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Between the Lines
Release Date: April 6th, 2009
Ty Ponder, Scott Bass, and Troy Page's "Between the Lines" (2009)
Click this text to view the BTL Internet Movie Database page.
Though it has already had it's world premier to rave reviews,
the "World Premier"...for me anyway...was right here in my living room on the evening of 3-14-2009.
Ty sent me a pre-release copy of the DVD. This is certainly one of the best / favorite documentaries ever.
But, of course, that comment came from a surfer.
I've seen many docs through the course of a lifetime...NOTHING hit home like this one.
This film was such a great surprise for me.
I truly lived my own version of this story in the late 60's.
My trip to Richmond, Va. for the draft physical was one of the most dramatic, and ridiculous events in my life.

Narrated by John Milius...as only he can....to quote him:
"This is the soil from which APOCALYPSE NOW grew out of;
...it's as simple as that."

This is the true story of the effect that the Vietnam war had on the surfing community.
2 surfers are profiled: Pat Farley and Brant Page.......Pat went to war.....Brant evaded the draft as best he could.
The narrative, the footage, the music is PERFECT!....NOT TO BE MISSED.
Emotions from surfin' grins to tears...it's all here.....beautifully and carefully depicted.
Truly amazing images of China Beach surfing and renderings of surfing in the war zone!
....such a compelling, emotional film...I didn't want it to end.
Adjectives such as poignant, soul stirring, heartrending...don't seem powerful enough.

Rick Thomas, Herbie Fletcher, Mark Martinson, Ron Sizemore, Tom Luker, Drew Kampion, Howard Fisher,
Greg Samp, Greg Murray.....if you have followed surfing through the years....several of these names will be familiar to you.
This film is one of the reasons why cinema is our ultimate artform.
Visit Pat Farley's Site at: Surfing to Saigon.



These reviews are brief. I'll let the work speak for itself.
I only review films worthy of my time ...and yours.
It is my humble opinion that the real genius
coming out of Hollywood these days is CG / animated.
If it's here in this review / recommendation list...see it.
Most of the films I review here will be older.....and certainly worth a second viewing.

View the "m51.com All Time Favorites Page" to see a small cross section of my favorite films.

Independent works, away from the Hollywood community,
are windows into the soul of human nature.
Visit Film Movement - Wonderful Films / Artists / Cultures from all over Earth.
Ginger and Cinnamon was verrry funny...see it....Adult Alert!



Composers for Film
In addition to trying to complete the daunting task of writing a film treatment...
I have become obsessed with film composers...the folks who give a movie it's personality....it's heart and soul.
Again, in my humble opinion, cinema IS Earth's grandest showcase for composers.
Here's a partial list of the most amazing, dazzling bunch of artists in existence:

Danny Elfman, Nicholas Hooper, Alan Silvestri, John Powell, James Newton Howard, Howard Shore,
James Horner, Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt, Bruno Coulais, Rachel Portman, Steve Jablonsky, Harry Gregson-Williams, John Williams....

...not to mention:
Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori, John Debney, Thomas Newman, Trevor Rabin, Michael Giacchino, Wojciech Kilar........
For cinema scoring, and just plain beautiful / thrilling music, it doesn't get any better than this.

I create Pandora Radio Channels with these composers.



In memory of Robert Altman - 2.20.1925 - 11.21.2006

"Intellect is invisible to the man who has none."
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)




Two ordinary words: "what" and "if"...when placed together become very powerful.................


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I once heard Rob Reiner say something similar to
"To make movies, you must create your own moral universe"...and such is the case.



My recommendation to you as a reader of this review page
is to see A MOVIE A WEEK at the minimum.....it's an exercise, if nothing else....just do it!
Movies are windows into our society...our very existence...our souls.
Which movies, and types of movies you like, is a reflection of YOU.
I recommend asking people what their favorite films are...
It's a fast, effective way to get to know someone.

You'll find many / maybe even MOST movies a waste of time...
....but you will catch some great ones worthy of discussion and your time.
Stories of intellect, passion, romance, fantasy, a playground for good and evil......
I own certain films because they are special effects showcases...
...others because of the message...the moral.
Above all...STORY DOMINATES.
If the story isn't important...or just plain fUN...if it doesn't enrich our lives....
Why waste your valuable "entertainment time"?

To me, it is worth it to see several terrible films, just to get to a great one.
I really enjoy analysis to the finest detail.
I pride myself at being good at telling you what is a waste of time, and what has merit.

Just a thought on truth...
Here's an exchange between Jeff Goldblum's character (Dr. Ian Malcolm)
and Arliss Howard's character (Peter Ludlow) in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997):
Malcolm: "...and I told the truth"
Ludlow: "Your version of it"
Malcolm: "There aren't any 'versions' of the truth..."

As Arnold Schwarzenegger's character said to his deity in John Milius' "Conan the Barbarian" (1982)
"...and if you do not listen, then the hell with you."

See ya in the dark....




This is such a TINY cross section of films I want to review here...update now slowly in progress - 6-10-2012
The LATEST ADDITIONS are at the beginning and end of each line.
The list is in no particular order.....while moving mouse over paragraph...close eyes...click.


Rango (2011) - Soul Surfer (2011) - War of the Worlds (2005) - Dances With Wolves (1990) - Hidalgo (2004) - To Be and To Have (2002) - The Astronaut Farmer (2006)
Between the Lines (2009) - The Surfer King (2006) - Riding Giants (2004) - Thicker Than Water (2000) - Blue Planet (1990) - Wall Street - Money Never Sleeps (2010)
The Bear (1988) - March of the Penguins (2005) - Miss Potter (2006) - Blue Crush (2002) - Chocolat (2000) - Danny Deckchair (2003) - The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Armageddon (1998) - Deep Impact (1998) - MirrorMask (2005) - Timecode (2000) - Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision (2004) - Avatar (2009) - District 9 (2009)
Artificial Intelligence (2001) - The Right Stuff (1983) - October Sky (1999) - Contact (1997) - The Time Machine (2002) - A Flash of Genius (2008) - Born Rich (2003)
Amelie (2001) - Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) - Lawndogs (1997) - A Prairie Home Companion (2006) - Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) - The Abyss (1989) - Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
The Family Man (2000) - The Insider (1999) - Rain Man (1988) - Sabrina (1954) - Transformers (2007) - Easy Rider (1969) - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) - Lost and Delirious (2001) - Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) - Pirates of the Caribbean (2003, 2006, 2007) - Quest For Fire (1981)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) - Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - Eight Crazy Nights (2002) - Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) - Patton (1970) - Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Falling Down (1993) - White Squall (1996) - The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) - The Hurt Locker (2008) - Blow (2001) - Independence Day (1996) - Hook (1991)
Bride & Prejudice (2004) - Crumb (1994) - The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980, 1989) - Mighty Aphrodite (1995) - E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982) - Wargames (1983)
Finding Nemo (2003) - Wall-E (2008) - Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) - This is Spinal Tap (1984) - Casino Royale (2006) - Inherit the Wind (1960)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) - Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) - Alien (1979) - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Labyrinth (1986) - Thelma & Louise (1991) - King Kong (2005) - Gremlins (1984) - Forrest Gump (1994) - An Inconvenient Truth (2006) - Songcatcher (2000)
Spanglish (2004) - UltraViolet (2006) - The Social Network (2010) - Man on Wire (2008) - On Golden Pond (1981)
Favorite ET Movies (1979-2009) - Favorite Monster Movies (1953-2008) - Favorite Halloween Movies (1983-2005) - Favorite Police and Attorney Movies (1960-2000)







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