"…it actually encourages us to let our brains go. It wants us to listen to one singular voice and let our hearts and souls go to places we only see in our dreams, and get in touch with feelings we only feel when we are being nakedly honest…”
KHALIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET…
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"…You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to."
Everybody believes that they have the right answer. Sit in any diner on a Sunday morning, or any bar after a workday and you can hear conversation after conversation where people outline the tough situations they face. It could be something happening in their office, or something happening in the world at-large. So many of them believe that they know what needs to be done, and that if they had it their way, the world would be so much better off. What happens when these patrons of diners and bars get put into position of power…when their conflicting solutions put real lives in the balance?
Full Review - ★ ★ ★out of ★ ★ ★ ★
“Ten years ago, a movie struck a chord with me. It spoke about how “growing up” continues well into our twenties and how we can sometimes find ourselves out-of-place in that time. It was quirky and cute, but came built with a high degree of honesty. I’ve never stopped liking that film, but in recent years discovered that I had outgrown it…mostly because I am ten years older and don’t feel the way I did in my mid-twenties.
This summer, that film has brought forth what is being called a “spiritual sequel”. One wonders if a story that’s ten years older should still focus on the feeling of being out-of-place?…”
Full Review - ★ ★ out of ★ ★ ★ ★
Matineecast Episode 117…
Andrew James drops by to discuss BOYHOOD. Give a listen
"…SNOWPIERCER dares to do more. It easily could have leaned back on its haunches and settled on being just a movie about a brawl on a train. However, by painting its picture in the colours of the class divide, the movie gains a resonance that most summer action flicks sorely miss. The funny thing about that resonance, is that we often forget we’re missing it since so many action flicks sidestep it completely. It’s almost happening so frequently that audiences don’t know what they’re missing out on.
Full Review - ★ ★ ★ 1/2out of ★ ★ ★ ★
"…it makes us remember what our parents told us when we were small. It’s tangible in the way our children asked us harder questions when they got tall. It understands that while none of us will ever know what it feels like to flee a giant lizard or fly a mighty dragon, that we have all looked at a beautiful person of the opposite sex and wanted to kiss them. We’ve all wanted to be better than our parents, and ultimately end up turning into them. It took a real boy’s life and grafted it on to a fictional boy’s life, but made it so very hard to tell one from the other…the very way many of us want to be one thing when we’re young but turn into something else. That’s what few films before it have done, and that’s what few films after it may ever do again.”
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When the film begins and skips through that bleak decade worth of events, ones first inclination is to think about what happened to humanity in those ten bleak years, and whether there might have perhaps been a movie to be told. While there may have been merit in seeing the fall of western civilization, we realize that we’ve seen that movie several times. It’s been told many different ways on many different days, always involving violence, deceit, famine, selfishness, ruthlessness, and death. It is sparked by someone doing something self-serving and stupid, and made infinitely worse when the rest of us submit to panic. In this movie, one by one, society becomes less human than human, and makes a terrible situation infinitely worse…
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