Hey thanks for your comments about PARIAH but it's NOT a hollywood movie it's a first time writer/director and recent NYU film school grad by the name of Dee Rees who produced the film on a microbudget. If you want to see a different story you can relate to, you'll have to either wait patiently (and perhaps indefinitely) or make the movie yourself. Best wishes in 2012!
Oculus had an interesting concept but the "Flashbacks" got a bit over done and were annoying. It would have been better if the brother sister relationship was flushed out more so we could have felt more for the main characters. I might not be the best critic of this film though because I wasn't feeling 100% as I watched it (I think I might have been staring at the mirror too long)
I know I should have watched this movie years ago but a movie about a bunch of young men in prep school studying poetry really didn't appeal as interesting as the latest horror or action movie and at times I felt my initial view was right with many a slow scene. Yet just like a good bottle of Scotch "The Dead Poet's Society" grows on you and leaves you with a lingering warm feeling.
For it is not just about Poetry (although it makes me want to take a class or two) but the art of teaching and love of learning. We sometimes relegate teaching to the black and white caulk board where there are so many wonderful colors that we can explore instead. "The Dead Poet's Society" also touched on true happiness that occurs not only through the paycheck you receive but the love of the work you perform. I understand that "The Dead Poet Society" is an old dead movie to many but it's message lives within my heart and soul.
The Giver lends the audience something to truly think about. Is it better not to know then understand the truth whichever way it might go? The problem is the story never emotes those feelings to the audience until the bitter end and then it's quite subtle. We see and feel glimpses of those lost emotions but not enough to draw us truly into the story. Give the Giver a 1/2 star more for the beautiful cinematic effects.
'Ender's Game is a fine movie if you never read the book. There are great lessons of leadership that this films tries to portray but they appear to be more of a list then part of a story. Add a 1/2 star if you haven't read the book.
Characters is what draws viewers to a film and the "The Great Gastby's" character are magnetic. One the viewer is drawn into such a film it is the art that keeps them enthralled and the message that it is building that holds their attention. This film had many beautiful scenes but the music score was poorly chosen for the time period portrayed and some of the scenes appeared almost cartoonist . Finally it is the message that allows the viewer to hold onto the images after the credits roll that truly showcases this art. This is where The Great Gatsby is truly great! A message told of love like no other film has done in the past. The "Great Gatsby" might be an old story but it is a story that lives throughout the times.