Posts Tagged ‘Film’

“Stop-Loss”

April 5, 2008

Stop-Loss

Can a person dislike a movie that has it’s heart in exactly the right place? I’m so middle ground with Kimberly Pierce’s Stop-Loss that I can’t say that I hated it, but I can’t say I loved it. And since the movie is almost like a patchwork quilt of scenes sewn together, sometimes awkwardly and without the logic and flow of a story or theme, I ended up loving parts and then watching the wall of the theatre during other parts. Really, watching the wall.

The film follows a lot of the best of the best as they finish their tours in Iraq and find out that fitting in at home is near impossible. Home being Texas, and they don’t hold back in letting you know that these are good ol’ boys. The leader of this handsome bunch is Brandon King, played by an adequate Ryan Phillippe, who finds out that his tour isn’t done. He’s been Stop-Lossed. Basically this is a way for the government to get their trained soldiers back into the line of fire during a time of war because army recruits aren’t signing up like they used to. Only…the war is over. How can they get away with this? By not drawing attention to it.

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“The Ruins”: I guess we didn’t need the sunblock.

April 5, 2008

The Ruins

Gooey. That’s how I felt after reading the book and it’s how I felt after watching the movie. This isn’t to say that The Ruins a novel by Scott Smith (writer of the brilliant A Simple Plan), who also wrote the screenplay of both films, is a simple splatter movie. On the contrary, it’s a dissection of the main characters (both figuratively and literally).

4 American early twenty somethings who have not a care in their lives and if they do they find a way to distract themselves rather than deal with it, find themselves in a dilemma in which they are forced to deal with something, that’s really quite horrific and unexpected, that pushes them all to the edge of their personalities and they end up doing more harm to each other than the incredibly deliberate something that they have to deal with in this film. You know they’re in for a bad time when “excavation site” and “not on the map” fall within a few sentences of each other. (more…)

More Websites: You Mean I Can Watch Everything On-Line?

April 3, 2008

Browsing through the list of free movies and television shows gave me serious chills just now.What really, free movies and television shows? Did you just say that Uncle Phillip?

Why yes internet fledglings, yes I did.

But what’s the name of the website, Uncle Phillip?

Well, it’s… (more…)

“Snow Angels”: The Cost of Order, the Beauty of Tragedy

April 2, 2008

Snow Angels

It’s not often that I walk away from a movie respecting every party involved more than I did walking in. I can’t pick out one thing about this movie that I wasn’t at least highly impressed with.

Snow Angels is the first David Gordon Green film I’ve seen and now I want to see the rest. He’s a filmmaker that doesn’t only understand the necessity of storytelling, but understands film technique to it’s core. I want to start with the story but to give away even a modicum of information would be to destroy the lushness of the characters and their lives in this film.

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“The Spiderwick Chronicles”

April 2, 2008

The Spiderwick Chronicles

If I was a child, say around the age of 13, I would have absolutely without hindrance loved every second of The Spiderwick Chronicles. Some reviews have labeled it as scary and frightening, but what it really is, is exhilarating. I recalled my first experience watching Gremlins at the movie theatre. It was 1984, I was 6. I was frightened but enthralled. Since then films of fantasy and adventure have blazed a trail into my memory banks, from The Never Ending Story to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This means that very little is surprising anymore in the ways of children’s fantasy, or any fantasy at all, and most of it isn’t very inspired.

The Spiderwick Chronicles doesn’t tread upon new water, but it does tread upon old water with wit, thrills and surprising emotional depth. And I realized about half way through if you put aside the fact that you’ve seen much of it before and view it as if it’s your first fantasy movie ever it’s a story that’s easily enjoyed and that ends up finding some magic all of it’s own. Cynics beware, there’s no room for you at this movie. (more…)

10,000 B.C, Vantage Point, Semi-Pro: Getting My Toes Wet

March 31, 2008

10,000 BC Chase

For the last few months I’ve been involved in two things that have been destroying any chance to break free and blog: getting a new theatre company up off the ground called Theatre Unleashed – they actually made the mistake of voting me in as Artistic Director. I’m a democratic leader.

I’m certain as I continue to forage the paths of creative ways to present theatre to Los Angeles I will be blogging here. I will also put a link up to the President’s Blog and our own Theatre Unleashed blog shortly. It’s keeping me extremely busy, but it’s also giving me the opportunity to not only expand my own opportunities as an artist (i.e. actor, writer – in fact I’ve written my first stage play that will be performed for our first group of one acts in June) but to nurture other people’s art, which is almost just as exciting.

If my thoughts don’t always seem as precise as they have in the past it’s because I’ve had a stress induced headache for about two weeks now.

Oh! The second thing is a business I’m starting up, which I’m one third of the ownership and staff video editor. Unfortunately our Panasonic camera continues to fail us and we have to take it in for a third repair. Things are happening to this camera that have never happened to any camera of it’s kind. I am cursed when it comes to making money.

Stress.

So here I am finally blogging again, I’ve gotten the chance to see a film that has inspired me to write, but I won’t be writing about that in this blog. I feel it’s only fair to quickly take note of the rubbish I’ve managed to see since The Spiderwick Chronicles, which was quite good, and there’s a blog in the wings to finish about that. (more…)