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Magical!, 4 December 2006

Alright, I'll be the first to admit it; "Mary Poppins" is a fluffy, bouncy, family musical... but never will you find such an outstanding fluffy, bouncy, family musical! "Poppins" is a pure delight, adapted from the famed P.L. Travers character and portrayed by the charming Julie Andrews (for which she won her Academy Award), along with a superb cast, including David Tomlinson and the oh-so-versatile Dick Van Dyke.

It's hard to find fault with this picture. The sets and costumes are gorgeous, the songs and score are irresistible, crisply edited with smartly-used visual effects, and beyond all that it speaks the importance of family and love, simple things that seem to be easily forgotten nowadays.

Considerred Walt Disney's single greatest cinematic accomplishment, "Mary Poppins" is supercalifragilisticexpialadocious fun for everyone!

Gandhi (1982)
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Remarkable!, 4 December 2006

One could read textbooks and essays to find out all there is to know about Gandhi, but one may never really "know" what he did until watching this film. "Gandhi" is the epic true story of an Indian lawyer who took up the political battle against British rule in India by civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance, a method that emphasizes peaceful resolution as opposed to aggressive lawlessness.

Not always an easy film to watch, but a very necessary film to watch. Director Richard Attenborough paints an elaborate picture about where mankind's been, and what it's done, and where it's going. It is a picture that must be studied closely if we're ever to figure out how to attain peace on this planet, one of the ideals for which Gandhi "fought".

Strikingly powerful and inspired, "Gandhi" holds the key to humanity's future; a key that is yet to be found.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Classic to-be., 4 December 2006

"Finding Neverland" is easily the most imaginative and splendid film of the new millennium. Touching, fun-filled, with a lovely score and creative photography.

Tracing the exciting fantasies of British playwright J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) and four young boys who inspire him to write what would become the timeless masterpiece, "Peter Pan", the film not only creates a vividly colourful new world inside the imagination of Barrie, but pulls the audience inside, inviting them to imagine at the same time.

Wonderfuly acted and refreshingly brief, "Finding Neverland" is a marvelous must-see for the entire family. You'd better believe it!

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Unsung masterpiece, 4 December 2006

At the 71st Annual Academy Awards in 1999, Jim Carey jokingly expressed his woe and despair for not receiving and acting nomination for his performance in "The Truman Show". Humorous and good-natured as it was, I would not have been surprised if he actually felt that way, and furthermore, he would be right to. His portrayal of a man trapped within his own perception of reality was more than deserving of a nomination, and leads us once again to the age-old debate of the academy and its low success rate of selecting the most appropriate nominees and winners.

Take a closer look and you'll realize that the same lack of attention from the academy applies to the whole film, let alone Carey. "The Truman Show" is one of the most stunningly original and creative films of the nineties; A clever satire, loaded with sharp wit and genuine drama from a carefully selected cast. If it has any flaw, it may be that it was too much of a clever satire, flying over the heads of an audience which was strongly infatuated with "reality" television.

Still, for the picture's innovation and genius to be overlooked by the academy, which seems to be lost in its own perception of reality, is inexcusable and unfair, especially for Jim Carey, who may never get another opportunity like this again.

Intriguing and compelling, "The Truman Show" deserved more respect than it got, and still does today.

Important to watch., 4 December 2006

It's easy to recognize the cinematic brilliance of "Dead Poets Society". The script is dripping with insightful dialog and dramatic nuance, and director Peter Weir drew out distinctly emotional performances from his entire cast, particularly Robin Williams, who has never given a finer performance. That's all easy to observe. What's less apparent but definitely there is the importance of this film with respect to our daily lives. This picture does not exist solely for the purpose to entertain (which it does manage to do fantastically), but also to stress the influence of both conformity and individuality on one's life.

The story tracks the events of a group of students of a New England boarding school. The boys are inspired by the powerful example of their English teacher and free spirit, John Keating (Williams), to initiate a secret club that sneaks off to read poetry in the woods after hours. Be not fooled by this seemingly hokey premise. As the boys become engulfed by their new-found sense of nonconformity, so will you become engulfed by the story and its characters.

But only once film is finished will you appreciate how precious your individuality is, and just how much some have to sacrifice to attain theirs.

Whether you're a conscious individual, someone struggling to find their own voice, or just have a real passion for great poetry, it is doubtless that the message of "Dead Poets Society" is one that can speak to you.

Carpe Diem!

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Masterpiece., 4 December 2006

My heart did back flips when I discovered that "The Shawshank Redemption" had been rated the #2 movie overall by users of the IMDb. There is little that can parallel my satisfaction of knowing that the viewing public can still tell excellent film when they see it, despite dangerous competition with other pictures of its time. Particularly in a year (1994) which saw the release of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction", family-friendly blockbuster "The Lion King", and the now-immortal "Forrest Gump" (all of which are, indeed, outstanding films) it would have been easy for "Shawshank" to glide under the radar of North American audiences of the time, and of future years. Yet here it stands, one of the most widely recognized and highly praised movies of the century.

But why? What of the films like "Forrest Gump", "The Lion King", and "Pulp Fiction"? How has "The Shawshank Redemption" stood stronger against the test of time than its award-sweeping, box office-smashing contemporaries? Much of the credit goes to writer Frank Darabont, whose screen adaptation of Stephen King's short story assembles the plot of the film in such a way, that this movie gets better and better every time you watch it, while all the time spelling out an inspiring and important message of hope and, as the titles indicates, redemption.

Brought to life by a stellar cast and splendid cinematography, "The Shawshank Redemption" is proof that given the time, the cream always rises to the top.