Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens

This summer, for me at least has been one hot, difficult, letdown of a season. Not just for movies but also regarding life. During one of the hottest seasons on record in the state of Kansas, I needed a good reminder of what I was about, what Kansas is in part about, and something to take my mind off of the difficulties of life. One of the things I normally enjoy doing to escape the reality of the world is the movies. This weekend the movie Cowboys and Aliens looked like it had the potential to be a perfect pick-me-up of a movie to see. I was far from disappointed.

In the 1950’s and early 1960’s there was a core of ‘B’ movies that normally had something in the plot that involved monsters or some of the really good ones had things like Cowboys fighting dinosaurs, giant tarantulas or something of the like. This summer with Cowboys and Aliens I expected something similar to those ‘B’ movies except with an exceptional cast consisting of the likes of Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Keith Carradine, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Abigail Spenser and more I should have known there was going to be a surprise on the Western Prairie.

On the surface, the plot of Cowboys and Aliens seems unbelievable and unlikely, but isn’t that what the movies are for at times, a time and a place to escape reality? Then in the escape of reality, maybe just maybe, it would be possible for one to learn a lesson or two or at the least, make life a little better. The early scenes of the movie has cowboy, Jake Lonergan, played by Daniel Craig waking up bootless and alone in the western desert. It doesn’t take long as Jake is approached by a trio of roughens for the viewer to realize, there is something special about this cowboy, and those that cross his path better watch out. Jake also has this strange bracelet on his wrist which we find out about later in the film. He also has a case of amnesia and doesn’t rightly remember all that has recently transpired. After taking care of some needed business on the plains, Jake makes his way to a town where he comes face to face with the son of a ruthless barren. The father, Woodrow Dolarhyde is played to perfection by Harrison Ford. One night in the town of Absolution after a confrontation with the local pastor, Jake is told that one has to be willing to look for God if they are to find God. The town is later attacked by something not commonly seen in the wild-west, aliens. The alien space craft has this knack of roping some of the townsfolk like a cowboy ropes cattle, and hauls them off to who knows where, for God knows what. Jake and Woodrow form an unlikely alliance to find the townsfolk, and bring some justice on the wild frontier.

The acting here is brilliant, but it isn’t just the acting that is tight; the overall direction by Jon Favreau, known for his work on such films as Ironman among others is brilliant. This movie is technically superior to the old ‘B’ movies. The town looks like a town from the old west and it wouldn’t take much for one to think they smelled the smells of the old west. It isn’t just the look and sounds that impressed me, I expected the good special effects in the present world of CGI, what I didn’t expect was the tight story with a super plot and sub-plot. Cowboys and Indians deliver in all aspects.

Favreau delivers a tight story with a strong sense of development that allows the viewer to see characters we don’t like, change into characters we do. The transformation of characters is so powerful it is hard to tell much without giving away too much of the story. Once in the seats, you will see characters change, as you get to know them and the things that make them who they are, even those who aren’t liked have a story. Special mention has to be made not only to the exceptional work done by Daniel Craig, who is as good as anything he has been in a while, but also Harrison Ford who is back in a stronger role and character where the brilliance of his acting ability comes through like no other role in some time. Also making a valuable contribution to the screen is an actor I have appreciated for some time, Adam Beach, who plays the part of Nat Colorado. I won’t say much here other than to notice towards the conclusion of the film; you will appreciate how good of a job he has done when the heart strings are pulled and the viewer finds themselves reacting to a pivotal scene.

Cowboys and Aliens is loaded! In the opening scenes one of the first to help Jake is the town doctor who also doubles as its minister. It just so happens that the healing in the town of Absolution starts at the town’s church. It is here Jake is confronted head on with the concepts of good and evil, and each individuals own bearing on the good and evil that surround them. We don’t know much at first about Jake’s past but one of the things we see is the ability to turn from the past. We are challenged of the possibility of a bad individual changing and their ability to become a new creature. As the story progresses, just like for many who consider themselves followers of Jesus, there has to be a willing sacrifice of life to ultimately show the magnitude of love. The willingness to die for another does not necessarily bring salvation. It is through the resurrection from the dead that one ultimately receives the power that brings salvation. In that salvation and sacrifice one can find reason and the power to change. We see all of this and more transpire until the last scene of the movie when we see one of the primary characters who have gone through their own individual changes, that change starts at the church, and concludes at the church with the cross blazing. It is as if Favreau is telling the audience that the church and the faith represented by the church allows for the power to conquer the demons of life, but it also bring about the ultimate change each individual needs. It is at the cross where the town of Absolution finds the power to forgive.

