Friday, November 9, 2007

Stop-Loss


Picture lovingly borrowed from imdb.com


Not much today. I saw the film Stop-Loss last night. It will be on everyone's lips when it comes out in March/April, or should. Stop-loss is when the government sends back shoulders who finished their committment with them and should be, in essence, free to go back to civilian lives. I guess it's also called the 'back-door draft.' People who serve their country can be forced to go back, and then jailed if they refuse. It also dealt with soldiers trying to reintegrate after the trauma they've suffered through.

I could go on, but I'm still processing it.

The Director/Writer, Kimberly Peirce was there. She also wrote Boys Don't Cry. I liked her a lot, she was very gracious (gave me her seat in the theater, I was initially up front and being that close in a war movie, my stomach was churning) and stayed to talk to the audience afterward. She is also just gorgeous, and so smart and articulate. My friend and I hung on every word, especially as she talked a lot about the act of writing and making the choice between writing something as nonfiction (she comes from a military family) or fiction.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who seems to act in a film about every family tragedy I've lived through (Mysterious Skin was so incredibly hard, so moving, and he did such an amazing job) was stunning in the film as a soldier who just can't live outside of war but is dishonorably discharged. Reminded me way too much of my brother. He was also on hand to answer questions from the audience.

It tired me out so much, I'm still pretty dazed. A lot is going through my mind right now. I figured, with a film on such subject matter I'd be jarred, and I'm already on edge. But, sometimes it's worth it. Sometimes, when I jar myself so much, a little bit of truth, a little memory, a little understanding ekes out.

I'm so not spell-checking this.

4 comments:

Blog Expert said...

I was wondering if you had an opinion on Channing Tatum's performance as Steve Shriver in 'Stop-Loss'?

Victorya said...

Huhmmm. I focused more on Phillipe and Gordon-Levitt, though I suppose it's a testament to his acting that I wondered who he was and didn't realize it was the guy from that dancing film until I IMDBed him early this morning.

Actually, I thought the comraderie between the three really showed through on film and made all the acting seem much more natural.

Amel's Realm said...

Ahhhh...interesting review. I'm going to watch it later on. ;-D

I haven't seen Mysterious Skin, either. I should put it on my list of movies to download. :-D

I don't know about being jarred, but there are times I watch a movie and it really gives me enlightenment and I LIKE those kinds of movies. ;-D For some reason I think that maybe it happens 'coz I watch the movies at the right time and place (I mean places in my spiritual/mental journey).

Don't worry about spell-checking everything. ;-D I LOVE your thoughts anyway.

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Oh my, lucky you to get to it's premier! You have roused my curiousity, I would definitely like to see this if I get the chance to.

Hope all's well with you, bonny lass. Catch you later..