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hard candy…

June 17, 2008

last weekend i finally got to watch “hard candy” with ellen page and patrick wilson after hearing so much about this movie… and have to say it was an experience i was really glad about… well, that sounds a bit odd… let me rephrase it… i think this is a movie that needs to be seen by pretty much everybody not because it’s a masterpiece but it really makes you think and re-exam all the stereotypes you might have… and another interesting thing was that it wasn’t only watching the movie made me think about things but also reading what people had to say about the movie and ellen page on my “beloved” imdb (come on, you know what imdb is, right…? right…?)

also watching this movie was powerful enough for me to re-exam a particular word that i’d never been fond of… it’s called feminism… i always thought that was yet another form of racism… i know it’s probably too extreme…

first of all, as far as movie making goes, it’s a pretty well made, even very slick looking at times… not too over the top but there’s definitely sense of style… the director, david slade was apparently known for making music videos for stone temple pilots and aphex twin and so on… not that it means so much to me since i don’t think i’ve seen any of them… and ellen page was amazing in this movie… she was like what, 15 when she made this one…? and boy, can she act…! she played her character hayley with brain and strength and yet vulnerability that was so powerful when put together… then patrick wilson who is always amazing didn’t disappoint me here either… (in case you don’t know who these people are, ellen page was in that little movie called “juno” last year and patrick wilson was in “angles in america” playing a mormon then again was really fantastic in “little children”…) and the script and the setting…! it was really tight and makes you keep shifting your position throughout the movie… it wasn’t until the last line patrick wilson said that i knew what to make of the characters… and when i heard it and finally saw what was really going on, i felt like my moral has been put through some kind of test…

i don’t know how much i want to give out about the plot especially i felt like i heard maybe a bit too much before…? but in order to write more about what i’m talking about, i’ll have to give a way a bit about the plot… so if you want to get the full experience you should stop reading this… if you don’t think it would matter so much, please go on… i’ll not tell you about all the twists anyway…

so ellen page plays 14 year old girl who is very “mature” for her age and she starts chatting with 30 something year old patrick wilson online… and they decide to meet up… but things turn out to be way different that you might expect… i really think that’s all i want to say…

then when i read what people wrote about ellen page on imdb, i was really shocked and even shamed… if you’ve seen her, you know that she’s extremely cute… not cute as in one of those typical hollywood young actresses but as a rather normal looking girl with lots of charisma and talent… however it seems like that’s not enough for lots of people… there were so many attacks on her for not looking pretty enough in feminine dresses or make-up… guess for these people a girl like lindsay lohan who looks and acts way way older than her actual age is more ideal image of a good “actress”… what the hell is up with that…? what about the fact that ellen page is an exceptional actress for her age and not afraid of being herself…? i mean is it really more important to be on that stupid 100 hottest girls of the year list on one of those magazines…? and wear all these crazy dresses to some award shows or parties and get the pictures taken…?

then i got even more enraged when i was watching this stupid show on E channel while running (more like walking) on a treadmill at a gym… it was one of those stupid talk show with one guy and two girls in bikinis (of course) hosting it in a vegas hotel filled with half naked, well, more like almost naked girls as a back drop… looking at those girls strutting and shaking what they have as soon as camera was on them really made me feel sad…? why do they really really need that kind of validation or approval or attention from others so badly…? i mean i have nothing against looking good and feeling good but the way these girls were acting on camera was clearly NOT about that… it’s felt more desperate… and trying to do these moves that are supposedly “sexy” according to media and pop culture…

then i saw these young girls who are probably like 13, 14 wearing tight, tight clothes walking around in my neighborhood and getting “attentions” from guys… and that makes me almost want to puke… you can call me super conservative and boring and whatever you want… but to me that seems really really wrong… which brings this blog back to this movie “hard candy”…

well, you really have to watch it…

i’m just babbling as usual… oh, well…

if i get enough responses from people who actually saw this movie, maybe we can start the actual discussion about this movie…

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