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[url="http://apps.facebook.com/flixster/m/10468"][color=#0000ff]Searching for Bobby Fischer[/color][/url][indent]Review: [font=Arial Narrow][size=3][color=black][font=Arial Narrow][i]What makes [b]Searching for Bobby Fischer[/b] so great?[/i][/font][/color][/size][/font][font=Arial Narrow][size=3][color=black][font=Arial Narrow] [/font][/color][/size][/font]
[i]In the family drama, the father and the teacher characters are complex, both exhibiting concern for the wellbeing of their child prodigy, but both also having ulterior motives. The mother is the only fully caring adult. The father is all about winning (cash-money) and the teacher is all about making the child into another Bobby Fischer (vicarious fulfillment). The teacher goes so far as to say that to be like Mr. Fischer, the child must hate his opponents. Still, we care for the adult characters because it becomes evident that they all desire the best for the youngster, but do not always know how to properly show that love (something anyone can relate to). What makes this film memorably uplifting is that in spite of the situation, the young protagonist still manages to find his own identity, using the ill advised attack tactics he learned playing speed chess with the street players and also rejecting the advice of his teacher that he must hate his opponents. Ironically, the main theme that [b]doing your best is more important than winning[/b] is contrasted by the young superstar demolishing every competitor he goes against in scene after scene. The acting is very convincing; the lad shows feelings of self doubt, frustration, compassion, maturity in a realistic and compelling ways. There are no gimmicks to play on that audience's emotions and I can't even think of another successful chess film. The nostalgia factor is another reason why I love this movie. Seeing this again 13 years after I saw the film as I child, I still vividly remembered one scene before it happened. I most enjoyed seeing the teacher giving the child his first paid lesson consisting of the two playing non-chess related board games. I don't know why that scene stuck in my head like it did. Back to the point: Unlike most dramas, this film is concise, it's fast paced and it does not overstay its welcome (unlike this overlong review). The realism, the ironies, the excellent story telling, the nostalgia factor, the fast pace and the wonderful acting all combine to make [b]Searching for Bobby Fischer[/b], the greatest film I have ever seen.[/i] [/font][/color][/size][/font]
[url="http://apps.facebook.com/flixster/m/8565"][color=#0000ff]Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit[/color][/url] [indent]Review: The greatest claymation film of all time. Nick Park is a genious.
There are some heavy themes for an animated feature, such as addiction and the film's primary question, "Can people reverse their destructive habits?"
[url="http://apps.facebook.com/flixster/m/12368"][color=#0000ff]Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb[/color][/url][indent]Review: [i]I'd say this is Kubric's best comedy. Peter Sellers played multiple characters. This was one of the first films to do something like this. The pacing is slower than most modern films (remember this was made in 1964) and the wit is dry but I found it to be enjoyably droll, with lines like, "There's no fighting in the war room!" [/i]
[i]True story: When Ronald Reagan was elected President, the first thing he wanted to see was the war room. However, when his advisers said that there was no such thing, Reagan replied, "But I saw it in 'Dr. Strangelove.'" [/i]
[url="http://apps.facebook.com/flixster/m/11560"][color=#0000ff]Minority Report[/color][/url][indent]Review: Minority Report is Spielberg's best film. I don't care if you all hate on Tom Cruise, this film's brill. Anything I say will spoil the ride, so I'll just say, make sure to check out this film.