I didn’t think I would like this movie as much as I did. It has everything, for those who love westerns and for those who love thrills and aliens, it has all one would want. In a summer with a lack-luster group of films, it takes over as my new favorite of the summer spot from Super 8. Cowboys and Aliens is a film I will see again. I suspect that for those who love spiritual symbolism in films, as well as a entertaining good time, they will enjoy Cowboys and Aliens.

How much did I like this movie, on a scale of 1 – 10, while the 13 letters in Cowboys and Aliens add up to the unlucky number of 13, I will transform that number to a number of perfection, a very deserving and entertaining 10.


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Waking Madison

Sometimes you see a movie that is pure entertainment, then other times a great comedy, there are the mysteries, and sometimes they surround themselves with a side of life we just can’t comprehend. We know when we see a good movie. Waking Madison is a good movie. It wraps itself in mystery so much it becomes difficult to tell others about it without giving away so much that it would damage or destroy the experience.

Madison is a young woman who has many struggles due in part to her childhood. She has developed Dissociative Identity Disorder. She has become tired of the things life has thrown her way and decides to get well. There are struggles in her recovery and there is more control in her life by others than she realizes. There are those involved in her recovery that we have various feelings for, some we like, some we don’t, but just like real life, there are things we like and don’t like in our own lives. It is as Madison realizes who she is that recovery has the potential to take place.

Waking Madison is not a movie for all people, one has to think and stick it out until the end to fully understand the story. It movie is unique, while some mysteries have an epiphany moment; this one has 2 or more, of which the last one in the closing moments, brings everything together. I credit the direction provided by Katherine Brooks. She has a talented cast to work around though including Elisabeth Shue who plays psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Barnes and Sarah Roemer who does a very nice job as Madison. Throw in a supporting cast of people like Will Patton and Taryn Manning and there is a quality cast of actors. In the special features Elisabeth Shue states it is the first time in 25 years of acting that she has ever been directed by a female director. This largely female cast delivers a powerful punch.

Director Brooks does an excellent job at developing the role of Madison which is largely based on her own life. In the journey of the movie, and it is a journey, we learn more about Madison with each step she takes. It is confusing as there is a hodgepodge of activities that has the viewer for the longest time wondering what is going on. As the script and characters develop there is in the conclusion of the film a moment where we totally understand what has been happening. It is done in such a way that for many they will want to go back and watch the film again to catch things they missed along the way. Unfortunately for many, I suspect they will stop the journey of the film and turn around and either turn off the DVD or quit watching all together. It is one of the things that make the tough times of the journey difficult, the process of getting to the end may not be fun, but once you get to the conclusion you will find rewards. The ending of the journey helps the viewer understand the journey and completing it proved satisfying for me.

There are times have a presumption of what others are like based on appearances. Unfortunately, the make-up of our personalities and the sometimes chemical imbalances that exist within the brains of some are things that are unseen and impact our wellness. This is especially true for those with mental illness. The need to love others, even those in our family, is something many take for granted. We don’t always realize how others will react to the love, or lack of love we give them. Neither do we understand the journeys that have brought them to the place they are in life. How people respond to the difficulties of life is different, I have always been impressed at how the mind adapts to the extreme pressures of life. Others look at how some do this as horrific, but in some situations I have learned to look at them as God given ways to deal and cope with the hardship. While on the surface some things seem like horrors, for others, it is as if God found a way to take that meant for evil and turned it around and used it for good.

Waking Madison is a movie that will either be liked or hated. I really liked it; of course I took the whole trip from beginning to end. I understood the themes being addressed because I have worked with people like Madison. This film is not easy to watch, and while it could have been more entertaining, I don’t know if it would have been as powerful. This is a drama in its purest form; it is story that is horrific and unfortunately all too real for many. Is it worth watching? You bet it is, but more importantly it is worth understanding.

While I really enjoyed this movie I don’t know I could say it is worth owning for many because it is difficult to watch at times. Certainly the hardest viewing is the first; the second is somewhat enlightening as to better understand the story and concept being presented, after that, it is hard to imagine this being a multiple viewing DVD. The ample special features which include interviews, deleted scenes, a director’s commentary and more are rather appropriate for mental health professionals and others with an interest in the subject matter. I can recommend it certainly for education purposes. There is quality story telling, a methodology of direction, and excellent acting. For film enthusiast, I think they will enjoy this well made, low budget, educational enlightening journey.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Disney's Have A Laugh, Volume 4

Disney is continuing its series Have A Laugh where it is redoing some of its classic cartoons, many of which have not been seen in some time. Their unique approach of releasing the DVD’s with updated music and quality re-mastering improvements to the original product has received quite a bit of praise. For the fans of classic Disney, the current release of Volume 4 will likely keep them happy.

