Recently, I was talking to someone about who I thought were the best child actors when I was also a child. Two that really stood out to me were Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazello, and one film those two were in together was called Radio Flyer. Then I was reminded about the uniqueness of this film. Instead of reviewing the film, I wanted to have an open discussion about the ending. It deals with a tough issue; child abuse. What I’ve noticed is the way that the film ends is interpreted many different ways, and the filmmakers never came forward to say what was right and wrong. I’m interested in hearing everyone’s opinions on it. How did you interpret the ending? Obviously spoiler alerts will follow.. For those of you who haven’t seen the film, the basic premise is this: Two young boys, Mikey (Wood) and Bobby (Mazello) move in with their single mother and her boyfriend, who refers to himself as ‘The King’. It doesn’t take long for The King to start physically abusing Bobby, and the
It's the first TMP of the month and you know what that means - It's Oscar edition! This week we're talking about two categories. Cinematography and Visual Effects. Honestly, has there been an Oscar category I've bitched about more on this blog than Visual Effects? Nothing I ever want to win does. I'm constantly mad about it, but I'll do my best to find 3 winners that I actually like. Cinematography is easier, I normally love that category. My biggest hurdle was the fact that I picked some of the movies I would've talked about here already. Here's what I came up with. The first three for Cinematography, the last three for visual effects. 1) Pan's Labyrinth - I love that this movie was nominated for so many Oscars, but I especially love that it won this. It was so beautiful and frightening. 2) There Will Be Blood - I recently re-watched this again and I can't help but admire just how expertly this was shot. 3) American Beauty - I still love thi
This week's Halloween Theme from Wandering Through The Shelves are those horror movies that are based on true stories. Just like last week, there's lots to choose from. Here are some of my favorites. 1) The Amityville Horror (2005) I swear I don't just like this because of the gratuitous shot of Ryan Reynolds sans shirt, but for a story as creepy as Amityville, I think this is a very successful horror thriller. 2) The Conjuring I took way to long to finally watch this movie based on real life paranormal investigators but it was absolutely worth the wait. This is one of the best horror movies I've ever seen, and it's crazy intense without being gory or relying on near constant jump scares. 3) The Exorcism of Emily Rose I've said this before, but Emily Rose is one of the best PG-13 horror movies out there. It's part courtroom drama, part horror and it's very creepy. The shot of Jennifer Carpenter all contorted on her dorm room floor always gets me.