So much of life is a game. Every day, people from all walks of life need to make choices outside of themselves in an effort to score some points and get ahead. They aren’t doing what they want to do so much as they’re doing what they need to do for a larger goal. It’s not a position most people want to be in, but somehow a select few manage to find a way to stay true to themselves and get the jump on other players.
These select few, can take a game and turn it to their own advantage...
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As time passes for both us and our parents, we think we get a firm grip on who they are and what they do. We watch them intently as children, when their characteristics impress themselves upon us both for better and for worse. We gather what we can, and likely misunderstand so very much without realizing it. We notice things they don’t think we notice and piece it together to form a very unique opinion of these men and women.
The thing is, often times we don’t know our mothers and fathers half as well as we think we do...
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It celebrates the best things about The American Dream, and mourns the fact that America remains unfortunately awake. It brings together people on a spiritual level, and then tears them apart in a way designed to break a person’s very spirit. It does it all with great romance and wonderful music, and because of that, you keep hearing its every chord and note, well after the record has stopped...
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We have forgotten that the disease struck such fear into the general public, that there were calls for those affected to have to wear outward identification. And we forget that the fight to get a handle on it was a complicated mess with no easy answers.
So yes, we’ve heard this song before…but it was so long ago that many won’t remember the words...
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THOR THE DARK WORLD is “good enough”. It will give audiences plenty of bang for their buck, entertain Marvel fans, and suitably distract everybody else. The question that remains is whether “good enough” is good enough anymore....
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"How any of these problems survived the lengthy production process this project had to endure is a wonder. One would think with all of the effort that was put into getting the film made, that the people overseeing it would make sure that it was handled with kit gloves. Instead, the homework has been handed in dog-eared, coffee-stained, disorganized and incomplete...."
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I’m reminded of its opening scene – one where Malkina and Reiner watch their Cheetahs run around a landscape that seems out-of-place. He asks her “you like it because it reminds you of somewhere else?” to which she responds “I like it for itself”. Looking at the film, its garishness, its vulgarity…it’s a fair question to ask if I like it because it reminds me of something else. The truth is that I don’t. I like it because it wears…
There are many words that have already been lobbed around about Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
Raw, unflinching, brutal, unrelenting, harrowing, shattering, blistering, savage, and gruesome to name a few. However, I believe those sorts of adjectives do the film a disservice. They make it sound unpalatable; like the sort of thing one believes they should see even if they don’t necessarily want to see it. That’s why I believe it’s important to underline that while this film is…
"When one thinks about a life of luxury, one tends to think about material comforts. Perhaps the word evokes financial wealth or social status, but for many “luxury” coveys ideas of security. The unfortunate reality of life in the 21st Century is that luxuries are disappearing. Where they were once a possibility for the working class, true luxury and security is enjoyed by precious few.
This leaves the rest of us to sort through some far more negative feelings, which will perhaps lead us to make some very bad decisions..."
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"The visual trickery not only allows the audience to feel the beauty and fluidity that comes with weightlessness, but it also underscores the danger that Stone will soon find herself in. The camera floats and swoops because of that absence of gravity. Thing is, the absence of gravity is a pretty scary thing – especially when there’s no way of moving through it unaided. It’s a physical property that we take so very much for granted, but whose absence is truly terrifying...."
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"For both of these men, the die was cast at a very early age. They went through more in their first thirty years than most of us will go through in our entire lives.
Its truly a pity that RUSH doesn’t want to paint a picture about how those incredible events affected these two men."
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"We learn a lot about each other and ourselves during times of extraordinary circumstance. One would like to believe that during times of trauma that our true colours come through. We prove ourselves to be moral people, courageous people, or in the case of groups of people we prove our strength in numbers and faith in each other. More often than not though, the opposite is true.
We show our true colours alright, but we seldom like what those colours reveal..."
Full review @ www.thematinee.ca/prisoners/