I was actually quite pleased to see some of the older Disney pieces I hadn’t seen in some time, and a couple I had never seen. What I didn’t expect was a remix of some of the features using contemporary music as music styled videos. The transfer quality of the old footage was done quite well. The reproduction and editing with its usage of contemporary music while done nicely actually hindered my enjoyment of the cartoons using that style. The original cartoons with their original score were the highlight of the DVD’s.

One of the pleasures of the old Disney features is the reminder of the early and classic Disney. The characters, from Mickey Mouse to Pluto, and form Donald Duck to Goofy will bring back memories for many parents watching the with their children. Each character is a character many will know well and Disney and the early creators did an excellent job at maintaining character traits with each character over the years.

These old Disney cartoons bring back a seemingly time of innocence. One thing I fully expect them to do is to bring back memories and times where parents and young children can spend quality time together. There isn’t so much the concern of pressing social themes which seems to exist in many contemporary cartoons, there is instead an innocence which has as a primary purpose the desire to make one laugh.

While there is on the DVD what is called ‘Re-Micks’ which has the cartoons playing to contemporary music, I didn’t care for it. The real pleasure of this DVD is the original cartoons themselves. There are special features that are primarily marketing ploys using the same cartoons we see in remixed forms. I was rather let down and disappointed. Unfortunately, there just weren’t enough cartoons on the DVD.

If there had been a few more cartoons on the DVD, despite the issues regarding the remixes and adaptations to the cartoons, I would have been able to justify owning the product. The original cartoons were actually quite enjoyable and entertaining. There may be those who have enjoyed the series that will enjoy this more than I, but I imagine most would agree with my assessment. If looking for a good time with the kids this is an easy and fun hour. This DVD will bring back memories and provide children a taste of the past, a past that all too many parents will relate to.


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Monday, July 11, 2011

HBO’s Entourage, Season 7

In the last few months I have had the opportunity to watch and review two documentaries by Adrian Grenier. I first came to know of Grenier from his starring in the HBO television show, Entourage, a program about a movie star and those around him who helped make him a success. As much as I have enjoyed HBO series in the past, I had never seen an episode of Entourage. It was after viewing the documentaries, both very well done, that I realized I would like to see the series to see Grenier, not as a filmmaker, but to see him instead, as an actor. I recently had the opportunity to review Season 7 of Entourage on DVD and am glad I finally did.

The series Entourage is only 10 episodes long and starting out with Season 7 for me presented some concerns. I was pleasantly surprised at the availability to review the previous 6 seasons of the DVD on the special features in an overview format. I would recommend if getting this series to watch that you not make the same mistake I did, watch the previews before you start watching Season 7. They will catch you up enough to enjoy Season 7.

HBO has a knack for making quality television programs. They have led in Emmy nominations for a reason and many of their programs are in my opinion, as is the case for other pay cable networks such as Showtime, presenting better movies and/or entertainment than many theatrical releases. The excellent direction, the willingness to go places network programs are not willing to leads to and shows a side of real life many viewers appreciate. Here we see the life of a movie star and those around him. They are lives we would likely never know, but with Entourage we have an opportunity to step into that world, seeing the good, the bad, and yes, the ugly.

Now listen to this, or at least read carefully; It is likely that Entourage has the best ensemble cast of any program on television. There is not a weak character or actor on the show, from Vince, played by Granier to his brother Drama played by Kevin Dillon, and others in the cast such as Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, and from CBS’s Hawaii Five-0, Scott Caan. Each character is well developed and enjoyable to see on screen. What I especially appreciated is that we care because the actor or actress in their respective parts does such a good job.

In this season we see the downfall of Vince, his new girlfriend, and the continued self destruction of Ari played by Piven. Vince faces his own fears of life and his attempts at facing those fears have him lead into self-destructive behavior and making continued bad decisions. He becomes so focused on himself that he loses sight of his friends, and what is best for him. There are those to help him, and others who are there to hurt him and take advantage of him. This season plays out quite well the concepts of the need for friends, but the wisdom needed in choosing and listening to those friends.

