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Running Home (1999)
intuition & empathy outweighing limited circumstances
This was a surprisingly good movie!
It has drama. It has a plot. It is intriguing in its development into something more!
It tells the story of a street-wise kid who has a precision touch for the world that surrounds him!!!
... He cares about the downtrodden & oppressed!!!
... He notices details others do not care to consider! ... He is rightly suspicious of 'authorities' of presumed 'wisdom' in JUDGEMENTAL perspectives that they surround themselves with!!! ... Into likeminded submission without substance to allegations unfounded!!!
... Meanwhile, he investigates & discovers his own potential for greater solutions!!!
... While disturbed & warning against the agenda he senses is building up behind him!!!
... As others too, accumulate for various agendas!!! ... Helpful & otherwise!!!
"Running Home" has other attributes working for it!!!
... An empathetic artist whose paintings express her secret pain!!!
... A street-kid daring to be himself!!! ... With MUCH creativity revealed!!!
... But with echoes to his earlier dimensions he does not shrink from!!! Or apologise for!!!
Meanwhile, truer bonds of MUCH substance gradually emerge!!!
All in all, it gives an insight into street kids!!! Not to forget earlier dimensions of such dilemmas!!! TOO often forgotten!!!
Also lost bonds of family & MUCH goodwill!!! That bureaucracies of police or church & state!!! Can effectively diminish into nothingness!!! Or DARE to care about!!! At their personal whim!!!
But rarely realised, it seems!!!
In the meanwhile, this movie is a good mix!!!
It does not stifle the free-spirited soul in this young guy who dares to be creative!!! Amidst a closed store rich with symbolism!!! As he sets birds free from their cages!!!
It's not phony just creatively thoughtful in its unique perspectives!!!
It hints at something worth contemplating in broader journeys of life that somehow, whether near or far, loved ones tend to be close at hand, and so often intuitively attuned to what we care about & are growing into!!!
"Running Home" conveys such concepts well.
a great thriller I chanced upon, called "Executive Protection" in Australia
Well! What a pleasant surprise I chanced on when I crossed the dial to find this Swedish movie on channel SBS! A quality production for a QUALITY channel!!
This is a GREAT thriller! It has much drama but with solid plot underlying it! Several scenes in this are riveting & thoughtfully provoking! The background setting & human foibles & flawed decisions make for a gripping finale!
There is violence & bloodshed, but it is not lacking in reality in such depictions or desperate situations! ... Well portraying the confused emotions of those who are victims! ... As well as those who ruthlessly attack without fairness or compassion or intent other than self-advantage!!!
This is compelling viewing! I had intended to split my viewing between 2 other programs FAR less enthralling!! ... I found this instead!
Le fatiche di Ercole (1958)
programmed as "hercules", in Australia
I thought this would be a pathetic sub-titled movie, but it wasn't!!!
It is typically low-budget, & on the low budget-TV channel, which struggles to survive for a FRAGMENT of what the big-networks have access to!
This movie is understandably of limited talent & basic in props & plots! ... Especially compared with the likes of 21st century "The War of The Worlds"! ... That I viewed last weekend!
... But I saw Tom Cruise character there, playing a disagreeable character! ... Irritated repeatedly by his family who understandably didn't want to listen to him! ... With a pathetic plot I thought anyway would have seen MASSIVE holes in! ... But it was supposed to be a Spielberg production!
... By contrast, here, I watched a scenic, dramatic attempt at quality cinema! ... A serious attempt made at a credible plot! ... In a fantasy-type scenario many people would like to find themselves lost in! ... That was not surely out of its context, for time & place!!
... But of course, it doesn't have 21st century side-effects! ... That seem to often be substituted for plot!!!
... I didn't expect much! ... But got much more!!
Well worth a viewing!!!
The Kite Runner (2007)
on wings of earth & sky it runs
Well this was a surprise to me!!!
I knew nothing of this "Kite-Runner" movie, but it told many tales neatly woven!
The young boy & his more worthy & faithful servant's son!!! ... A father of each, respectively being of MUCH principle & integrity in their decisions for themselves & their sons!!! ... !!! ... A boy who had a gift! ... Another, an appreciation of that gift! ... That gift initially denied to the one! ... But echoing to so many!!!
That's apart from a romantic interest who likes books ... another father who is bigoted & self-righteous ... a mother who is over-zealous in traditional matters ... border-post guards ... & those who hover oppressively nearby ... overshadowing hapless peasants ... and those flogged & hung as if incidental chattels in swirls of shifts of dust on infertile sands ... those in powerful positions of authority who don't like being eyed ... or even questioned, exploding into furies of impulsive FALSE promises spontaneously & ruthlessly exemplified ... those that may be of solace caught as meat in sandwiches ... be they orphaned child ... or a rational man who must thoughtfully chose his loyalties & who he must defend & who must hate him in his subservience!!!
This was a movie of intrigue! ... Suspense! ... Amidst unwarranted hierarchies of authorities that proved hollow!!!
