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Love Child (2014)
A Warning To All Of Us About Internet Addiction
This is the story of a South Korean couple who left their newborn baby unattended for hours at a time on a daily basis while they played online games in an internet parlor. This is a story which is worth learning about.
The movie, however, is poorly edited. There is lengthy boring footage of video games, and worse, meandering, meaningless sequences of random people doing irrelevant things, none of which are germane to the story.
Still worth watching as an important cautionary tale. This legal case has made history due to it being the first of its kind--internet addiction actually causing a fatality. Laws have been passed and new methods devised for dealing with this relatively recent form of addiction.
Another criticism I have is that "internet addiction" must surely be a secondary diagnosis to a more serious problem. I wish this had been addressed more fully.
Taare Zameen Par (2007)
While I applaud the director for tackling the subject of learning disabilities, the movie was totally black/white and not realistic. It is ridiculous to suggest that none of this boy's teachers has a clue what is wrong with him, and only the saintly art teacher can figure it all out. This might be a good movie for children, but the overly simplistic and predictable storyline did not keep my interest. The music was good; it appears that this production was a labor of love for the director, and I think it is a fine introduction to the topic of dyslexia, but I could not get past the rags-to-riches aspect which is not at all true to life.
Picking Up the Pieces (2000)
I Guess I'm In The Minority
I am surprised at what poor reviews this film has gotten. I myself liked it very much.
It's very irreverent, very politically incorrect, and I can see where it would offend a lot of people. However, I didn't think it was mean-spirited at all, and it encourages us to think about our faith and what spirituality means to us.
I enjoyed seeing Woody Allen out of his comfort zone--wearing Western clothes, and as a character named "Tex"--and, although I am sure that this film didn't make much money, I thought it was adorable.
I hesitate to recommend it, though, since it is a very very dark comedy. One of the cast members (I think Fran Drescher) compared it to "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World." I would definitely avoid it if you're offended by anyone poking fun at religion.
Death: A Love Story (1999)
A Very Touching Film
I admire the individuals in this film very much. It was very brave of Michelle and Mel to videotape Mel's battle with cancer, even though Mel did not know at the time that it would be made into a documentary. Mel is a very articulate person; his ability to express himself is one of the best parts of this movie.
It's a shame that more people did not see this movie; unfortunately, death is such a difficult subject that I can see where most folks would not want to watch.
My only criticism is that I feel the film was too "New-Agey." There were several points in the film where I got the sense that random/meaningless statements or events were being treated as though they were highly profound. I hesitate to bring this up in light of the touchy subject matter, but that issue did bother me.
Overall, though, a great film.
Dim-Witted, Delusional People
This film was truly depressing.
What started out as an intriguing attempt to retrieve buried items, turned into a giant fool's errand. The two older gentlemen who claimed to have hidden treasure could have been suffering from inaccurate memories, or they could have made the stories up altogether. People returning from war have been known to fabricate or embellish events that are not able to be verified independently.
I did not find the person from the Pacific war credible whatsoever--I suspect that his story was a confabulation which he told over and over until he believed it himself. His stories about multiple decapitations could be true, but I doubt it. His rambling manner, mispronunciations and overall demeanor would have convinced me to write him off immediately.
The gentleman who had been in Germany was more credible, but I felt that he didn't know what he was talking about. He claimed that the treasure would still be where he left it, allegedly because people don't go up on their roofs that often. That statement, and others like it, convinced me that mentally, he was slipping badly, and none of his statements could be considered trustworthy.
The person who really is a puzzlement is Lance. He's young enough to know better, yet seems as befuddled, clueless, impractical and disorganized as the older men.
I don't know what kind of mental disorder a person would have to have to fly halfway around the world, more than once, looking for something that he doesn't even have a map of or a picture of. He did mention that one of his sons had a drug problem; I was not clear on whether Lance did also. A history of drug abuse could account for his inability to use logic or to think critically. I found myself worrying about his mental state. He has a family who is counting on him, and he does not appear to be very reliable or intelligent.
I was touched by both of the older men when they stated that they suffered from painful, intrusive thoughts about the war. Those were the only times I felt any empathy or connection with the characters at all. Their grief over the war seemed genuine.
Nursery University (2008)
Well-Made, Highly Disturbing Film
This movie takes what appears to be an honest look at the enrollment process for upscale preschools in Manhattan. The parents display a crazed desperation similar to what is seen in child beauty pageants.
The entire process, unfortunately, brings out the worst in both the parents and the school administrators. The administrators enjoy the benefit of a "seller's market." This appears to have gone to their heads, as often happens when people have too much power. It's not pretty to watch--rather sad, actually, as these people revel in their ability to make petty life-or-death decisions.
On a larger scale, this film seems to be about greed, self-delusion, entitlement, and having to have the "best" at all costs. An unflinching commentary on how competitiveness brings out our lowest, animal instincts.