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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Review

Nostalgia’s a real tough bitch to calm.  No matter how deep down in the landfills the past gets, we seem preset to look back on it as a beautiful night of snowfall.  The only problem is that that those snowflakes bring frigid air and terrible living conditions with them.  Hardly a reconcilable trade-off.

But like an ever-traditional opening to a pathetically sarcastic-yet-serious article, my point is that some of us wish the past could be relived.  This exact feeling is what drove home the Chbosky novel-turned-film The Perks of Being a Wallflower for me.  A tale of a high school freshman meets high school seniors (we all know how probable that is), the film wastes literally no time assuring us this isn’t another shallow attempt at coming of age.  Rather, with a proper use of narration to show and tell us what’s going on–as well as what formerly happened, we’re taken on a gradual journey that refuses to let go.

It might seem a crazy comparison, but I’d group The Perks of Being a Wallflower with films like Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy in that there comes a point you just don’t want it to end.  Instead of making your viewing a visit, you want it to be a permanent stay.  Exactly like those twisted lies that are your memories.  Speaking of which, without specifically giving anything away, this becomes a bit of a recurring theme, though not initially in the way the film lets on.

The characters here are about as authentic as they can get, nailing all sorts of personality types and (not so) general cutouts.  Looking back, it’s a movie I’m not quite sure which character I liked the most.  I mean yeah, I know which two I identify with the most, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best characters, per se.  And this is just part of what makes the film so strong, resonate and memorable.  That is, there’s always someone to root for and think about from more than just an observational standpoint.  It’s also proof that not all young people are thin-layered embodiments of stereotypes; most people aren’t.  This film, much like a (good) John Hughes picture, does justice to the conflicts of the more inexperienced but equally human individuals.

 
 

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Weekly Stumblings (9/24)

Mondays suck, but I’m here to make them suck just a bit less.  Besides, we’ve officially entered the first days of Fall, so that’s something to look forward to.  Assuming pumpkin and candy corn flavors and themes are to your liking of course.  But we’ll get to those some other time.  For now, you can dwell on the latest crop of my weekly stumblings.  Enjoy!

A Line: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/8gpkfZ/www.barcinski-jeanjean.com/entries/line3d/index.html

Slot Sofa: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/A3Bhys/www.behance.net/gallery/Slot-Sofa/3572015

Depth of Field Test: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2hkzAx/mrdoob.com/lab/actionscript/pv3d/dof/05/

Pop Culture Ice Creams (if Ben & Jerry’s want to completely dominate the ice cream market, they’d better incorporate these flavors, both permanently and nation-wide.  Or they could do them regardless just to be awesome): http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1yqT32/jonnyetc.prosite.com/18214/220082/home/pop-culture-ice-creams

A Game of Love: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2l2BOl/home.scarlet.be/~bbonte/portal/love.html

47 (More) Brilliant Advertisements: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2npMLZ/www.rsvlts.com/2012/08/04/brilliant-advertisements-photos/

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized

 

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Quote Review: Titanic (1997)

“You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you.”

Love it or hate it, James Cameron’s Titanic is still here and will continue to leave a strong impression on its viewers.  At the very least, it’s a mesmerizing and often thrilling piece of work, even before the iceberg sets peril in-motion.  Even when the dialogue and script don’t work to the film’s benefit, the stars, sets and overall production take advantage of what’s available.  As it turns out, what’s available with this film is quite a lot which, combined with the still impressive and epic sinking sequences and spectacle, makes this a theatrical experience you won’t want to miss (whether in 3D or not).

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quote Review: Miller’s Crossing (1990)

“When I’ve raised Hell, you’ll know it.”

Miller’s Crossing is one of those rare treats that demands complete attention and, in exchange, drills repeatedly into your mind with every scene. The experience of simultaneous entertainment and heightened tension is so incredible that it makes you want to immediately return. That is, of course, if you can recoil fast enough.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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