I just watched the new movie, STARDUST, which I really enjoyed. Ironically, I'd picked up the book a few years ago at an auction, in a box of books I bought for a buck. The book caught my eye-- I recognized the author Neil Gaiman's name-- so I read it.
The story is a fantasy about a magical world. I'm not surprised they made a movie out of the book. With the Hobbit trilogy, the Harry Potter series so successful, it makes sense that film studios are looking for more fantasy and magic stories in the same genre.
This one has some great acting, with Robert DeNiro playing his part both brilliantly and hilariously. No, this is not a comedy, but DeNiro adds some wonderful levity and some surprises the trailers don't forewarn you of and spoil. .
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It's not a movie that is intellectually challenging. It's light, whimsical and lyrical, with witches, unicorns, flying ships, and plenty of magical spells and incantations.
Clare Danes does a great job playing a unique roll, which I won't describe to avoid ruining the story. Michelle Pfeifer makes a sometimes beautiful, always menacing and evil witch queen.
The special effects are smooth and fun to experience, even impressing my 23 year old cinemaphile son.
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This is pure escapism, not a bad thing. It definitely has its uplifting, heartwarming moments. Give it a try. You won't regret it.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.