Thursday, February 09, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Films About Geniuses/Prodigies
For the second week of February 2017 of the Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We venture into films about geniuses and prodigies. Individuals who are gifted as they have a unique way of seeing the world but also offer something that could help the world or destroy it.
Milos Forman’s award-winning film is one of the rare Best Picture winners that really deserves all of its accolades and more as it is about the genius and eccentricity of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It’s a very unconventional bio-pic that tells the story of a man who likes to be a buffoon and the rival who hates but respect him as it is told from the latter’s perspective. With Tom Hulce in the role of Amadeus and F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri, it is a film that has a lot to offer and more as it is just fun and enthralling in every way.
2. Real Genius
Martha Coolidge’s 80s sci-fi comedy definitely one of the finest films of the 1980s as it revolves around geniuses and how weird they are. While it revolves a group of college kids at a technical school trying to create a laser unaware of its professor’s intentions. It is a film that play into the life of these kids who are quite odd as it react to everything that is often stereotypical of nerds and geniuses with Val Kilmer, in his breakthrough performance, playing someone who wants to enjoy life as he guides a fifteen-year-old freshman to see there’s more to life than just being smart and do things.
3. Bobby Fischer Against the World
There’s prodigies and geniuses who are quite odd and weird but in a good way and then there’s Bobby Fischer. Liz Garbus’ documentary on the chess prodigy is a unique one as it play into individuals who were obsessed in playing the game and how they lose touch with reality as Fischer would be the most notorious. The film is a fascinating documentary on the man and those who knew him as they would be shocked by what had happened to him after his legendary 1972 game against Boris Spassky as he became insane, prejudiced, and all sorts of things that culminated with his death in 2008.
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