Posts Tagged ‘Bernie’

Bernie Update: the Movie and Character

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

There are many glowing reviews of this fine movie since we last reviewed this well made movie.  Lou Holman of Arts Atlanta nailed the character Bernie in its review of the movie Bernie.  As he so aptly states in his review, “Bernie touches on the paradox of how a town of churchgoing conservatives can embrace a confirmed bachelor with a lilting voice, a penchant for musical theater and no interest in dating eligible women his age. As long as gay people remain entirely closeted, they can be pillars of a certain kind of community. Southern hospitality and “don’t ask, don’t tell” can blur into each other.”  Some of the comments on Rotten Tomatoes about the character, Bernie, were on target.  “As Bernie, Jack Black is about as reined-in as you’ll see him. Effeminate, emotional, generous and cuddly, he’s easy to root for when push comes to shooting.” said Chris Foran of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, or this, “With facts that are stranger than fiction and a story surrounding a murder that is often played as dark comedy, Bernie exists somewhere between an Errol Morris documentary and Fargo.” stated Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Movie: Reflections on Cinema.  Bernie is a wonderfully directed and acted movie and worth the view.

Movie Review: Bernie

Posted by    |    July 1st, 2012 at 2:00 pm

SPOILER ALERT:  READ NO FURTHER IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW THE MOVIE PLOT.

Bernie, based on a Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth and directed by Richard Linklater, is about the 1997 murder of Marjorie Nugent, a rich and mean spirited woman from Carthage, Texas, by a mortician named Bernie Tiede.  Tiede is played by Jack Black and Mrs. Nugent is played by Shirley MacLaine. There is a lot to talk about with this movie, but we will focus this review primarily on Black’s portrayal of Tiede.

Bernie is an assistant funeral director with a way of making everybody feel special. He teaches Sunday school and sings at church services, comforts widows and people (mainly women) in times of need, directs and stars in musicals, and is completely servant hearted. The people in Carthage, Texas loved him.

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