Temple Grandin - Amazing! (spoilers)

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  1. BobB

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    I started watching this out of idle curiosity - autism interests me, in an abstract way - and got sucked in immediately. By turns painfully funny, breathtakingly insightful, and just plain painful, this story of a woman who broke barriers galore for the autistic (or, as she herself quite visually thinks of it, walked through doors) is a revelation in a quite literal sense of the word.

    Claire Danes deserves every award in the book for her performance, she is stunningly good, and practically unrecognizable as herself. In this article (http://beefmagazine.com/cowcalfweekly/1031-temple-grandin-hbo-biopic/ ) in, of all things, Beef Magazine (don't laugh, you'll find out why when you watch it), Grandin's present-day assistant says the performance is so spot-on it gives him goosebumps.

    You HAVE to see this!
     
  2. wendiness1

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    Is this an ongoing series or a made-for-TV movie?

    I heard Temple speak at a book store awhile back. Everybody wanted to ask her about autism and she wanted to speak about animals.

    Her mother was the guest speaker at a conference for parents of children with disabilities and I got to know her. Very interesting story.
     
  3. MikeAndrews

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    It's a one-time event movie. Being HBO they're showing it lotsa times....and just as I was about to call to cancel HBO.

    I heard Temple on Fresh Air a few times. It is a fascinating story.
     
  4. wendiness1

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    Well, nuts. I don't get HBO. Do they usually sell it on DVD eventually?
     
  5. terpfan1980

    terpfan1980 It's Just TV TCF Club

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    Yes, eventually HBO will have it on DVD. It's a matter of when... just be patient and hopefully someone will hype the DVD release when it's out.


    I've not yet watched this but I do have it recorded for watching. My wife would definitely have been watching it live when it aired as she was fascinated with Autism. I expect it will be very, very good and just need to make the time to sit and watch it.
     
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    I had never heard of Temple Grandin before this movie, but it was exceptional, and Claire Daines gave an outstanding performance.
     
  8. scooterboy

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    I'm almost to the end of it, and I agree - Danes does an excellent job.

    Who doesn't love an underdog story? :)
     
  9. efilippi

    efilippi Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I got the heads-up on this show from a story in the WSJ the weekend before it aired. As others have said, excellent.

    I find HBO consistently does things like this and I can't imagine dropping the HBO/Showtime pair from my cable lineup. Well worth my money.
     
  10. 5thcrewman

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    I liked this show and thought Danes nailed Grandin exactly.
    I also liked Catherine O'Hara as her Aunt Ann.
     
  11. TiVo'Brien

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    Excellent story and brilliantly acted.

    I need a hug machine, too. :p
     
  12. jamesbobo

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    I enjoyed the movie, but am I the only one who thought some of her expressions and mannerisms made her look like Harpo Marx?
     
  13. BeanMeScot

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    I saw it at a screening a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was great as well. Danes should get an Emmy for it.
     
  14. PKurmas

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    I thought the mannerisms were spot on. I have a 14 year old daughter who has Asperger's Syndrome (among other issues) and thought that Claire Danes did an incredible job physically and verbally reproducing the behavior of an autistic/Asperger's teenager/young adult. I can just wish my daughter to be as successful as Ms. Grandin has been in her life...
     
  15. LlamaLarry

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    Different, not less.
     
  16. DaveBogart

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    This really is an amazing story. Lately I find myself drawn more to movies based on real life and to documentaries because I figure if somebody's going to take the time to tell a real story there must be something compelling about it. So when I saw in the show description that it was based on a real person I didn't hesitate to record it.
     
  17. dbranco

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    Loved this movie - agree Claire Danes deserves an award for her performance.

    In OnDemand there was a "Making Of", and Temple herself said that she watched the performance and saw herself 100%.

    Click here for "A conversation with Temple Grandin":
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKSDSblPMpA
     
  18. Efranzen

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    I tend to be the same way, even if it's a subject matter I know little about or am not particularly interested in. I think it helps to expand your horizons and views on the world.

    I'm a big fan of HBO produced movies/series in general and I think Temple Grandin was particularly well done. I even heard 3 people talking about it after the premier at work, and nobody had been planning on watching it. They all caught it by accident and were completely drawn in.
     
  19. TiVo'Brien

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    Pretty cool. It was like seeing the movie character again. :)
     
  20. Dawghows

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    Generally when I hear the term "biopic" it makes me want to avoid a movie at all costs. But we watched this because some of the techniques we use to train our dogs were pioneered by Temple Grandin, and/or extrapolated from her work. Anyway, barely five minutes in we were COMPLETELY sucked into it. Great story, great performances, great production values -- everything about it was compelling.
     

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