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Pay It Forward (2000)
How to make this world better, one movie at a time.
In this pre-election time, with about another year to go before we vote, everyone would like to do the right thing-- to change America and its allied powers into something better than so many of us are after living in their cultures as citizens and consumers.
Love and money are partly our inventions. Nature equipped us for both. Neither seems to be optimized yet-- for sufficient happiness-- inside or outside our imaginative dark and light entertainment products.
This story of tragic experience-- in an America desperately in need of more money and more love-- is a challenge to everyone on us. I rate it 10 for being truthful, on point, and necessary.
Is there more that is needed to improve our institutions and our habits --to reduce the origins of our conduct toward each other?
. . . Of course: a million more dramas-- many emphasizing money to end poverty, and the value of effective treatment and self-discipline to reduce violence and self-abuse.
Propaganda films aimed to reduce avoidable tragedy are something for which I would vote-- especially if they resulted in some degree of measurable success.
At Middleton (2013)
At Middleton is not a plain vanilla romantic comedy: it is intergenerational, critical and philosophical
The mother daughter resemblance is in a way haunting because the daughter is so compelling, yet so young. I found myself spellbound by her eyes and her whole facial expression and body language to establish a mother- daughter tension and young impatient ambition as interesting as the romance between two fifty year-old's married to someone other than present company. Andy Garcia is perfectly cast and appealing to follow as he and this opinionated broad clash and fall in love with their opposite type. This a a movie about life portrayed as extremely attractive yet farcical. It is pure entertainment that wins over an audience within minutes. It dares to confront the real and possibly dull or difficult with the fun, funny, and fanciful and a real good slap in the face which echoes I needed that. Why give it a 10? Because it never missed a beat.
Barbershop Punk (2010)
This review will not be posted by me but may be posted by the site owner.
I will see this movie within a month; but I am really enthusiastic about its purpose and its promise. Enough for now. Why write? -- because I talked with a principal involved -- and I got all wound up with what these people have done. We (the American people,) need this sort of challenge. The review above this one, by a viewer of the movie, will do for me to make up the ten lines needed to say anything at all. Political documentaries -- seeking necessary reform -- need all the support audiences can muster. As to what that principal said to me it boiled down to the blood, sweat, tears and money this sort of effort demands - if you're going to hit the long ball right out of the park.