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The Host (2013)
music: intricate and precise yet judicious. screenplay: refreshingly intelligent. cinematography: somewhat reserved considering the locations, but kept me thinking about the story so I count that as a positive.
I congratulate the team that took a chance on letting the story tell itself rather than cater to the ubiquitous mass marketing cash cow templates.
I would give more than ten stars if possible because: fresh perspective on point of view fresh approach to screen writing gripping and intense character development along with intriguing story line
I knew THE HOST was going to be demanding of my attention, so although I had to change seats in the theater several times to stay away from loud (deliberate?)whispering couples, I was able to successfully follow and immensely enjoy the movie in a single viewing.
I actually wanted to stand up during the movie because it was at times so intense ;-)
THE Most Intelligent, Life-Changing Masterpiece Of Them All: Five Supernovas!
Alexander talks of his plans with his dying friend. A plan for millions of miles of real estate, real people, real challenges -- and Alex is sooo young. And sooo powerful. And sooo beautiful. Inside and out.
The opening credits gave the discerning soul a preview of the quality that went into every nanosecond of this masterpiece: shimmering blue of a hue so ecstatically inviting as to transport you into another dimension.
Acting, flawless in all respects. (Example, the passionate screams!)
Script, intelligent to the HIGHEST degree. (Example, the historical facts presented--- in context)
Cinematography, amazingly detailed. (Example, the eagles point of view)
Sound, could not be more appropriate. (Example, every scene!)
Editing, absolutely brilliant! (So much to see, yet gently focused)
Thank you Oliver Stone for being a director that unflinchingly takes us to places we really need to be --- closer to the truth about life. Among the many lessons Alexander offers, the one most awe-inspiring was his desire to treat every human being as his equal. Who does this, or even has this, or has been there and done that? And paid the awful price as well?
And like the sixty's women's rights got a shot in the arm from the Communications Officer on the original Star Trek TV series, this films requisite homosexuality is as gratuitously depicted; as easy and natural as breathing.
Indeed, the whole film took my breath away, and my mind too, to a higher place.
Enjoy This Art as You Would Any Truly New Experience
Stanley Kubrick's 2001 took my fertile creative mind to places unimagined, accompanied with intelligence and beauty.
Birth does that also for me--- takes me to places I've never been. New thought forms. New experiences. New... beauty.
I commend the director for allowing us 'adults' to actually experience a story made for mature minds. Sans our lawmaking citizens bleeps and status quo embalmed walking dead censors blocks.
I commend the storyteller for having the courage to write in the first place.
And I commend the actors for bringing it all so vividly to life. LIFE. Not popularity contests or marketing dollars here. No, Birth brings life to the screen.
See this movie to increase your sense of aliveness! It has truly captured the mystery and evasiveness of yet another color of love, being in love and above all else, the essence of ethereal desire we all carry forever in our hearts!
Soldier's Girl (2003)
FINALLY, A NEW INSIGHT INTO REALITY
I am not going to add to the insightful reviews made so far in the paradigm of today's society. Instead I would like to note the following:
I understood perhaps for the first time in my life a radically new point of view.
In the past my smug assumption was that a transsexual was 'simply' a man who loved being accepted as a woman. "Duh," some of you might say, what else COULD it be?
Well, what I saw in this gem of a movie, this magic lantern of the soul as it were, was something more. I saw that NATURE herself was the actor.
In a nutshell (possible bad word for me to use here!) what I now see is; SOME genders REALLY ARE opposite genders inside. In this movie I was struck blind like the Bible's Paul with the vision that a woman's soul COULD inhabit a mans body, and so would 'simply' live out life with as much dignity as SOCIETY would allow.
If this is even marginally true, we are ALL indicted barbarians and cavedwellers for not seeing the obvious... and the lid on 'The Pandora's Box of What's Normal' has finally been lovingly lifted off its hinges and thrown into the abyss!
Thank you writers, directors and especially actors --- for portraying that at all; and so well!
the holy grail for those looking for love...
I misread the synopsis before seeing this movie. I thought it was to be something like Clockwork Orange's 'ultraviolent' Beethoven groovin character. Auf dem Gegenteil! Instead, I was strait-jacked to my theater seat with a ball gag and shown --- love.The director 'has you at hello' with his mastery of inducing the vicarious experience of being judge, jury and executioner. While at first, I wanted to serve merely as a lawmaker/enforcer, it later began to dawn on my oh so thick skull, that here was a stereogram of love. You look at a stereogram and at first see nothing to justify further indulgence. Then you keep on looking anyway and get your reward. OASIS reward for looking into the private lives of the two lead characters is knowing once and for all: the meaning of love. Love is.