This QUALITY movie showed that dreams may be CRUSHED by others!!! ... But the TRUER messages of LOVE, COURAGE, INTEGRITY, HONESTY, FAIRNESS & TRUTH cannot be dismissed, without loss to those depriving such OPPORTUNITIES that are part of free will!!!
Only the slingshot scene appeared GROSSLY far-fetched to me in the circumstances!!! ... But I was glad to have it nonetheless.
I felt like I knew much more of rugged landscapes & gentle oppressed people mostly of Afghanistan & Pakistan, too, a little more of the DANGERS of religious & political fundamentalism in the hated oppressive rituals of "the Taliban" & their feared-affiliates!!!
... But wondered if it was that easy for a bashed man with a child who was not his own, to enter America!!!
... Where a famous "Peace Train" song-writer named 'Cat', was turned on his heels, among others, like one who was subject of an episode of "Australian Story" within the last fortnight! ... Deported without opportunity to question bureaucratic decisionmakers!!! ... But still, even this makes the scene of wrestling kites, very interesting!!!
So we have a slightly phoney situation at the passport stage that alone is hampering the integrity of this GREAT movie of immense application!!! ... But still, more than once, it brought a tear of goodwill to my eye!
If Tomorrow Comes (1971)
a thoughtful & well-made movie
This movie is very impressive in depicting the racism inflicted on many unjustly following the Pearl Harbour attack.
It is not just a thoughtful insight into the realities of oppression faced by Japanese living in America, in World War 2, as the world war escalated! But it is a contemporary insight into the kind of mob mentality that overtakes whole communities with apparent ease but LACKING justice!!! ... Often fired up by UNJUST media sensationalism or AUTHORITIES of oppression without due concern for the rights of victims they marginalise & make in outcasts!!!
I note one other comment referred to this "Romeo & Juliet" type "West Side Story" situation portrayed!!! It is powerfully brought to the screen passionately by the pair of unlikely, even reluctant lovers, in initial encounters! Aware that they are treading on unsure territory & unsteady ground, and intuitively sensing a greater tragedy may be looming!!!
The situation is well conveyed by the main actors! They play their parts well ... the humble Romeo ... the white girl who dares to reluctantly cross a line FOR LOVE she cannot deny ... the local cop who is trying to be sympathetic to the oppressed ... the families of disharmony & divided loyalties ... the dangerous atmosphere that may be only a corner away!!! That's apart from the POWERFUL stories & messages incidentally presented subtly!!! ... But with precision in each occasional impact!!!
Consider the young lover who doesn't want to inflame hostilities & watches his dad's sudden dilemma outpouring with good reason... and that of a young hard-working farmer set upon ... and perhaps the most telling scene of the hapless HARMLESS men piled into the back of a truck, of mostly aging Japanese, who were SINGING their loyalties to America!!! ... Much to the annoyance of authorities who had corralled them & reduced them to numbers!!! ... While being portrayed as if they were terrorists!!!
Justice proclaimed without trial!!! ... As if in the case of those held in a Cuban detention facility beyond 2000!!!
... !!! The same scenario is there in the stories of Australian "The 10 Canoes" & aftermath!!! ... And echoes back to the "rivers of blood" that flowed in Australian history texts over a stolen sheep, after Aboriginals, deprived of their ancestral lands were hounded & hunted like beasts, without respect!!! ... !!! ... !!!
The uneasy & unsteady position of the girl's father amidst it all is very interesting to observe!!! /// ... As is his response to his daughter's love shortlived!!! ... As is his son's action forgotten so easily!!! ... Despite aftermaths of little semblance to truth!!!
All in all, we have a great movie here that deserves great respect & consideration!!! ... For those who have eyes to see & eyes to hear!!!
In the meanwhile, we have an honest & thought-provoking movie!!! ... Of much worthiness!!! ... Of much insight, wisdom & ongoing effect!!!
August Rush (2007)
an orchestra of intuition awaits you
I headed off to see a movie last night & it turned out to be this "August Rush" I had never heard of!
It turned out to be to watch a masterpiece of intuition that would appeal to the sensibilities of a truly romantic heart & soulful spirit! I thought it was going to be an "Oliver" updated story early ... and it does have similarities to "Mr Holland's Opus" at times ... and it does jump around ... but it comes together like a jigsaw puzzle!
As to be expected, it's a bit predictable at times, but it is a movie with a beautiful heart it dips into at times, with magnificent musical blending that weave into the philosophy & wisdom & lives of its emerging characters! ... And their heartful unspoken wishes of heart & soul! ... As I have noted to be found as particularly significant times in life! ... like moments of romantic bliss ... like moments of immense & heart-breaking grief ... like moments of searching for something you cannot easily express ... or don't fully understand ... that may be dream or hope or foolishness in the eyes some others cannot understand!
It's all here to enrich your heart & spirit!!! ... !!!
A little contrived & unlikely in how it emerges but in so doing, it encourages the viewer into a sense & hope of intuition!!!
