Caught the late show tonight with a friend and I must say it was an amazing movie. I have never cried at a movie before, but tonight was the closest I ever came, my friend cried through the whole thing. After it was over everybody walked out as if they were leaving a funeral. Highest recommendation to go see.
Originally posted by Above Average 1After it was over everybody walked out as if they were leaving a funeral. Highest recommendation to go see.
Well shit, THAT sells it! I don't like watching movies like this. They tend to just bring me down, and I get no satisfaction, even any sort of reflection of the incident. I don't think I'll ever understand the allure of these types of movies for people.
There's no reflection here, which is why I find it a bit of a disappointment. It's a recreation of those two guys' fight for survival, intercut with Movie-Of-The-Week cuts back to their families worrying about them. It's a bit of a button-pusher, really, and boils down the incredibly complex and terrible event into a hollow tale of heroism.
Now, that's not to say that these guy's stories aren't worth telling. But they're a tiny thread in a massive, world-changing tapestry. Focusing on the happy ending of this particular side-story seems a little disingenuous to me, although what I would expect from the first big-money retelling of 9/11.
It's kinda depressing that this'll be seen by far more than those that took in UNITED 93, a movie that captured the terror and panic of that day far more realistically, didn't shy away from the horror of the terrorist involvement, and still worked as a look at the courage shown by many. But then, that movie didn't star Nic Cage I guess.
To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
The Master (backofthehead.com) isn't really about Scientology, but then McDonalds isn't really about hamburgers. Unbelievable performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. It's epic and unsettling, but what does it all mean?