Thursday, February 17, 2005

Watched movie : the way home + music of the heart

  • Starring: Eul-boon Kim, Seung-ho Yu
  • Director: Jeong-hyang Lee
  • Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.)
  • Format: Color, Widescreen
  • Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Rated: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2003
  • Run Time: 88
  • ASIN: B00008K76Y
  • Other Formats: VHS subtitled in English, Theatrical review Quietly unfolding like a sweet and simple fable, The Way Home is a touching, award-winning film about the common bonds that emerge between distant generations. Directed with delicate compassion by Jyong-Hyang Lee, it's the first South Korean film to receive distribution by a major American studio (under the art-house imprimatur of Paramount Classics), and begins when seven-year-old Sang-Woo (Yoo Seung-Ho) is left with his mute, stooped-over grandmother (Kim Eul-Boon) in her ramshackle hut in a rural region far from the comforts of Seoul. While his single mother struggles to find a job, the selfish boy initially resents his elderly relative, who responds to his obstinate behavior with unconditional love. Slowly, the boy comes to respect and love his caring grandma in return, and while The Way Home is too slight for its 88 minutes and leaves important character details unexplained, its soothing rhythms, youthful humor, and playful score lend universal appeal to the story. (Amazingly, the 78-year-old Kim had never seen a film before appearing in this one.) --Jeff Shannon
  • Starring: Meryl Streep
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.)
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Aspect Ratio(s): 1.85:1
  • Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Rated: PG
  • Studio: Miramax/ Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 123
  • DVD Features:
    • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Commentary by director Wes Craven and producer Marianne Maddalena
    • Bonus second disk: Small Wonders (1996, 77 min.), the documentary film upon which Music of the Heart was based
    • Featurette: Behind the Scenes at Carnegie Hall: The Bach Double Concerto
    • Making-of featurette: Scoring Session: Behind the Scenes
    • Deleted footage with director's commentary
    • Musical Extras: Gloria Estefan and N'Sync Music of My Heart music video, scoring session behind the scenes, Background/Wisdom Soundbites with professional musicians, scenes with deleted score
  • ASIN: B00003CWUI review Why, you might ask, would Wes Craven direct a conventional biopic about Roberta Guaspari, a divorced mother of two who created an acclaimed music program in East Harlem's troubled school system? After all, Craven built his career on Freddy Krueger and the Scream trilogy, and you won't find razor-tipped gloves or a single drop of blood in Music of the Heart. All Craven has to do is provide a safe working environment for Meryl Streep (who earned an obligatory Oscar nomination), sublimate his deft directorial style, and surrender to the banalities of Pamela Gray's screenplay, which would've played more effectively on cable TV.

To be fair, Music of the Heart (partially inspired by the 1996 documentary Small Wonders) serves its purpose quite nicely. Streep is flawless in a non-showy role, and the story of Guaspari's celebrated violin training program provides the requisite rush of inner-city inspiration. As a fact-based companion to Mr. Holland's Opus, the film is less effective but similarly engaging; you'd have to be cold-hearted to dismiss it altogether. It's best when focusing on Guaspari's school program and the 10-year struggle to keep it alive; the drama falters when dealing half-heartedly with her tentative relationships, notably with a journalist (Aidan Quinn) who shies from commitment. And Craven? He seems content to direct by the numbers here, leaving inspiration on the screen while forfeiting his own. --Jeff Shannon

I suggest u to watch this movie too.

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