A MOVIE REVIEW OF YOURS
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002
From: "Gerben Meijer"
I just finished watching Traffic (didn't catch it all - it was on
tv here and missed some of the first part). i went on searching for
reviews on it and also came across your review. I was wondering if
you had ever seen Requiem of a Dream. I couldn't find it in the reviews
anywhere, and was wondering what your opinion is on that particular
I read your review of K-Pax. Wonderful movie
isnt it? I was wondering if you are familiar with the books of Jakob
Lorber (http://www.j-lorber.com/) since the words I read in his writings
appeal the most to me in regards to the underlying message in K-Pax.
might come all out of the blue, but if you have some time, I'd appreciate
it if you could let me know what you think. I'm really interested
in your thoughts on this :)
Thank you in advance.
Beauty and Traffic
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2001
From: "Steve Forsyth"
revisited this film again after seeing the movie Traffic. I think
it's interesting the contradictions coming from the same industry
(Hollywood - yes I know they are from different studios, but it's
the same industry in the end). In Traffic, though the film makers
atemted to remain mostly neutral in their views, still they showed
the dark reality of drugs and the evil that comes from it - certainly
an anti-drug film. Yet, look at American Beauty from a few years
earlier. The catlyst for the freeing of Kevin Spacey was has embarkment
into drug use. The one 'grounded" character amidst all the fake
people was the drug dealer. Drugs in this film are a positive thing.
tried defending this film for awhile from the harsher critics, claiming
the film was trying to show us ourselves in a way that might cause
us to change some of our thinking. But I really regret that now.
I think a much better film could have been made with all the same
elements but without unnecessary nudity (meant to arouse) and showing
more definite harm coming from the drug use and total self-indulgence
of Spacey's character. As it is, Spacey is 'freed' when he leaves
responsibility. A most irresponsible message, I think.
I don't think the intent of the filmmakers was to turn us all into
pedophiliac, drug-using, family churning people - but I think he
should have been a little clearer with just what was wrong with
The final scene as metaphor for the whole movie
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001
ends with a little league baseball game. Each batter gets on base
after one pitch -- the pitching and fielding are mediocre at best.
As the scene ends, the bases are loaded and the pitcher is trying
to intimidate the runners back to base instead of allowing the steal.
We never see the next batter swing, but he's coming to the plate
and it looks like he might just knock in a run or two. Likewise,
the dealers, users and cartels are "outplaying" the government and
parents. However, the government and parents don't give up. They
just keep "pitching and fielding," intimidating and waving back
the drug forces the best they can. The film's open ending and the
scene's open ending both leave us wondering "How long until this
game is over? It could be a long night. Will the offense bring in
some of those runners on base out ther? Will the defense stop them
any time soon? Even if they're stopped this inning, what will happen
next inning?" This could sound trite, but my theory is: there are
very few scenes left to chance in a Hollywood film. This is a fully
LIFE AT A TIME
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001
saw Traffic tonight. I'm so deeply moved I came home and turned
my computer on immediately. What an incredibly well-done film.
moved me the most spiritually was the scene where Robert Wakefield
finally finds his daughter. I thought to myself THAT is our God.
Though Robert had to painfully learn grace and involved love for
his daughter, our Lord has always been that to us, wading into the
nakedness, shame and heartbreak of our sin and rescuing us, searching
for us desperately, such an important man, such an important God,
leaving it all to come and find us. When Robert sent the john out
of the room with fierce anger, and moved toward his daughter with
heartwrenching compassion, I could only think of how God is also
fiercly protective of that which would harm us, and in turn reaches
out to us with the heart of a passionately involved and caring father.
What a tragedy that we don't often respond as easily as Caroline
did, but instead turn our heads or try to cover our sin, fearing
rejection. She didn't even seem surprised to see him, but simply
looked utterly relieved and said "hi Daddy."
too noticed a cross in the final scene but not on the wall. It was
on the podium Caroline was standing behind; there must have been
two. I think it was supposed to be a church. I thought to myself
that though it is obvious that governments and law enforcement must
fight the cartels and pushers - both the elite and the small fry
- drugs are not going away any more than prostitution is. For the
Carolines, when one cartel is dissolved, she can still find her
drugs. Her life is not changed or healed. To me, the "real" heroes
are those amazing individuals that work everyday with people like
Caroline, people so desperately trying to get their lives together.
I thought it was very significant when Robert said on the plane,
"why isn't treatment here? Make a note to find out why treatment
victory is won one life at a time...
TO THE BITTER END
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001
From: Gordon Scott
being rescued from a life not much unlike a figure that might have
been portrayed in the movie, felt it was a compelling and moving
one who knows all to well, the world being portrayed, I can tell
you this movie does a very good job of getting to the essence of
the desperation and futility in the lifes of all of those it characterizes.
an extremely sad movie, when realizing that it is so true. It hurts
to know its still real, yesterday today and tomorrow. Day in and
day out all over north america, this movie is being replayed in
the lives of real human beings. It is a painful reminder of the
anguish the population endures on an hourly basis, because none
of us is immune and we all know someone who has been touched and
hurt by this scourge.
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001
From: Trey Harris
Traffic the other night. Not a feel good movie at all, but one well
worth seeing. It captures the entire drug scene. One of the most
important scenes of the movie was the end with the parents willing
to listen to their daughter's tale. They should have thought of
that long before.
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001
From: David Buckna
saw the film "Traffic". Wow! Did you notice the cross on the wall
in one scene (near the end of the film) when the daughter speaks
in front of a group, with her parents in the audience? Was it a
church or church hall? Did either of you think the backstop frame
(with netting) in the final scene [at the baseball diamond] resembled
a large cross? It sure did to me! And what was the song played?
Very soothing and uplifting.
Yes I did notice. It is a story of a father who discovers the meaning
of grace for his daughter. -David