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January 27 2008

Sarah Michelle Gellar the expectation slayer. SMG gets the full page treatment in the "Now" section of the Sunday NY Daily News. Looks like she's still heading off to Africa soon with CARE.

[ edited by zeitgeist on 2008-01-27 17:44 ]

Could it be that bad? I've never read such abysmal reviews for a film that intrigued me as much as this one. Individual characters as singular emotions to (try to) build a whole? How lovely and how very Chinese. Sounds great to me.

Maybe I just connect too personally and literally with the way SMG(P) describes it? "The idea is that until you've known great sorrow, you can't really understand great happiness and pleasure... Until you've known great happiness and pleasure, you don't really know how to get through those deep, sorrowful moments. That's what makes us who we are." How awful. How awful, and how true.

/sigh. I guess the idea can be lovely and the execution fall short. Still might give this a go.
I am also interested in the movie; at the very least it will be something different and not yet another re-imagining of something we have seen before on American television or in film. Take movie reviews with a grain of salt. This is not to say that I don't find myself lining up pretty well with a couple of reviewers, but I never agree a hundred percent with anyone. In the end, the art is only as good as what it means to the person to whom it is presented.
That wasn't the best review and the film still got 2 out of 4 stars which shows it wasn't regarded as being all that bad. It has also gotten some really good reviews. As ever, they are to be taken with a pinch of salt anyway as they're just one person's opinion. I personally really enjoyed the film and would recommend checking it out. Needless to say, my opinion is of far more value... ;)

[ edited by Impossible on 2008-01-27 22:15 ]
I just saw the film yesterday. I flew to New York solely to see the movie. And it was worth both the time and the money. It's a fantastic film, Sarah and the rest of the cast shine, the music is great, and the story intriguing. I believe it will be one of the, if not the best film of 2008. I'm sorry it didn't get a wider release, especially with all the crap that is released nationwide. You'd think that with such a great cast.... Oh well.

If you're close by (or willing to fly), go see it. I doubt that you'll regret it.
I too just saw the film today and was thoroughly engrossed. Critics are panning it as bad art. But I liked it as good entertainment. The movie is engrossing and I got emotional watching it. Which is a good thing since the movie is about feelings. It worked for me because the people in the story are emotional so it gets to you as the viewer. So on that level and that level alone it was a satisfying hour and a half. And all the actors are great in it.

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