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March 16 2011

"Beautiful Boy" trailer co-starring Alan Tudyk. Check out the trailer for the drama "Beautiful Boy," co-starring our very own Alan Tudyk. The film opens in limited release on May 20, 2011.

Take it this is consistence of Colbumbine? Think that wound is still too open to explore right now.
Interesting that we've had at least two movies that have explored 9/11 head-on, but not a single fictionalized account of Columbine that happened two years prior.

... Is Columbine really more controversial or contentious than the first successful terrorist attack on American soil?
Why make movies about these events at all? For history's sake? Then why not make a documentary? I'm not sure that I'd want my life splashed up on the screen like that, if my family was involved in such a heartbreaking event.

But then, I don't get how anyone can watch a Saw movie, or 127 hours, and find it enjoyable, so yeah.
I think you can make a movie about everything. Sometimes a movie is not made to be enjoyable. The best ones make us think, make us feel.
Actually, a number of fictional films have been made about Columbine. "April Showers" (and it is a drama, rather than a documentary) was written and directed by someone who was actually a student at Columbine and present for the events. "Elephant" is Gun Van Sant's take on it. And there's a movie starring Robin Wright - can't remember the title - that is obviously about Columbine. I'm sure I'm forgetting some others. They just haven't been as high-profile as the 9/11 ones.

People make these movies for exactly the same reason as people post here when we're upset about something we've seen or read about: discussing it - and filmmakers "discuss" by making films - is how we deal with it. IMHO, of course.
So, I didn't actually see Alan Tudyk in this trailer. Where is he and who is he playing?
Shapenew, "Elephant" may be inspired by Columbine and other school shootings, but it does not take place at Columbine on April 20, 1999 featuring both Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

Therefore, I still (mostly) stand by my post that there really hasn't been any or at least hardly any films made actually based on or about that event.
From the trailer: the mother (played by Maria Bello), to one of her son's (the killer's) younger siblings, "Sometimes good people do bad things...by mistake". The sentence as a whole'll have folks having a healthy debate to begin with, but the last two words'll likely have viewers polarized.

Looks like a good performance piece. Haven't seen anything that's tackled it quite like that yet.

Ivaline, 127 Hours is worth it for the incredible performance of James Franco. It's also worth it for one of its underlying messages that'd kinda spoil the film for me to point out (yeah, I know, it's based on a real life event that's well known enough that I can't spoil what happened, but I'd be spoiling the feel and point of the film). There was, for me, one uncomfortable scene, but it's not nearly as hard to watch as some of the fictional gore I've come across (and it's not really gorey--they barely show it, post-amputation--nor is it gore for gore's sake, it's about the measures we'll go to to survive, the strength that our sense of self-preservation can provide us).

127 Hours doesn't deserve to be lumped in with the Saw films. Not the same breed, not created to provoke the same kinds of reactions/responses out of their audiences.

Elephant is worth a watch (and yeah, it's a Gus Van Sant film right down to his trademark clouds, plus fitting a bit of homo/bisexuality in there in a couple spots. Just watched it recently, haven't gone on IMDB or anything to discuss it, dunno if that material related to bullying or just highschool life in general, whether it relates to Columbine [were the two killers lovers?]). Worth a watch. Worth it for what it might make you feel, what it might make you consider (I won't lie though, the first death is a gut punch. It's a grim little affair, as merciless and pull-no-punches as the killers themselves. There're glimpses of the best of us in there--the odd student or two who went back to help their peers, the teacher or two that hung back--or is that just foolish? See, up to the viewer to decide--and the main blonde kid that runs around the outside of the building warning people, while searching for and fearing for his father). We should watch difficult films from time to time. There's way too much turning a blind eye to this stuff/chronic compartmentalization going on among the majority of people, of forgetting about it a week/month/year after it's happened. Don't revel in the tragedy constantly, but don't shy away from it.

Tons of people follow the news, let's use my mom for example. She watches and she's horrified at the sad/gorey stuff (she especially obsesses about local murders--I choose not to. Unless the story is unique in some way, I don't need to know about the umpteenth shooting or knifing victim of the year, there's little new to glean from those). Then the next day or week, it's onto the next round. Or it's a slow news week. But when I engage her in conversation about some of these things (let's say, Virginia Tech, or gay marriage rights, or any of the bigger stories in thew news), it's clear that she's only gleaning the surfacey stuff from these stories, she's not taking time to consider them further or challenge her own perceptions on what it means, how/why that tragedy or that controvery may've come about. Which...I wanna say is fine, we're all free to take what we will from these stories...but I can't help feeling it leaves us all a little poorer if all some of us are doing is taking a glance, rather than a long hard look.

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