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« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2007, 11:59:01 pm »
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I am with you there, Romeny! How sad when you think this does happen to kids and adults in RL too.  I am pensively waiting to see what happens...but I have an idea.

Thanks so much for the screencaps, Rach!
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« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2007, 08:58:36 am »
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You're more than welcome, of course!

This is a VERY gritty, real life drama sort of thing. It's extremely difficult to watch. I'm processing caps now and have come to a difficult place in them. I have to do a few and go back to it now and then.

A bit of trivia before we begin. This is the movie that Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh were watching when one of their children wa born. Not sure it would be my choice for labor room entertainment, but to each his or her own. LOL


Watch Seanís eyes in every scene he has with Ted. Itís all written there much better than I could ever tell it. He becomes a lost and anxious puppy, a homeless, motherless child. He may be an addict, but heís very much the victim of Tedís evil greed. McLaughlinís body language plays off Seanís in the scenes as well. Seanís is nervous, frightened and heartrending while Kyleís is vile and dominating. Even what would on the surface seem to be an affectionate touch is clearly an act intended to humiliate Greg, to remind him to whom he belongs, body and soul.
I find something sinister beyond discussion in the touch. I could be reading in, but there againÖ.





The next scenes go into teen prostitution. I find this too upsetting to discuss. Iím sorry. Greg isnít involved so I think I will skip this part. See the film if you want to know more.

Ted has told Greg to get money and come back, so Greg heads home. Yes, Greg has a home, a nice house with a father and stepmother. Greg, as I interpret this scene, is the result of parents too successful, too busy with their own lives to care, but there could be other interpretations.  The director makes note of a picture hanging on the wall of Greg in a cap and gown, perhaps his high school graduation? You know that Greg once had a normal life, which sets off a thousand possibilities as to what happened, how he wound up on the street. He refuses to speak to his stepmother, who is, shall we say, less than welcoming, but goes immediately to his room to look for anything worth anything. He trashes it in a desperate search.
In the meantime, Little Jay is in search of bullets for his gun.

Gregís room is interesting. Itís definitely the room of the All-American boy and dovetails nicely with the lettermanís jacket he constantly wears. Whatever happened to his life? He is the character in this story meant to show the audience how far you can fall, and how quickly, I think. He has gone from a life of school , athletics, car models and comic books to drugs and dirt and death. What happened? All we know at this point is that his parents are divorced. The left is left to us to speculate.



Gregís father knocks on the door and asks Greg to come out. When he does, the police are there to take him away. His father yells that Greg needs help. You are definitely left with the impression that Gregís father has given up.  The question is, how easily did he give up and why?
Greg winds up in rehab instead of jail, probably because heís so young (In the earlier scene, he said he was 17.) Again, Sean has used physical appearance to forward the story. Greg is very clean now, his hair slicked back tightly, severely from his face. He tells the counselors that he has been using drugs since he was ten or 11. This is where you realize that his dad never wanted to be bothered. He also says he first ran away when he was nine, running to his mother, who apparently didnít want him either. ďWe donít get along so good.Ē






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« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2007, 05:25:34 pm »
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Quote from: Storyteller ~RSF~ on August 14, 2007, 08:58:36 am   

A bit of trivia before we begin. This is the movie that Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh were watching when one of their children wa born.


This made me wonder if all or most directors know the work of the actors they hire?  I guess they must.

This is really a heartbreaking story though isnít it but I do like how youíre portraying Seanís role Rach.  He does angst so well and not all actors can. 
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« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2007, 08:01:20 am »
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I think they must, too, Romeny. I have often said that PJ's smartest move in LOTR was hiring the actors he did. They then MADE the emotional element of the film.

We are getting to a place where this is getting difficult for me to post. More on Monday.

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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2007, 12:43:00 am »
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Even though the story is heart breaking....you are doing a great job, Rach! I had no idea Sean has played such a diverse group of characters. 

It makes me chuckle to think this is the movie Peter and Fran watched while their child was born. Somehow or other I think I would pick something different. 

BTW - I totally agree with you on PJ's choice of actors/actresses. They really did make the movie and they weren't all A-list stars. It was so impressive to watch their performances!
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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2007, 08:33:31 am »
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PJ seemed to be more concerned with the actor's correctness for the part than box office draw and that did half his work for him, IMHO.

