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akelmur

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Sundance was Right, Great Movie but Warning....., 30 October 2012
7/10

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Outstanding cinematography and storytelling. Being a couple of generations removed from that exposure, not completely inaccurate of description of rural Anglo people; clannish, independent, territorial and living by certain codes of conduct. The chainsaw scene was excessively grotesque and rather unnecessary for that genre of the movie. Like for a brief moment the movie lost itself by digressing to a grade B horror movie. It quickly recovered though and compelled a strong ending. A positive aspect of this movie is that everybody acted within the parameters of this rural "code." This is a refreshing and different aspect of this movie, where as in most Hollywood movies at least one person is an outlier, operating outside of the social norms without consequences. Warning though. This movie is like "The Godfather" where as it gives a romantic glorification to a destructive criminal element in our society. There is nothing redeeming about the Meth phenomenon, culture or any "rural folk" involved in it.

ParaNorman (2012)
6 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
Its like Mental Junk-Food, 30 October 2012
2/10

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ParaNorman is like junk-food, at first glance it looks good and initially taste good, but you feel bad after ingesting it! This is in contrast to the typical Pixar films,where as you walk away feeling good. Movie has dark and foreboding undertone. Storyline engages with societal taboos' which gave many people discomfort and/or initiates a reflexive "yuck" reaction. Adult at best, recommend parents not take their children to see it. Movie falls in the not too uncommon nether region of marginalization. Its neither an appropriate kids movie or a really appealing adult animation. This is typical of animations associated with Henry Selick or Niel Gaiman.

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Somebody scratching your back and not getting the itch, 13 March 2010
5/10

Ironically, shortly before the movie, one of my daughters was barking at the other daughter for scratching her back but not getting the itch. This was foreshadowing of a movie that in no way satisfied people's innate desire for justice. The movie truly kept you on the edge your seat as the perpetrator operated just under the family's nose. The audience intensely desired justice to be served and it was never delivered. Despite the philosophical karmic undertones, the fate of the perpetrator at the end was a failed substitute for what the audience craved. The itch wasn't scratched. The suspense was further diluted, when the screen writers delved into unrealistic behavior on the part of the younger sister. This particularly poor interjection into the script invoked scoffs from the audience. The movie also attempted to create a dichotomy between the girl's desire for justice and everybody "moving on." The attempt fell into the realm of a false dichotomy. The movie evidences that superb casting, acting, and directing cannot overcome fundamental shortcomings in the development, interpretation, and sequencing of the screenplay. Bottom line, fundamental flaws in the plot are difficult to overcome.

0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Somebody scratching your back and not getting the itch, 13 March 2010
5/10

Ironically, shortly before the movie, one of my daughters was barking at the other for scratching her back but not getting the itch. This was foreshadowing of a movie that in no way satisfied people's innate desire for justice. The movie truly kept you on the edge your seat as the perpetrator operated just under the family's nose. The suspense was discredited though, when the screen writers delved into seemingly irrational/inexplicable behavior on the part of the younger sister. This particularly poor interjection into the script invoked gaffs from the audience. The movie also attempted to create a dichotomy between the girl's desire for justice and everybody "moving on." The attempt fell into the realm of a false dichotomy. The movie evidences that superb casting, acting, and directing cannot overcome fundamental shortcomings in the development, interpretation, and sequencing of the screenplay. Bottom line, fundamental flaws in the plot are difficult to overcome.