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Heaven Is for Real

Heaven Is for Real

(2014)
2 days ago via Flixster

Heaven is for Real is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Todd Burpo and best selling conservative writer Lynn Vincent. It was a true story so maybe the negative reaction that Connor's chronicle received from the congregation at the time was what actually happened, Yet it was a #1 New York Times hit so it obviously touched a lot of hearts outside the religious world. The boy's experiences should prompt more probing questions. He saw Jesus for goodness sakes! At least he believes he did, why aren't people in the Church more excited? Regardless of your personal beliefs in the afterlife, it seems like this bestseller should have inspired a more uplifting tale. This could have been the seed for a galvanizing discussion that Christians, non-Christians, atheists and agnostics could have regarding the concept of heaven. The 1977 picture Oh, God! dealt with this subject in a much more innovative way. In contrast here we are nearly 4 decades later and we're presented a fascinating story that is handled in the most utterly routine fashion. It doesn't probe enough to inspire the faithful, the skeptics or anyone in between.

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Under the Skin

Under the Skin

(2013)
4 days ago via Flixster

There is a quiet beauty in telling a languid story that merely relies on the humanity of real life. Scarlett Johansson disguised in a short wig of jet black hair and pale skin sort of physically recalls silent film star Pola Negri but with a blank slate personality that makes her character oddly unsettling. For most of the muted solitude of the tale, we the audience must infer what the woman is thinking. The events are deceptively spare but in reality a lot of themes are addressed. It's a meditation that comes to a head when our protagonist ultimately suffers an existential crisis of sorts. The drama explores human emotion in the interactions regarding an enigmatic seducer of various men. Her scenes with actor Adam Pearson are particularly memorable. As she interacts with each individual, their personalities expose aspects of the human condition. In doing so, the picture brilliantly demonstrates the qualities that make human beings so wonderful and what also makes them monsters.

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Oculus

Oculus

(2014)
10 days ago via Flixster

Oculus is a character driven story shrewdly written and beautifully acted. It's nice to bask in the sophistication of an intelligently written screenplay that doesn't depend on jump scares. In fact it's not really about shocks at all. Rest assumed there are some frightful scenes, but the drama is more eerie mystery than horror. That suits this reviewer just fine. As the climax comes to a head, there's an ambiguous blending between events back when they were growing up and their current identity. The editing brilliantly parallels past and present. As appearances gets more confusing, we question whether we can actually trust what we are seeing. Is our perception accurate or is it a hallucination? Oculus has technique that aspires to the same rarified cinematic air as films like The Innocents, The Shining and Poltergeist. Perhaps it is more content to sample from those sophisticated influences than create an innovate style of its own. I won't fault it for the homage. Virtually all horror movies rely on well worn tropes. What makes Oculus something to be admired, is that the presentation has the good sense to appropriate from the best. It's the most elegantly told supernatural movie of the last few years.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

(2014)
14 days ago via Flixster

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an entertaining spy thriller. The story includes lots of rousing action sequences . The hand to hand combat scenes draw heavily from martial arts films in the best possible way. The pace is efficient with a narrative that doesn't disappoint fans looking for excitement featuring people they already know and love. There's enough human interaction to satisfy those who savor a little character development in their superhero flicks. Occasionally the overly complex story takes itself a bit too seriously. I welcome the humor of Thor. Fan boys will appreciate the reverence, but anyone unfamiliar with the Avengers universe might not be as captivated. Thankfully the tone shines with the occasional witty quip when someone in the production chooses to favorably lighten the mood.

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Jodorowsky's Dune

Jodorowsky's Dune

(2013)
15 days ago via Flixster

Jodorowsky's Dune makes an entertaining case that this is the greatest sci-fi film never made. The massive Dune storyboard book circulated through various studios in Hollywood as the proposal sought financing partners. The blueprints contain attributes which correlate to visual aspects in Star Wars, Alien, Flash Gordon, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blade Runner, The Terminator, Masters of the Universe, The Matrix and others. Alejandro Jodorowsky is an intriguing personality and it's fun hearing him reminisce about something in which he is still so passionate. He was able to charm a lot of people into initially believing in him. As charismatic as he is, I am certain the man is also stark raving mad. There's no way the final product could have possibly lived up to the potential that this feature suggests. However, that doesn't lessen the impact of this captivating document on filmmaking. Ultimately Dune would reach the screen in David Lynch's infamous 1984 adaptation. Jodorowsky's reluctance to see someone else's vision of a project he was so close to, is understandable. Even his climatic recounting of that story is worth the price of admission.

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