Beatty’s pas­sion project ‘Rules Don’t Ap­ply’ ex­plores Hughes

Austin American-Statesman - - THE PLANNER - By Matt Shiverdecker Spe­cial to the Amer­i­can-States­man

Here’s a look at an in­ter­est­ing new re­lease avail­able to rent from ca­ble and dig­i­tal providers and a ti­tle that recently be­came avail­able for stream­ing

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‘Rules Don’t Ap­ply”: War­ren Beatty earned more press for the re­cent mishap while pre­sent­ing at the Os­cars than he did for his first fea­ture film as di­rec­tor since 1998. He’d been want­ing to make a movie about Howard Hughes for over 40 years and was beat to the big screen by Martin Scors­ese, who made “The Avi­a­tor” with Leonardo DiCaprio well over a decade ago. Beatty gives an ex­cep­tional per­for­mance as Hughes, the wildly ec­cen­tric bil­lion­aire ob­sessed with beau­ti­ful star­lets and avi­a­tion. The sto­ry­line swings be­tween 1958 and 1964, and we see Hughes while he’s run­ning the TWA air­line and si­mul­ta­ne­ously keep­ing a bevy of young beau­ties on his pay­roll to po­ten­tially star in the pic­tures he is fund­ing at RKO. Lily Collins was nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe for her role as a de­voutly reli­gious girl from Vir­ginia who turns up in Tin­sel­town un­der con­tract to Hughes hop­ing for her shot at star­dom. Alden Ehren­re­ich (“Hail, Cae­sar!”) plays her per­sonal chauf­feur who breaks the golden rule about frat­er­niza­tion. Beatty em­ploys some clever old­school film­mak­ing tech­niques of the era he is de­pict­ing, in­clud­ing very spe­cific light­ing and driv­ing scenes with rear pro­jec­tion. Thanks in large part to a sup­port­ing cast that in­cludes Matthew Brod­er­ick, Candice Ber­gen, An­nette Ben­ing, Alec Bald­win, Ed Har­ris, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen, there are many charm­ing mo­ments with a few big laughs that sur­prised me. The big­gest prob­lem is that it si­mul­ta­ne­ously feels too long and too short. There is a lot go­ing on and, es­pe­cially in the first half of the story, there is an over­abun­dance of quick cut­away shots that feel rushed. When the end ti­tles re­vealed four cred­ited edi­tors, I couldn’t help but won­der how much things evolved be­fore re­lease and if it was ul­ti­mately tin­kered with so much that an in­ter­est­ing movie could’ve be­come a great one. (Ca­ble and dig­i­tal VOD)

Also on stream­ing ser­vices

“Cap­tain Fan­tas­tic”: Matt Ross won the Un Cer­tain Re­gard prize for best di­rec­tor at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val last year with this com­pelling story about a fam­ily liv­ing off the grid in the Pa­cific North­west. Viggo Mortensen was nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award for his role as a fa­ther of six whose life is for­ever changed af­ter the death of his wife. Her loss pulls the fam­ily out of the woods and into a harsh re­al­ity. The cast of pre­dom­i­nately un­known young ac­tors who play his chil­dren are re­mark­able. The film nav­i­gates dif­fi­cult top­ics with re­fresh­ing hon­esty, and by the end you should be pre­pared for plenty of tears. (Ama­zon Prime)


Watch the an­i­mated film “The Triplets of Belleville” while the orig­i­nal com­poser for the film leads a live sym­phony per­form­ing the mu­sic.


War­ren Beatty stars in “Rules Don’t Ap­ply.”

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