One of the things that have made Entourage so well received is its realism to the world it represents. We see people strive for more, but ultimately, come back to the place where they realize family and friendship are among the most important things they will experience. It is family who are able to get through in most situations when a friend or loved one is going the wrong way and wrong direction. Of course there are times where one who cares doesn’t know if their efforts will be successful or not. They don’t know because sometimes it is also friends who don’t take seriously their responsibilities to each other. I am reminded in my faith of Jesus being asked the question, ‘Well am I my brothers keeper?’ Jesus more or less responds, ‘You bet you are!’ The truth is we all have a responsibility to each other, but the other truth as presented in this season, is that despite what others may try to do for us, or do to us, we are still responsible for our own actions. We see this in the life of Vince. While I would like to see the previous seasons of Entourage, in this season we see Vince struggle with his own issues, many of which are brought on by his own actions. From his relationship with a porn star, played by real porn star Sasha Grey, to his use of drugs and more, we see the decline of Vince’s character. Grenier does such a good job here that the viewer is torn between cheering for his recovery, to also realizing he can’t continue on in the way he is. For many, they likely have friends and/or family who have been in the same boat. Am I my brother’s keeper? I know I am! I only hope I respond to their needs quicker than I often do. In a world where we often times like to be critical of judging others, and when done inappropriately, rightfully so, we need to also remember, that without our calling into question the acts of those we love when they are acting in a dangerous, inappropriate way, we do more harm to allow them to continue their destructive ways when we sit back and do nothing than when we intervene. Sometimes, intervention, out of love is not only required, it is necessary.

I loved Entourage for a variety of reasons, it is well written, well directed, and the incorporation of truth and fiction into the story lines is amazing. The number of cameos in the series had me dumbfounded. There are so many it is difficult to count, from Mike Tyson to Eminem, and from Bob Saget to John Stamos, I have only begin to mention them. Even Sasha Grey plays herself and much of her real story is used as a backdrop to her character. The innovation of this type of programming is rather outstanding and entertaining. Each episode is shorter than expected and there aren’t enough episodes in a season, even for cable programming, that doesn’t take away from the quality of what we see. I must also make mention, there are some nice special features including commentaries, episode indexes, and more.

For those who are fans of the series, this is must own. It stands on its own for those who have not seen the show as long as they take the time to review the season previews. The series is good enough that I will personally be looking for additional seasons to own. I suspect that while some will not like the rawness and reality of the program, I did. I enjoy the craft of filmmaking and this program does an excellent job at showing the totality of the movie industry with some actors who do their craft very well. Of course, with the best ensemble cast I have seen in some time that is to be expected. HBO has a winner on its hands; unfortunately, word is there is only one more season in the books and a movie release based on the series. That gives new fans like me a little time to catch up and it will be something I look forward to.

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History Presents, America The Story Of Us, Rebels & Millennium

History, formerly known as The History Channel has become quite a force in cable networks. Not only are they presenting quality programs such as Pawn Stars, Pickers and more, they are producing quality programs that present a side of history that many need to be reminded of. While there are the controversial alien shows there are also examples such as the two recent programs, just released on DVD re from the series, America, The Story of US, including Rebels and Millennium. These two DVD’s present a side of history many should know, but unfortunately have either forgotten or didn’t learn.

Both DVD’s explore various stages of development in the United States. Rebels looks at the early stages of development that concludes with The Revolutionary war and Millennium look at recent history over the last hundred years, up to and including the space age and war on terror shortly thereafter the attacks on The World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Millennium also looks at how America became a world power and the reality of the timing of my viewing of this documentary wasn’t lost on me, that being, the same day as the last launch of the space shuttle.

History has done an excellent job at producing high quality programming that transfers to DVD in documentary format, from the excellent animation to quality reenactments and narration. The images on screen and scripting of both programs provide not only quality education, but quality entertainment. Rebels is the first part of a 12 part mini-series and Millennium the last. Each episode and DVD stands on its own.

In Rebels I especially enjoyed the aspects of history presented I didn’t know. One included the number of Blacks who fought for the United States during the Revolutionary War, and the speculation that the first Patriot killed was in fact, a black man. There is more though, one being the background of Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand von Steuben also known as Baron von Steuben. He was a General George Washington used to train troops and many credit as being the primary reason for the turn of events in the war. Few know of his historical contribution to America’s freedom. It is speculated that few know of him in part due to the fact that von Steuben was a ‘blatant homosexual.’ The understanding and reality that all people were involved in America’s freedom in this series is quite enlightening. Another surprise for many will also be the importance of Tobacco in early America.

In Millennium I was reminded of the pride many took in the space program and the role it played in a difficult time, especially the 1960’s and 70’s. There is a display of American Spirit and Pride that is admirable. It is likely one of the reasons many are now discouraged about the place America seems to be, especially with the recent, last launch of the space shuttle and apparent dissemination of NASA.

