"One constant to human nature is that we have real problems handling changes to the status quo. Any twist to the usual routine seems to set us on edge; whether it’s as minor as a rescheduling of our bus route, or as major as a new political party taking power. The difficulty in accepting change gets heightened when it comes to the well-being of our families. There are deep roots that are tricky to augment, and protective instincts that need to be overcome.
In short, accepting change is often an alien concept..."
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"The funny thing about comic books is the way they have often reflected society in North America at the time they were brought to life. So during times of great unrest – like the Civil Rights era, or Post-9/11 America – our heroes and villains were drawn into stories and scenes that reflected the lives of the audience they were speaking to. Is it possible then, that comic book movies likewise reflect what is going on in moviegoers minds?
"There’s an unspoken contract that every international athlete has to sign. It says that an entire country will rally behind them, cheer for them, send them positive energy and deep wells of support in the quest to achieve greatness on the world stage. In exchange, the masses want the athlete to represent the ideal.
They want them to be bright, wholesome, an icon for what our countries represent. Seems like a fair trade…but what happens when both sides have fulfilled…
"We are forever consumed with wondering “…and then what happened?”. We are seldom satisfied with ambiguity or inconclusiveness, and can hardly be trusted to imagine for ourselves. We want something finite and self-contained.
THE LITTLE PRINCE knows this and uses it against us. It knows that no grown-up in the world could be satisfied with the original story’s conclusion of The Little Prince just leaving The Aviator behind. Logical adults would want to know what happened then – to The…
"...what is sad and disconcerting is that it is 2016 and we still have to teach our children those notions in the hopes that eventually the concept will stick. We still live in a world where one’s looks and lineage supersedes how hard they are willing to work in the eyes of many. One would hope that by now, such xenophobia would be behind us…but unfortunately there are still many who believe that the bunnies of our world cannot be…
"...(the film) makes many of us think about what we do to chase a high, and how we hide from real problems. Sure, we aren’t all taking assignments as embedded journalists and reporting on insurgent kidnappings, but a lot more of us than might care to admit are addicts hiding in plain sight from big problems."
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"The golden age of Hollywood was all about artifice. It was about selling audience on perfect faces and honey-dripping fantasy. Sure, great deals of dark narrative and moral ambiguity came out of the era as well, but the hardest sell was put behind pure escapism…most of which was deeply absurd. Whether it was singing cowboys or romantic centurions, the product movie producers sold us was so far from reality it might as well have all been produced by Walt Disney.…
"The unfortunate side effect of the way we live our lives is that who we become is just as much in the hands of others as it is in our own. Our spouses, our fellows, our families, our employers. These and more will shape “who we are” over the course of our time on earth. Who these people see us as - what they see us as - is completely out of our control, and that is a truly terrifying thought...."
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"...Creation doesn’t care about what we think, how much we need, or how grateful we are. It doesn’t believe in justice or balance. The world doesn’t surround us to act as provider – we are here at its mercy.
The laws of man might allow for vengeance and repercussion, but the laws of nature are far less accommodating. In the eyes of creation, we are all equally insignificant."
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"...America didn’t weather the storm; they only sought shelter as it reached America’s shores. It may have eased somewhat, but it hasn’t let-up, and if lessons underlined in THE BIG SHORT aren’t learned soon, that storm is going to wash out everything America has built."
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"...for ninety to ninety-five percent of this movie, we are inside a stagecoach or a cottage. Besides being able to see the fingerprints on John Ruth’s spectacles, there is no moment where one might think to oneself “Golly, I wish Hollywood made more films in 70mm…”.
There might have been a way to make everything old new again where large format film is concerned, but it isn’t watching nine people sit in a cottage and mutter to each-other."
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"...that’s the crazy thing that nobody expected – the unforeseen side effect about turning a singular vision into a broad collaboration. It handed the reins over to people who both study the sacred text of what they are interpreting and worship at its altar. These devotees have not only found elegant ways of draping the story on to the shoulders of a new generation of characters, but have likewise brought something back to the Star Wars saga that has been sorely missing:
Full review @ www.thematinee.ca/forceawakens/