Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar!

DVD - 2016
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Publisher: [Universal City, CA] : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, 2016
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: English, Spanish or French dialogue; Spanish or French subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH); English description audio track for people with visual disabilities


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Dec 31, 2017

If you don't try to compare this to some of the Coen Brothers other great films, this one holds up rather well. It's 1950s Hollywood and movie studio executive, Eddie Mannix (James Brolin), has a lot on his plate. Spoiler alert - one of his big stars, Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom by "Hollywood-10" type screenwriters. They "intellectualize" about their cause and Baird buys in, hook, line, and sinker. All is tongue-in-cheek here with Scarlett Johansson as a smart-mouthed Esther Williams type and Channing Tatum as swishy song and dance man turned Soviet sympathizer. Frances McDormand has a hilarious moment as film editor while showing dailies to Mannix. Mannix has a crisis of conscious which seems a bit forced as he goes regularly to confession, but it serves to give the movie meaning. Of course there is impeccable detail to time and place - the kind the brothers always deliver. This 2016 film serves as antidote to 2015's 'Trumbo' which takes a more serious look at the fallout that befell those who identified as communists in early Hollywood. Maybe I'm taking an intellectual leap here, but I think the brothers are saying - don't look to the group ("Study Group") to tell you how to see the world, instead, look inside yourself for the answers.

Nov 03, 2017


Oct 19, 2017

The Coen Brothers are pure geniuses when it comes to comedy. Hail, Caesar is my second favorite next to O Brother, Where Art Thou. I understood the plot perfectly: Eddie Mannix has his hands full trying to keep all the actors belonging to the movie studio in line while at the same time he's thinking about taking another job with more money and lesser hours. You get to see behind the scenes lunacy of yesteryear film making along with the recreation of all the different genres from cowboy to musical to Biblical Epic. There's nothing about this film I don't like. The casting was perfect, the comedy is the laugh-out-loud kind, and the creativity of the whole thing is majorly impressive. I'm buying a copy of my own as soon as I can!

Aug 28, 2017

Waste of time.

Aug 27, 2017

Pointless. Irritating.

Jul 22, 2017

It's not for everyone but I really enjoyed it. If you like irony and nuances this is for you.
Clooney plays the fool in this delightful commentary comedy.

Jul 14, 2017

De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum (Roughly translated, There is no disputing taste.) That said, I can see no point in watching this film.
An old bit of advice, If you can't say something nice, say nothing at all.

Jul 10, 2017

Into the pot, stir in some big names, snazzy setting, flashy dance numbers and wacky humour. It sure looks and smells good, but tastes a bit flat. Cheque, please.

Jun 27, 2017

Extremely dull, slow paced, with no real point. There's no message in the end, nor real explanation for half of what happens. A literal example of throwing famous people into minor spots in a movie just to sell it. Lots of characters just to fill time because there's no investment in any (even the main character was only partially developed). In summary, a waste of time.

Jun 26, 2017

I don't rate Hollywood product these days so I wasn't expecting much from this. I'm also not a big fan of the Coen Brothers, although I give them points for trying. (I did like Raising Arizona though.) But this was more entertaining than I expected. A satire on '50s Hollywood with its dumbo leading men and women, directors frustrated by dealing the those "actors" and communist intellectuals who found themselves writing scripts in that industry town. The best scene has Ralph Fiennes as a director, trying to get a performance out of a man who was, just the day before, a cowboy stuntman!

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Apr 13, 2017

Uh, is it hard to dance with all them bernanners on your head?

Aug 12, 2016

The "Hail, Caesar! critics part 1 of 2:
Now, "Hail, Caesar!" is a prestige picture; our biggest release of the year. We are devoting huge
resources to its production in order to make it first-class in every respect. Gentlemen, given it's enormous expense we don't want to send it to market except in the certainty that it will not offend any reasonable American, regardless of faith or creed. Now that's where you come in. You've read the script; I wanna know if the theological elements of the story are up to snuff
-Well. The nature of the Christ is not quite as simple ... as your photoplay would have it. ... It is not the case simply that Christ is God, or God Christ.
--You can say that again! The Nazarene was not God! He was not not-God. He was a man!

Aug 12, 2016

The "Hail, Caesar! critics part 2 of 2:
-It is the foundation of our belief that Christ is most properly referred to as the son of God. It is the son of God who takes the sins of the world upon himself so that the rest of God's children, we imperfect beings, through faith, may enter the kingdom of heaven.
So God is. . . split?
-Yes. And no. There is unity in division. And division in unity. ...
I'm not sure I follow, Padre.
-Young man, you don't follow for a very simple reason: these men are screwballs. God has children? What, and a dog? A collie maybe? God doesn't have children. He's a bachelor. And very angry.
-No, no. He used to be angry!
-What, he got over it?
-You worship the god of another age! Who has no love!
Not true! He likes Jews.
-God loves everyone! God is love. God is who is.
This is special? Who isn't who is?

Aug 12, 2016

Some good quotes in IMDb already except this quote on the movie scene "A Tale of the Christ:"
This man was giving water to all. He saw no Roman and he saw no slave. He saw only men. Weak men and gave suckle. He saw suffering which he sought to ease. He saw sin and gave love.
-Love, Autolochus?
He saw my own sin, Gracchus, and greed. But in his eyes, I saw no shadow of reproach. I saw only light. The light of god.
-You mean, of the gods.
I do not, friend Gracchus. This Hebrew is a son of the one God, the God of this far-flung tribe. Why shouldn't God's anointed appear here, among these strange people to shoulder their sins. Here, Gracchus. In this, sun-drenched land. Why should he not take this form. The form of an ordinary man. A man bringing us not the old truths. but a new one. A new truth. A truth beyond
the truth that we can see. A truth beyond this world. A truth told not in words but in light. A truth that we could see if we have but... if we have but...
-Cut. Cut! Faith.


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