In my own case, I found further proof of such experiences I have occasionally been enriched & privileged to receive at key moments in my life!!! ... even when a song came on the radio as I began to drive home afterwards, it seemed PERFECTLY appropriate that the song was one I liked better instantly ... with lyrics "when you get caught between the moon and New York city, best that you can do, is fall in love!"
... I think I'll always like this song better for this coincidence in the eyes of some!
... As for the movie I rate it ... !!!!!!!!!!+
surely the product of a brilliant mind daring to be on the edge
I was flicking across the dial & found this potential indication of creative genius!
It isn't as brilliant as it might have been! ... But it has its genuinely funny moments where the sense of what's going on inside each person, each character, is spelt out in adventurous pursuits that most production teams wouldn't have dared to produce!!!
... I'd rather have a team of actors & movie-makers like this, who DARE to push the edges!!! ... And succeed 3 out of 4-5 times!!! ... Than those who work a conservative line of forgettable rubbish that too many prefer to mark with financially-motivated clones of other movies! ... For instance, consider what the "Flying High" & "Rocky" crews did to make more money & mileage out of their subsequent dubious propositions!
... Yet the originals of "Flying High" & "Rocky" were worthy of being regarded as classics of their respective genres!
... It's jumpy & unpredictable & thought-provoking!!! ... But every now & then, it hits the spot!!! ... And when it does, makes the bewilderment & confusion worth enduring!
I share the dismay & frustration other reviewers supportive of this movie have expressed, that some critics have belittled this QUALITY effort without justice or respect of its considerable merits!!!
... The critics won't inspire a future masterpiece.
... But this movie "Monkeybone" madness just might!
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
scenic but without plot, but for much navigation! ... an introduction to Neptune's kingdom!
I loved the impressive coastal settings from the opening shots of a setting sun glowing red low in the sky!
To me, the movie itself wasn't remarkable in any way though I noticed it had well known actors and it would have been thought that "Beneath The 12-Mile Reef" was probably very expensive for its day & age!
It would have been spectacular to watch on a huge old movie screen they don't indulge in anymore! As it was, even on a TV screen the underwater photography brought to life the magnificence of the marine kingdom of the reef!
Such beauty was clearly intended to carry the plot which was disappointing. It should & could have been so much more. Instead, best enjoyed by tolerating the human dramas portrayed, allowing your attention to be drawn away to the relaxing lull of the tides and off to the horizons of delight of nature portrayed.
... And what could have been!!!
La notte degli squali (1988)
spagetti western with sharks
What's to like about this movie???
It is in colour!
It has some impressive underwater photography!
It has a rhythmic musical score in the background that works well at times!
So 3 out of 10!
Sometimes the music is speeded up! Especially when the shark or the baddies are about to move in!
Sometimes it is slowed! As if to convey to the audience it's about to be time for sympathy!
As another one bites the dust! As if in a "spagetti Western" this has much similarity to!
It's not that the Italians can't produce quality productions! There was a series of TV movies with a heading like "Octopus" numbered about 1 to 7, screened on SBS TV in Australia in the 1990s about mafia-type conflicts! And they were excellent! But alas, you won't find it here!!!
I assumed it was made about 1960s! Sadly it was 20 years out of date, as evidenced by a funeral scene near the end!
Then there was the razor-sharp bite of the speedy shark that makes for a red dust repeatedly emerging in the bluish waters!
Amidst it all, either in bar-room brawl or in observing the latest sea-side bloody demolition by the relentlessly hungry shark, the mate of the hero looks on through his glasses of little concern, as if he too was bored in his relentless role amidst a lack of much evidence of plot or anyone's character development!
At least the hero indicates a fleeting concern belatedly, for his ex-wife!
But of course, even if the music fails to awaken our realisation, we have the sinister sound in the baddies' voices, as if to nudge us that another dark deed is about to emerge!
And near the end, someone thought of a twist! Just when we thought it was all totally predictable! But stay tuned, folks, for you may find another twist! If you are watching closely! To, more or less, warm your heart!
Follow the advice of the hero, and have a few beers along the way! It'll make your viewing of "Night of the Sharks" more enjoyable!
Then you'll be ready for something like a "007" movie to ease your way back into reality when this is over!!!
Criminal Lawyer (1937)
an enjoyable & intriguing drama!
I have to say I was disappointed to see only criticism of this movie!
I only came upon it by chance but this short movie was intriguing to me!
I disagree that the plot was "subpar" & thought the acting was adequate & the plot reasonably well constructed!
This is after all, over 70 years old!!!
How could it hope to compete with multi-million dollar modern productions???
But it presents the evolution of the clever but unprincipled lawyer who switches allegiances without justice!
It asks ethical questions ahead of its times!!!
Until the lawyer finds in his cleverness, his own demise is imminent!
Then swings the attack for a riveting conclusion!
It doesn't answer all the questions it prompts!
But I don't think that was its purpose!
I was impressed by "Criminal Lawyer" & I believe it has aged well!
If only I could say that for some who consider themselves wise because they are old in years!!!