There is much from a historical perspective to like about both DVD’s. As I have gotten older I have learned to appreciate history, and the history presented here is not only educational, it reminds me of a time I lived, and the lack of truth in some of the things I was taught. There are reasons many have developed a focus on self as opposed to the collective spirit of a people, and nation. It is likely, in part, the intent to satisfy self, withholding truth, and presenting a history that excludes people we don’t like or understand that is a part of the reasoning we as a nation have the focus on self we do.

I can’t help but be reminded of the mighty things that can be accomplished by people coming together. For example, in only recent history have we started to explore the possibility of gays in the military, but, we forget, many historians credit a gay man with turning the troops around to win the Revolutionary War. These programs cause me to question, are we really inclusive as a nation, and have we so quickly forgotten what it was that inspired some to try and destroy our nation on September 11, 2001? That is the power of programming like this, especially when done in a thought provoking way. We are forced to think beyond ourselves.

The fear of forgetting our past not only transcends in nationalism, but also on the same type of thing from a faith perspective. For those of us who have had faith experiences that changed our lives, do we get so caught up in ourselves that we forget about the people we once were, our history, and the truths of our past? Many will say no, while at the same time, ignoring those around them who have walked in the same shoes we have, thankfully, some will remember and see the similarities and be challenged to help others. They will come together as opposed to isolating in their spiritual walk.

I appreciated these two documentaries, and while they are worth owning, I can’t highly recommend them as they are simply presentations of the television show, without commercials, but with nothing beyond what was on television. I would have liked some special features but unfortunately got none. I would have preferred more than a rehashing of the television shows, but unfortunately that was all I got. While these DVD’s are of benefit to those who didn’t see the program, it provides little to those who did see them or perhaps taped it for their own usage. There are educational benefits for the classroom if used there, but their use will challenge what some have been taught from a revisionist perspective of history.

What is of use beyond this is the search for truth within our own lives and practices. Not only from a historical perspective related to nationalism, but from a perspective related to our individualism. So much of history mirrors our experiences and in some ways, shapes our personalities. An understanding of the history and times some of us grew up in can help us have a better understanding of ourselves. I have learned to appreciate that, unfortunately, I think some are so into themselves that they will care less about truth and what shaped them and our country. I could be wrong though, and on that point, I hope I am.

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Deliver Us From Evil

Sometimes a movie you don’t expect much from will surprise you, when that surprise produces quite possibly one of the best directed, acted, thrilling, mesmerizing scripts you have ever seen that surprise is more than just a surprise, it is a memorable moment that sticks with you days, and even weeks, months and years after the viewing. Deliver Us From Evil the Danish film directed by Ole Bornedal is one of the best films I have seen in some time, and deserving of moving into my top 25 of all time, maybe even higher.

Deliver Us From Evil is the story of two brothers, one who has moved back into his quaint Danish town with his wife and children. It seems as if for the one brother everything goes right. The second brother is one where it seems as if everything goes wrong. Jens Andersen who plays the bad brother of Lars seemingly has a horrific accident where he tries to pass the accident off on another. As a result people are blamed for things they may not have done and this working class small town, used to drunken escapades from its town’s people decides to take revenge on an innocent family. In the process, the concepts of faith and decency are challenged with the precept that all persons, even people of seemingly strong Christian beliefs, are challenged with the reality that certainly the potential of evil, if not evil itself dwells within each person.

Deliver Us From Evil opens with quality filmmaking. The opening sequence reminds me stylistically of the noted Richard Attenborough shots of what is called long shots, without any cutaways or edits. The cinematography in this film is simply put, breathtaking. There is more about the direction of Ole Bornedal though. His use of edits, music and quite possibly one of the most unique usages of sound I have seen in a movie in quite some time is cinematic genius. One of the usages of sound he uses is silence, at times when we would expect noise, or harsh reality we hear silence. In one horrific scene towards the end of the movie there are the images of a horrific event, with no sound other than the birds chirping in the background. Deliver Us From Evil has caused me to search out more work from Bornedal because his work is that good.

Deliver Us From Evil starts off with the bad brother, Lars, making a delivery on a delivery truck. Along the way, he has an accident. In his attempt to hide his responsibility in the accident he gets a Bosnian immigrant who has faced his own horrific events to drive the truck as to appear as if he was the one involved in the accident. The Bosnian, Alain works for his brother and family. When the tragedy comes to the awareness of the town’s people, they go after Alain. Lars Brother, Johannes, takes in Alain to protect him. The owner of the truck company, Ingvar, played by Morgens Pederesen, is a highly religious man following in the footsteps of his wife, who is known as one of the most Christian women of the village. Morgens has an evil side though, and before long, many of the good people of the small community is moved to evil in order to execute what they believe is just vengeance.

