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Threw me harder than Sixth Sense
I am one of those people who can figure out the ending of a film. I saw the ending, well partially of Birdman. I don't know how many times a TV show has told me who the bad guy is or the guilty party because if you pay attention the clues are in the story. But this film, threw me off. I like horror, but not to violent or graphic. there is some nudity in this piece but suggestive, like the nudity in Underworld. As to violence it is horror, but part of the story, not just for the sake of the violence. the best part of the film is figuring out at the end what is really going on. And I can't give you a clue, because it would ruin it for you. Don't tell. Seriously, DON'T. The Candy man may find you. Or IMDb will BAN YOU.
Another cool thing about the film is that it kind of shows you how Horror films are made in an indirect way. It is part of the story. I learned some things I did not know despite having had extensive experience on sets.
The Director by the way is really nice and now I know is a really a good actor and really a good film maker. this is the second film I have seen by him. 108 Stitches is a Comedy worth seeing as well. Join STAGE 32.
Hidden Hills (2013)
If you are for tolerance or want to understand a different view
I am going to try to right this without being a spoiler but I have to say that this film turns the whole gay intolerance and straight issue on its head. Imagine a world where dating the same gender or race were wrong. Im a straight female and I have experienced prejudice because people assume I am gay because I love acting, and because I would prefer not a gay man, but one who has EMPATHY for others. Which is not something we are teaching in a society driven so much by money and career and pushing people to chose the course that makes the most money instead of choosing the course that gives the most gratification in the heart department.
I've experienced prejudice myself for being a straight woman by people in the gay community. Just the other day I was on an escalator and someone stopped it, not me, but a group of gay guys turned around and said the bitch stopped it looking right at me, the token white girl at the bottom of the escalator. They did not think it was the attractive athelic blond guy also standing at the end of the escalator.
This film makes you think how odd our view of the world is, or perhaps it turns the gay questions of prejudice around so you see how odd it is from their view. How ignorant is it that to prove you are not prejudice you would have to date someone of another race or well be seen as strange for your own choices where love is concerned. And don't assume that those choices means love does not exist or standards of decency and also well loyalty don't exist either. We live in a world where well you can be a louse to someone gay, straight, or what ever you are. Love is found in making choices to be with a person on the grounds of friendship, trust, respect, and well watch the film.
I give it a nine only because I wish they had the budget to go all the way with the quality of the recording and picture. the sound seemed way to loud or well it was off to me. The quality of the film also is taped to appear very 1960s but then maybe that was the intent. It was funny but then I have made film and I kind of kept thinking I wanted to fix it in post, also I did watch it on you tube.
I should also add I know Stephen Foster who is in the cast, so I may be biased.
I worked on this. But I've seen it and am so impressed with the special effects and the image quality and the acting. It is studio quality work and a really interesting story. I love it when someone takes real history and crafts it into a film in a manner that reminds people of where things began. We would not have the telephone if it were not for the events of the past, and it began with a little device known as the telegraph.
I would also watch all of those involved with this in the future. The work done on this is so impressive I expect their next projects will not disappoint anyone. There is a reason this little gem won n award.
(PS You don't really see me though i am there. I found out that you can't even be featured unless a dramatic series for SAG without getting paid or being UNION. Kind of sucks.)
Prayers for Bobby (2009)
A movie for anyone who has felt misunderstood or alone.
Have you ever felt like you did not fit in? Have you ever had your parents not accept something about you? If you think you can not get this movie or understand and you are straight, think again. I am straight, but this film reminded me of all the times in my life I did not feel wanted or as though I fit in. I've spent the last year of my life fighting for the one place on the planet I felt like I belonged, and the one industry I felt I fit into. Have you ever had to fight to be? Have you ever had to stand up for something you believe in? Have you ever thought you were right about a belief and then discovered how wrong you were? Have you ever judged someone by ignorant standards, only to realize you were wrong? Are you part of a minority that has been persecuted and degraded? If any of this applies to you, see this film. It is more than just a movie about homosexuality. It is a film about people, family, love, friendship, and understanding. And if you are someone who thinks that homosexuals are evil, I dare you to watch this film.