Thursday, July 4, 2013

Monster



2003 American/German Feature

Cast: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley and Pruitt Taylor Vince
Writer/Director: Patty Jenkins

Synopsis:
The true story of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who became America's most notorious female serial killer.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 82% / Audience: 77%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 74% / Audience: 6.8%
  • OMG rating: 9 /10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Actress (Theron).
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress (Theron).
  • Berlin International Film Festival Silver Berlin Bear Award for Best Actress (Theron).
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (Theron).
  • Casting Society of America Award for Best Casting for Feature Film, Independent.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Drama (Theron).
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature and Actress (Theron); also nominated for Best First Screenplay.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (Theron).
  • National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actress (Theron).
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (Theron).
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Theron).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Aileen Wuornos, a notoriously uncooperative person, gave director Patty Jenkins access to hundreds of letters she had written and received in order to gain insight into Aileen's life.
  • Casting Call: Kate Hudson and Kate Winslet.
  • Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds and wore prosthetic teeth to transform herself into Aileen Wuornos.
  • Christina Ricci's character Selby Wall is based on Aileen Wuornos' lover Tyria Moore.
  • The biker bar scenes were filmed at The Last Resort, a bar frequented by the real life Aileen Wuornos and the site where she was actually arrested.
  • Charlize Theron won the Academy Award on February 29, 2004, which would have been Aileen Wuornos's 48th birthday.
  • The 1992 made for television movie Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story, starring Jean Smart as Wuornos and Park Overall as Tyria Moore, toned down both the violence of the crimes and the lesbian relationship.

Related Movies:
  • Aileen Wuornos is the subject of two documentaries directed by Nick Broomfield, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer and Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.

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