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13 01 2014

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We just watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty tonight after work. It was the perfect film to end a Monday: lots of wide, sweeping shots, a perfectly planned soundtrack, and the story of a man leaving behind his desk and heading into the unknown adventure of life.

I loved it.

This was just one of the many movies we’ll watch this season in preparation for the Oscar’s in March (nothing has been officially nominated, so we’re going off of hearsay and speculation), but I loved it for its simplicity and hope.

I would recommend going to see this while it’s still in theaters. True, those shots will be amazing on the home screen too, but there is something about the expanse of the theater, and their sound system, that brings out the beauty of this film and lets you fully appreciate the magnificence of the places where it was made.

Here is one of the songs from the film that I rather liked, by Junip.





The Hunger Games Review… a day late, a dollar short (unless you’re talking movie tickets, then it’s always a dollar more than you expect).

24 03 2012

You could cut the tension and teen hormones with a knife. As the minutes tick down to midnight, voices become more urgent and laughter reaches a higher pitch. The lights fade and cheers erupt.

 
“Ladies and gentlemen, let the 74th Hunger Games begin!”

 
The adaption of Suzanne Collin’s teen novel, The Hunger Games, was released today in the wee hours of the morning to a faithful crowd of teens and adults, drawing the largest collection of braids and boots I’ve ever seen.

The movie follows relatively closely to the book, which tells the story of a young girl growing up in a dystopian society, where every year the 12 Districts of the country of Panem must each provide two tributes, one male, one female, to the Capitol. These tributes, children between the ages of 12 and 18, must then fight to the death in a modern gladiator setting – with only one victor remaining.

The film features strong acting and relatively mild violence. The violent deaths of the book are well-concealed, but seeing children killing other children is still numbing. The continuity between the book and film adaption is commendable, the only real loss is the reader’s insight into the feelings and emotions of the main character, Katniss. There also seems to be a missed opportunity in the film, where the potential to provide a visual of the emotional toll the Hunger Games takes on its participants is not fully fleshed out.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who has read the books, those who haven’t, adults, and mature children over the age of 12, as some of the scenes could be too much for younger children.

This movie has the potential for great discussions at the end, not just about the obvious book vs. movie argument, but also about the deeper themes of family, the role of the state in the lives of its citizens, and the morality of a people who could support such cruel entertainment (what is the possibility/reality of this in our lives, etc.). Enjoy the movie, and may the odds be ever in your favor!





Super 8 Review

30 06 2011

Below is a review of Super 8, which was published in the Gilsbar, Inc. bi-weekly newsletter. Pretty big deal my friends, this girl is going places. Haha!

Really though, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, read the below, go see it, and then let me know I changed your mind. Or don’t, but go see it either way, you won’t regret it.

Super 8, starring Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and a lovable cast of ragamuffin kids, brings to mind all of the best of Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. Super 8 follows a group of young friends as they spend their summer making a movie on Super 8 film, called The Case. This hilarious film-within-a-film takes these friends throughout their small town, and puts them in the middle of an adventure they never could have expected.

While this summer’s next big hit is in a lot of ways similar to other summer hits from years past, it does a good job focusing on the relationships between the characters without getting too wrapped up in the action. I would highly recommend this movie to film fans of all ages (though I wouldn’t bring a child under the age of 13, as some of the action is intense). If you’ve ever felt nostalgic for movies of your youth and miss the excitement of a good old-fashioned summer, than Super 8 is the film for you.