A proud father will receive his son whom he hasn't seen in years.
Everything must be right.
The meal, the wine, the house must be clean, he must be in tip-top shape.
He needs to show his son that he is strong, proud, and equal.
He needs to show him that he wasn't in the wrong for all these years.
He needs to show him that he's the one willing to do the forgiving, rather than being forgiven.
My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?
The film I saw was bland and boring. I…
It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for…