December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

February 24, 2011

127 Hours (2010)

When it's over, I was quite impressed with James Franco's portrayal of mountain climber, Aron Ralston.  He's come a long way since Harry in the Spiderman series.  He's a "one man show" and has turned a simple story into a compelling one to watch.  This docu-drama tells the story of how Ralston becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering in Utah and his incredible escape.  Director Danny Boyle successfully uses the "split-screen" method to illustrate the varying degrees of the character's regrets, hopes, dreams, and desires.  This effect was quite psychedelic and truly captures the rush of emotions and thoughts going through Ralston's mind as he grapples with his own mortality.

My rating: 4 out of 5

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