Things could have been so different for Greg, if someone had put him higher on their priority list, if someone had loved him.
When King is attacked in the Hole by a local pimp, Little J uses his gun with fatal results and the family scatters. Greg escapes from rehab to a Melissa Etheridge tone. Listen to the music here! It is part of the story telling.  As he drops from a fire escape to the street, she sings, ďPrecious baby.Ē
Thatís what itís all about for Greg, a precious baby, lost.



The police decide that King is the killer and soon heís on the run. The younger ones that depend on him are on their own now.
Returning to the Hole, Greg finds it abandoned and turns to the only other thing he knows.
Ted.





But Greg still has no money and is turned away there, too. Desperate, he robs a liquor store, then, calls his mother, but hangs after saying only, ďI love you.Ē Iím bawling just writing about it.






More later. Have a great day!

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« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2007, 07:15:06 am »
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Quote from: Storyteller ~RSF~ on August 21, 2007, 08:33:31 am   

PJ seemed to be more concerned with the actor's correctness for the part than box office draw and that did half his work for him, IMHO.


Yes he does & he seems to know their range of talent. 

You are telling this so well Rach, my heart is breaking looking at it;  poor baby (opening front door and letting Greg in).  That last pic of him with his hands on the wall...And it gets worse?  Sigh...it is good though to see Sean's body of work as I wasn't familiar with most of it. 
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« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2007, 03:08:11 pm »
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This is the reason I get angry when people say Sean can't do this or that because "he's a hobbit".
He's NOT a hobbit. Hobbits exist only in our hearts. Sean is a talented, hard working actor, a California father of three, a happy husband, a loving son, active on social and political arenas, but he is NOT a hobbit!

He's an actor who once played a hobbit (and did it perfectly) , but he was Greg long before he was Sam.

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« Reply #23 on: September 04, 2007, 12:44:36 am »
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Ugh...this is killing me. Sniff sniff. 

I must say that the "hobbit" part of me just loves that Sean played a Hobbit so well.  I guess the LOTR movies were such a big success that people forget that the actors can do other things. I think folks want to hold on to those LOTR days...it is hard to move on...but you are so right, Rach. Sean Astin isn't a Hobbit...just a darn good actor. 
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« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2007, 04:25:54 am »
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Rach - I really want to buy this movie it sounds so good and sad too..when is it out?
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Quote from: wild kiwi on September 08, 2007, 04:25:54 am   

Rach - I really want to buy this movie it sounds so good and sad too..when is it out?

This particular movie is an old one of Sean's from the 1990's;  you could probably order it from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble Music/Video department.  (Sorry, I know I'm not Rach)
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I will search for it thankyou Romeny you are really kind and helpful
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« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2007, 10:36:39 pm »
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You should be able to find it at Amazon. It's pretty broadly available.

In fact, here ya go.

http://www.amazon.com/Where-Day-Takes-Laura-Giacomo/dp/B0000DBJ2A/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-4768341-1603812?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1189305319&sr=8-1

I AM going to finish this. I promise.

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« Reply #28 on: September 09, 2007, 05:11:52 am »
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thanks Rach I already saw it on Play too so when I get paid at end of this month I will buy it
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« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2007, 11:07:30 am »
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Ok. I'm actually back. I promised to finish it and finish it I will! lol

Now, Ted lets him in the door, of course, and supplies him with cocaine.  While he is doing the cocaine, Ted offers him ďsome helpĒ to sleep and Greg gives in. Ted tells Greg to cut down on his speed, a noble sentiment until he punctuates the command with ďcheap a** drug.Ē Heís not interested in helping Greg, only in getting moving to something more expensive.
As Ted prepares the needle, Greg pleads, ďIs it going to hurt?Ē




This is going to be the most difficult part to summarize. Please forgive me. This is tough. When we return to Greg, we find him waking up on the filthy floor of Tedís apartment in a pool of vomit. This would not be so bad if Sean didnít proceed to wear this look for the next ten minutes of the film. These caps are graphic and gritty, but thatís the nature of the film.




Greg gets angry with ted, saying heís been cheated on the drugs. He gets slapped around for his trouble, and winds up apologizing to the jerk who is using and manipulating him. Ted tells Greg what a pathetic loser he is, the very thing Greg didnít need to hear.  He buys still more drugs, a transaction that ted is more than pleased to make. He has the boy where he wants him now.








More later.

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