One of the things we see in Deliver Us From Evil is each character change from their original impression on screen to become a different person at the conclusion of the movie. Where there is the impression of evil from the start, we see that character eventually show some positive traits, we also see characters perceived as good, become evil. Bornedal presents in a provocative way the potential of evil and its impact. The development of these characters is mesmerizing and thought provoking.

Deliver Us From Evil using as a backdrop to its story the exploration of evil, specifically in reference to what is commonly referred to as The Lords Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Bornedal explores the concept of where evil come from. He presents that there is the potential of evil in each person, and it is more easily accessed than we think. What happens once evil is released is presented in a powerful, horrific, thrilling way that leaves the viewer thinking about what they have seen on screen for some time; for me days after the initial viewing. The importance of protecting ones self from the evil in others and especially the potential of evil within ones self has an impact that will either have us being grateful for the decisions we make, or regretting them and hopefully moving on to something better.

I loved this movie and its power. While there is something I suspect many will dislike, I have held back mentioning it up to this point to hopefully create interest in the film and the willingness of others to see it. For some though, they will have difficulty with the subtitles. While the film is subtitled, it is done so in an interesting way that is easy to read and keep caught up. I love film that incorporates faith perspectives in a real, thought provoking way. While there are harsh realities in this film, from nudity, to language, and even a harsh rape scene, the movie presents in a real way, the dangers of evil and the potential for people to do evil. Sometimes we fight battles around the world without seeing the evil in our own backyards.

One of the things I appreciate, especially in DVD’s is the special features and Deliver Us From Evil delivers. From the Making of Feature to deleted scenes and more, there are things to learn about this movie from watching the features. One thing to learn is the intent of Bornedal regarding the themes of the movie. While many are skeptical of the connection between the religious parallels and themes of a movie, if taking time to watch and listen, especially the commentaries, one will often times find they are not simple illusions they are concepts strongly intended by the makers of the film. There was nothing I didn’t like about this movie; it was as perfect a movie as I have seen in a very long time. It is certainly a movie that entertains but also causes one to think and contemplate on important themes surrounding life.

While Deliver Us From Evil may not be for everyone, it was for me a movie worth owning. It is for a mature audience which appreciates character development, thematic events, quality filmmaking, and good storytelling. If you fit into that audience, this is a must own. If you don’t, at least give it a shot via rental, who knows, you may find yourself liking film the way it should be made, with genius and intelligence.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Immigration Tango

Sometimes you see the advance reviews on a movie and they are so bad you say to yourself, ‘Those reviews are so bad I don’t know why I would bother to waste my time watching this.’ Unfortunately for some like me who do movie reviews, we get stuck seeing those movies. When this happens and the movie is bad, it doesn’t matter how much fun people think it is reviewing movies. Of course there are times that one finds out things aren’t nearly as bad as those reviews have stated. When you have the opportunity to see it with an audience and the audience claps at the end of the movie, you know it is possible some of those high brow movie reviewers need to get a life. Immigration Tango is such a movie. While it isn’t a classic in cinema, it is a rather entertaining crowd pleaser that had the audience I was watching it with laughing and clapping at the end of the movie.

Immigration Tango has a rather predictable premise, four friends, two couples, one of the couples not US citizens and in threat of deportation. The couples plan a fake marriage to prevent deportation. Elena Dubrovnik is from Russia and her fiancĂ© Carlos is from Guatemala. Elena, played by Elika Portnoy agrees to marry friend, Mike to obtain citizenship. Carlos, played by Carlos Leon, decides to move in with Mike’s girlfriend so they can later pull of the same scheme. What ensues is easy to predict but as bad as this movie is at times, it is innocent and fun enough to make it entertaining.

As is the case with most low budget films there is not the use of popular music in the soundtrack. Much of the music is from indie bands and some of them are quite good. The acting isn’t the best but it isn’t half bad. The character of Elena played by Portnoy has an innocence about her that makes the part work. There is actually some decent acting and funny moments, not of the belly laugh variety, but the cute, this is fun type. Much of that is provided by Carlos Leon. Then for every comedic moment you need a straight actor to play off of. In this, McCaleb Burnett who plays the part of Mike White also does a decent job. I have to also give credit to a decent job of direction provided by David Burton Morris. He has a not so bad script by Martin L. Kelley. It is the cute factor of this movie that keeps it from being half bad and Morris understands that.

