Funny, funny movie .See it ..We are not playing it.....Go anyway...
Chris Haire has watched way too much Michael Moore. Please, Chris, allow something simply wonderful to be just that..."simply wonderful."
While I agree there was no hard-hitting conflict, I found the film to be a truly inspirational documentary (a rarity, IMHO); perhaps I don't aspire to create topiaries, but I do hope to be at least a minutely positive influence on others like Mr. Pearl.
I viewed the film at the Olde Village Talking Picture House in Park Circle on Saturday, and the end credits were met with applause...I can't recall the last time I was in a theater and this happened.
Chris Haire, what do you mean us as movie goers? This film was not to show the weakness or ignorance of anyone. It was not the purpose of the film to show personal tragedy. It did (the film) everything that it purposed, and that was to show the great talent of a self taught man. He has even baffled those who have spent many years in studies.
Mr Pearl you are as beautiful as your name
You have inspired many from around the globe with your strength, love of people young and old, your talent, your mild manner.
you have insired us all with your HEART!
A Man Named Pearl aired in NY on HGTV Sunday March 22, 2009. I was interested in the program because of the title -- because my mother's name is Pearl and she is also from SC. I told her to watch the program and we talked in between commercials. I was so moved by Mr. Fryar's determination and perseverance. I cried. It is a very warm and touching story told so beautifully. I hope one day I am blessed to see Mr. Fryar's Garden in person. I only wonder if GOD has given Mr. Fryar a vison of what it's like in the Gardens of Heaven. May God give him long life to keep on inspiring All of US to create something beatiful here on earth...
One of the worst reviews.They got it all wrong.A gem to own now on dvd.....
I agree that this review has it all wrong. Pearl is a compelling person, his wife, his topiary, his thoughtfulness, his skill with a chain saw- I could watch and listen to this man forever. It is a feast of images wisdom and love in your own backyard. This movie is truly a gem.
I saw this film yesterday, and found it to be excellent in the drawing of characters.
Sister Aloysius brought immediate recollection of our Sister Bridget Marie at my old Catholic (girls') high school. She taught me to learn by listening, so I became expert in recognizing her approach by learning the sound of her gait and footsteps. In that way I was less likely to be surprised when she sneaked up on me. But I now think that was just her assignment--the stern nun who frightened us girls out of our wits and caused us to act guilty even when we were innocence itself.
She was formidable. But then, so was Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who played Father Flynn in the best possible way--to keep us all in doubt.
You want to root for Sister Aloysius, because you know that she will never stop digging for the facts, but you also know that she could be mistaken. But she seems so certain, and that makes you like a dry leaf hanging in the wind. You turn from one possibility to the next, and yet you know that you will never know the true story. After all, there is that title to contend with.
Their performances were wonderful to watch. Everyone gave deep, moving performances, including the children--even those who were mischief-bound.
I particularly enjoyed the boy's mother, and was also impressed by the scene where Sister James, for the first time acting like a self-respecting nun, straightens out one of her students.
What really happened? Was Father Flynn's decision spurred by what he knew to be the truth, or did he see this as a losing battle that could ruin his future as a priest?
This is a must see.Sean Penn is Harvey Milk.An oscar nod for sure.
Just rented The Women and while I wasn't expecting a miracle of a movie, it was disheartening to see the source material - for all its datedness, so badly squandered. English's screenplay and rather lifeless direction stripped all the bite, wit and pacing out of the story. True - it needed some updating but English took her zeal for soapboxing about the role of today's women too far. Look - if you're going to insist on keeping the story's backdrop of wealthy New Yorker's - own it but then also keep the thrust of Luce's play about society women intact - updated for today's sensibilities. English misses the fact that the original 30's play and movie were not trying to reflect reality but instead a select group of women. Ir's as if English is trying to deny this and is insisting the story be a treatise on how all women support each other now. Making Mary's and Sylvia's relationship one of close friendship is also a huge mistake - as is eliminating Sylvia's cattiness and eventual comeuppance. There is simply no jepoardy and English's refusal to admit that women - and men for that matter - all possess a bit of schadenfreude now and then - undermines the spice the source material had in spades. English's The Women tries way too hard to be all things to all people and soft-pedals all the major story points....story points that gave the story its sizzle. Even Crystal doesn't do too badly in the end. Not a horrible movie - just flat and lifeless - which just might be worse. Proof perfect that being a woman doesn't necessarily make you a good teller of distinctly female stories. On a final note - skip the Real Beauty special feature on the DVD. While it dragged out all the pop culture niceties of how woman should see themselves (which by themselves are positive and healthy messages for anyone) I couldn't help but notice that the film's fashion show used - you got it - stick thin runway models. Hello?
this was an incredible film. go see it now while the good folks at the terrace have it running.
This is an interesting article comparing two main characters who are inspiring artists but a better comparison would be between Hamlet 2 and Never Say Macbeth (www.neversaymacbeth) coming out on DVD August 26th. It stars Alexander Enberg as a crazed theater director trying to put on a cursed production of Macbeth. Enberg's hilarious. He's easily in the same league as Coogan and Rainn Wilson.
Starts Friday at the TERRACE THEATER!(AUG1 ST)
This was a review that had it all wrong.This should be on any must see must rent list.When i saw this review a year ago i thought did we both see the same movie.A+ see it!
That there is no crafted conflict, which debases many documentaries, is this film's strength. Precisely that it simply, very simply and honestly, tells a story about a man's passion allows us -- as intelligent and thoughtful viewers who don't require created storylines when hearing about real-life --to bring our own meaning and depth to a life well-lived. Pearl has struggled; anyone who knows the history of this country and particularly the history of the South knows what struggles he has been through. I don't need a documentary filmmaker to create drama. The reason you do not find the film captivating is exactly the reason that I do.
Excellent review, sir. Keep viewing and writing!
I totally disagree with your opinion of this movie. I saw it last night and couldn't stop laughing. I think the intension of this movie was exactly what you put down. I think they did an awesome job of a hilariously mind numbing comedy. Definitely the funniest movie Will Farrel has made so far. Crude yes, but I was crying I was laughing so hard.
This movie was built up to much. I felt some what let down to pradictable, you knew what was going to happen next. Showed more of Joker than Batman. The girlfriend Maggie Gyllenhaal was not even pretty,should have had a stand out pretty girl, so many that could have taken Katies place, when she was killed it was no loss. Heith Did a great job on the joker, I still think Jack Nicholson's makeup was better if they had just had the scars, and told the story of the jokers life was good. How he got his face. They used a lot of dinamite, To much. I did not like the part with the Children at all, Holding the gun to a childs head. I was sad a child saw that, It is not a movie for any children. I liked the Batmobile it was great. Over all I have to say as a Batman fan, Spiderman is better. Much!!!
It must be noted, that David Goyer is only co-script writer for Batman Begins and NOT Dark Knight. The credit behind the ambitious, and complex script belongs to Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan. David Goyer while talented to a certain extent, only has co-story credit.
WOW!A must see.Not for small children.
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