Uneven, sure, but firing on lots of angry cylinders.



Photo © 2018 Annapurna Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B


Academy Award Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Director: Adam McKay
Best Actor: Christian Bale
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell
Best Original Screenplay: Adam McKay
Best Film Editing: Hank Corwin
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Director: Adam McKay
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Christian Bale
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell
Best Screenplay: Adam McKay

Other Awards:
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Film Editing

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