While this isn’t a half bad movie, as stated earlier, it is predictable. As the characters spend time with each other, you can predict the things that happen. In a crazy sort of way though, even though it is predictable, it is entertaining. One of the things that add a little to the comic relief is the investigation by Immigration Agent Ravencourt played quite nicely by veteran character actress Avery Sommers.

One of the things that Immigration Tango does quite nicely is it addresses the aspect of marriage. We see two individuals in a marriage of convenience recognize and speak about the real issues related to marriage. There is a since of morality with one couple that prevents them from acting on the desire to see the other nude. In a world where many have little respect for what some call the ‘institution’ of marriage the director plays to this with a measure of respect. I couldn’t help but think of how in America, it seems as if our society says it marries out of love, but I have to question, do we? With the divorce rate as high as it is, we have to ask, where the love is. One of the things I appreciated is that as two of the characters spend more time with each other, there is a mutual respect that develops and there is a time where love happens. We see that love isn’t based on sex, or other areas that many associate it with; it is based on spending time together, learning the other’s interest, liking the other, and then, ultimately the physical relationship can develop.

Immigration Tango is not a great movie, but it isn’t a bad movie. It is entertaining with some laughs and some cute moments. It isn’t what I would consider a DVD worth owning but it is one I would feel comfortable recommending renting. It could be a fun date movie, and while rated R it wasn’t offensive to me. There aren’t many special features on the DVD other than a Filmmaker Commentary, which features the director and cast, and a theatrical trailer. I suspect most seeing this won’t be into the features anyway. It will still provide an entertaining evening for some. As stated earlier, I watched this with a number of friends on the big screen projection unit. It transferred well and the 40 or so friends watching it with me, applauded, laughed and had a good time. I suspect their recommendation will speak for itself.

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Michael Flatley Returns As Lord Of The Dance

I’ve got to tell you, sometimes movies are released and I have to wonder, why would anyone buy that? This is especially true for documentary types of movies which present various stage shows. One of the stage shows I have wondered about, and not in a really good way, is The Lord of The Dance. This last year I took the time to watch The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and my negative views regarding shows of this type was reinforced. With an appealing box cover, very nice reputable reviews, I decided to check out the new release of Michael Flatley Returns as The Lord of the Dance. This DVD did a world of good at changing my opinions of programs like this, not just a little, but enough so that I was up myself trying to dance and replicate the moves to the astonishment of my wife, and the delight of my granddaughter.

In the opening scenes of the presentation Michael Flatley speaks of how he wanted his stage production to be spectacular, complete with precision that took a year or more for some sequences to be practiced and worked on. Flatley speaks openly about how he desired to have a production that rivaled any Rock ‘N’ Roll concert in the world. Technically, from the dance moves, to the production value of the DVD including sound, he has done just that. This particular DVD, while viewed in standard format is hard to imagine being any better in a Blu-ray rendition, the vibrant colors, pounding sounds, and clarity of the taps on stage are simply put, Outstanding!

For lack of a better comparison this DVD is a ‘Rock Opera.’ Presented throughout is a story told by dance and music. The staging for the performance was one of the things that surprised me along with the quality of the musicians who participate with the show. While most videos of this type don’t transition well to the screen, this one does quite well. I fully expected the dancing to get monotonous but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of entertainment from the various dances throughout the performance.

Many have unfortunately developed a distorted view of dance. Much of this perspective derives from some of the still existing old school religious views. I have to wonder, have those people ever read the full story of King David in the Bible? I can’t help but imagine King David dancing a good Irish style jig, or as my wife calls it, Irish Clogging. There is something that touches people when they see another enjoying life and celebrating. For those of us who have bodies that are capable of celebration, we should celebrate. Some of us know, that includes virtually every human on the planet. There are those who use their gifts to touch and bless others and that is certainly true with the cast for the stage production of The Lord of the Dance.

There is also something to be said for excellence and Michael Flatley has certainly given the example of excellence in the performances presented on screen. Unfortunately many of us settle on mediocrity, with movies and performances like we see on this DVD we should all be moved to excel in the things we do. For those who have a faith worth celebrating, this is a wonderful reminder that not only should we be willing to touch others with our lives, but we should do so with excellence.

I was pleasantly surprised with this DVD. I was surprised enough so that I can say without hesitation; if owning one program that displays dance, you could do no better than The Lord Of The Dance. The DVD is loaded with some nice special features that range from The Making Of to various Deleted Scenes. Michael Flatley Returns As Lord of the Dance is a tour de force of entertainment. It surprisingly entertains enough that I for one will be in line to buy tickets to the next live show that comes to my area. I suspect that anyone who enjoys good entertainment, with a rollicking good time will enjoy this DVD just as much as I did. In a world where we see fake recommendations on a DVD box, it is nice to see a box loaded with appropriate and truthful statements as to the quality of a product. This one is every bit as good as the credits on the box say it is, watch it and see for your self. Own it and watch it again and again, rent it and you will find yourself regretting the additional costs once you go to buy it.

