A few words about ANGELS IN AMERICA (put it on your MUST SEE list!)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Ronald Epstein

    Angels In America became the most talked about
    television event of the past year. I know this because
    with as much as television I don't watch, I could not
    avoid the praises being given to this miniseries by
    critics everywhere.

    It was something I knew sooner or later I would have
    to watch.

    Amazingly, HBO sent me a screener copy a few weeks ago.

    After immersing myself in this 6-hour miniseries over
    the course of two days I have some opinions of what
    I saw....

    To begin, I think the acting performances by the
    cast ensemble is outstanding -- mostly thanks to the
    film's brilliant script and direction under
    Mike Nichols (The Graduate). You can't possibly
    go wrong with a cast that includes Meryl Streep,
    Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker and Al Pacino.

    Speaking of Al Pacino, I think this is the finest
    performance I have seen from the actor to date.

    As superb a miniseries this was, the only stumbling
    block I found with this movie was its subject matter
    which is set in the mid 1980s and deals with people
    affected by the AIDS virus.

    I don't consider myself to be homophobic, but it
    is a bit difficult to watch a film that so vividly
    portrays gay lifestyles including a shocking
    sexual encounter in a city park. I think any
    heterosexual who watches this sort of material
    being so blatantly presented to them in this manner
    is naturally going to cringe.

    Still, I was oddly intrigued by Angels in America,
    a well-crafted film with dialogue and performances that
    are nothing short of top-notch. This is one of those
    rare films that manages to captivate its viewers
    on acting alone. I found it very difficult to walk away
    from this series for any prolonged period of time.

    Despite your personal feelings towards the subject
    matter this is a miniseries that should be placed
    at the top of your "must see" list. It is a viewing
    experience that you will soon not forget.
  2. Steve Phillips

    Steve Phillips Screenwriter

    Jan 18, 2002
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    I found the acting to be superb, but the movie (and the play before it) is far too pretentious for its own good.

    I wasn't shocked or upset by the subject matter.

    I wouldn't recommend this to anyone other than fans of the actors.

    I'd recommend LATTER DAYS instead. It is far more entertaining and less self important.

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