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Taking Chance Review


Excellent
Military reverence has long been one of the classic movie themes, to the point that it is now one of the most frequently mishandled subjects. It is difficult to make a soldier movie that avoids formulaic sentimentality and traditional heroism to the sound of a bugle call. Even more difficult is to make a military film that uncovers something most audiences have never seen, to open viewers up to the intimate unknown. Taking Chance successfully does both; it dissects minute military details that take place far away from the battlefield and exposes us to procedures that both fascinate and enlighten. It is quiet, engaging, and surprisingly affecting.

The film is unique in its keen attention to the minutiae of the U.S. military's body transfer process. Taking Chance is almost exclusively interested in the power of ambiguous observation. Sure, there is a story with a beginning, middle, and end, but narrative isn't necessarily the film's foremost preoccupation; this is a movie that thrives on intimate characterization and quiet scrutiny.

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Blanche Baker Thursday 22nd January 2009 Opening Night of the Broadway play 'The American Plan' at the Friedman Theatre arrivals New York City, USA

Blanche Baker - Wednesday 19th December 2007 at Ziegfeld Theatre New York City, USA

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Blanche Baker Thursday 4th October 2007 Opening night of the new Broadway play 'Mauritius' at the Biltmore Theatre - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Sixteen Candles Review


Very Good
It's difficult to explain the draw that Sixteen Candles still exerts almost two decades after its original release - and next to impossible if you're talking to someone who wasn't in high school at some point prior to 1990. On the surface, the premise is nothing spectacular: Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) has just turned sixteen, but her family is so obsessed with her older sister's wedding the next day, that they forget. Further complicating Sam's life is the fact that she's hopelessly in love with senior über-hunk Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling (who?)) - who already has the prom-queen for a girlfriend - and she's being stalked by a freshman (Anthony Michael Hall, whose character is given no other name in the credits but "The Geek.")

Sam chases after Jake, while The Geek chases after Sam. After one school dance, your standard '80s teen party - including requisite shots of piles of junk food and empty beer cans, as well as throngs of kids in brightly colored sweaters dancing badly in somebody's suburban living room - and a late night ride in a Rolls Royce driven by a kid without a license, true love will somehow manage to prevail.

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