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Taken From Me, The Tiffany Rubin Story

With Taken From Me, The Tiffany Rubin Story, Lifetime Television continues its high standard of releasing important made for television movies. As is the case with the recent release of Bringing Ashley Home, Taken From Me is a true story that expresses important societal issues. In this particular story, we see the struggles of a divorced mother who has her child taken from her to another country by the child’s father. While the couple was never actually married, there are custody issues, some that transcend national borders that make recovery difficult. Approximately 1,700 children are involved in international custody disputes and while one would think answers to these problems would be easy to solve, this Lifetime movie shows that for many, not only is it difficult, it is near impossible.

As is the case in many made for television movies, we shouldn’t expect cinematic release types of effects and quality. While this is a true story, Lifetime does a good job at presenting a quality cast with an emphasis on story and drama, not special effects.

Taken From Me starts off with us seeing Tiffany Rubin, played by Academy Award Nominee, Taraji, P. Henson, and her new husband playing and interacting with her child, Kobe from a previous relationship. Tiffany has moved on and has an obvious love and passion for her child, what is also obvious is her new husband also has a deep love for him. Despite concerns expressed by her mother, Belzora, played by Beverly Todd from The Bucket List, Tiffany decides to let Kobe’s father spend a week with him on a trip to Disneyland. While there are warning signs from the start, Tiffany decides to give her child’s father the benefit of the doubt. What results is him taking the child to South Korea and not returning the child. What results for Tiffany and her family is the long battle to get her son back. Despite the child’s father being in violation of United States law, South Korea doesn’t see it that way. The lack of help from the State Department has Tiffany ultimately turning to Mark Miller, the organizer of a group called The American Association for Lost Children, a real organization. Miller, played by Terry O’Quinn from Lost, provides assistance to get her son back.

Taken From Me shows the heartache and struggles that families go through when seemingly impossible situations strike. We see the struggles of not just the mother, but also Kobe’s grandmother and his mothers husband Chris. In one powerful scene we see the struggle of relationship between Chris and Tiffany as Chris has to remind her of what a real father is. He has been there for Kobe, playing catch, swinging at the playground, praying with at bed time and more. He challenges her; ‘aren’t these the ‘things that make a real father.’ While Taken From Me is drama and dialog driven, the story weaves and flows nicely while maintaining the interest of the viewer.

Taken From Me is filled with spiritual overtones. In the beginning we see the reluctance of Tiffany to accept spiritual solutions despite the strong involvement and encouragement from her mother to trust, depend on, and lean on the church. Tiffany has had bad experiences with church though; the last thing she wants is to depend on an organization which will let her down once again. To the credit of the church represented in this movie, they take Tiffany under their wings, offering help and solutions even when she refuses to accept them. That doesn’t stop the church though, while many churches would give up, this church doesn’t. They continue to pray, provide support for the grandmother, and offer love, and prayers for Tiffany. It is in fact the church that recommends the individual Mark Miller who will ultimately go out of his way to provide hope for Tiffany. As Miller and the church continue to love those unwilling to accept love, Tiffany ultimately gives in. She accepts the help of Miller and gives in to thanking the church and praying with members of the church prior to her departure for South Korea to attempt a risky and dangerous rescue of her son.

I was impressed with Lifetimes approach at showing the positive contributions of some churches. Lifetime is a network that sometimes garnishes the disdain of certain religious groups yet the presentation here was as strong a positive commentary on the church as anything I have seen in sometime, on any level, including so called ‘christian’ movies.

I liked Taken From Me, The Tiffany Rubin Story quite a bit. As is the case of many movies released by Lifetime on DVD, I wish they would add special features to their DVD’s, especially the movies that are based and inspired by true events. Essentially all you get here is the movie, nothing else, but as much as I dislike that, I like the movie enough to state it is worth owning, not just viewing. I can imagine there will be ample opportunities to watch this movie again with friends and discuss the situations in the movie. With organizations like AAFLC, Lifetime could be doing a world of good, not by just making good movies, but providing information about the organizations in the movies. I hope that Lifetime gets it; they obviously make good and valuable movies. Now as I have said before, if they can just do a little more and do good.

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Interview with the star from Taken From Me, The Tiffany Rubin Story
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