‘The Giver’ what happens when we destroy what makes us human

Jeff Bridges, left, and Brenton Thwaites star in "The Giver" (©The Weinstein Company)

 The word "dystopian" has always intrigued me. The easy definition is that it means "anti-utopian," but it sets up too facile a dichotomy because life never reaches the utopian ideal except in dreams, books and movies. If anything, dystopian means post-apocalyptic, which most often brings us into the realm of science fiction. A once acceptable world, however imperfect, has self-destructed or suffered destruction from outside forces, or a combination of the two. Whatever is left is … [Read more...]

“Chasing Mavericks” bio of surfing legend Jay Moriarity

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 As a kid, Jay Moriarty loved to watch the waves. He timed the swells and figured out a way to predict the waves that will be good enough to surf.When he is 15, Jay (Jonny Weston) asks his neighbor and surfing hero Frosty  Hesson (Gerard Butler), to teach him to ride the surf break known as the mavericks, the legendary gigantic waves off the coast of northern California. Frost reluctantly agrees but only if Jay will work a “program” while in training.Jay’s father has left the … [Read more...]

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader opens today

“The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, based on the 1952 novel by C.S. Lewis, is the best film of this latest franchise interpreting the fantasy series -- and the first in 3D.The cinematography is gorgeous and the fusion of CGI (computer generated images) and real characters seamless. Even more outstanding is the script that never stalls and blends characters, plot, and themes in ways that entertain and inspire. Directed by Michael Apted, “Dawn Treader” reflects a marked … [Read more...]


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