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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Meaningful and Uplifting
My husband and I had an opportunity to attend a screener of this movie last night. We had seen several commercials and a trailer for the film and we had high hopes, we were not disappointed. Many times "inspired by" films feel like hard sells or bids for Oscar glory. "Pursuit of Happiness" is none of that. This is an honest, meaningful film that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. The viewer becomes fully invested in the struggles of Chris Gardner and his son. Will and Jadyn Smith deserve huge kudos. The real-life father and son dynamic enriched the film and don't know if other actors could have been as powerful. Be warned, there are several tissue inducing moments. This movie is well worth a ticket!
Fast Food Nation (2006)
Skip the Movie, Read the Book
I'm completely shocked by the comments of this being a gem or a political masterpiece. My husband and I attended a screener of "Fast Food Nation" last night and we were disgusted. Not by the graphic images of cows being slaughtered (that was to be expected - this is supposed to be about the fast food industry from start to finish). We were disgusted by how heavy handed and poorly made the film was. It appeared that the director doesn't trust his audience to use use their brains and make up their own mines about the fast food industry. He shoves every story line in your face as to say "Look, isn't this awful. I'm telling you it's horrible. You have to believe me." Spare yourself this waste of time. Go grab the book "Fast Food Nation," it's much more filling.
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
I can't recall the last time a movie moved me the way this film did. Clint Eastwood presents an honest portrait of war (the beauty of brotherhood, the horror of literally walking through death, the pain of dealing with survival). The images made me feel like I was getting a real glimpse at the lives of the men who served during WWII. The actors more then carried their own weight. They made you understand these were not characters they were acting out, they were representing real men. To often today war movies are used to actively promote war or to demonize it. I appreciated that this film let me make up my own mind. "Flags of Our Fathers" is a movie that will stay with you. Isn't that what great movies are supposed to do? This film reminds you why movies are important.
The Illusionist (2006)
Beautiful Movie and Wonderful Acting
My husband and I had the opportunity to attend a screener of the "Illusionist." I didn't know what to expect because I hadn't seen a lot of promotion for it. The film was wonderful. I enjoyed it so much that I've offered to take my mother to see it this weekend when it officially opens. Visually the movie was stunning. The lighting, costumes and settings helped accent the dramatic storyline. The best part of the film was the acting. I forgot how great of an actor Ed Norton is. Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel more then hold their own. The only reason I didn't give "The Illusionist" a 10 out of 10 was the old fashion fade in and outs that were used. It was just a little off-putting for me. All in all, this is a fantastic movie and should be viewed on the big screen. You won't regret it!