Fireflies In The Garden

This Dennis Lee film was originally released in 2008, but never made it to American shores until now. Besides the movie, we were treated to an introduction from the writer/director himself. There was an extra buzz as Julia Roberts, her husband Danny Moder, and Hayden Panettiere were also in attendance. Amateur paparazzi snapped pictures with their smartphones and posted them to Facebook.

I have to admit I had to take a few second glances myself, but what is also mesmerizing are the other fans going absolutely bananas. One person left his seat and traveled a few rows up to take a closer shot of Julia. I’m not trying to be the next Perez Hilton, but I sure wouldn’t mind his traffic. I wondered what is the fascination of the general public with celebrities? Is it the fortune, fame, the jet setting life style? Grass is greener on the other side? Whatever the reason is, can’t you direct this stargazing energy to improve your life so you could take one step closer to living the life of your dreams? I digress, but if you have a theory, leave a comment below. Anyway, on with the show!

Willem Dafoe

He’s one scary dude. But if you’re looking for a patriarch who rules his family with an iron fist, you can’t do better than Dafoe. If you have father issues, be thankful you didn’t him.

Julia Roberts

She was the sweet nurturing matriarch that held the family together. I haven’t seen any of her recent films, but there were some dramatic scenes that reminded me she’s just not a pretty face.

Ryan Reynolds

The last time I saw Reynolds, he was a playboy goofball who refused to grow up in The Change Up. He played a successful romance novelist and showed his dramatic range. I almost didn’t recognize him with his beard, but it was a pleasant surprise to see that he can do more than just comedy!

Best Of The Rest

Emily Watson and Hayden Panettiere had some memorable moments. It was also nice to see Carrie Anne Moss (Trinity from The Matrix). Last, but not least, kudos to Cayden Boyd who was superb as the young Ryan Reynolds.

Final Thoughts

The flashback storytelling style was very well done. But this was a very heavy film so if you are looking for a feel good time, this is not the movie for you. I read that this movie is semi-autobiographical. Let’s just say that Dennis Lee had a challenging childhood. But from his struggle, I hope the process of producing a well-acted and engaging story, helped him exorcise some of his demons.

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8 Responses

  1. Sounds like an interesting movie. I haven’t heard of it or seen it. I will have to check it out.

    I agree with you..people could definitely spend their time and energy doing more important things these days. When I think of people like DaVinci, Einstein, etc. they spent their lives working to improve the world and learn as much as they could. They actually made a contribution to society. Today, we are lucky if people have anything but a mere existence- not many try hard to have an impact or expand their intellect. We are so far from the intelligence that used to be. I wonder if we will ever get it back. This is just MO.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Although we have many great devices and the internet, we are so connected, but probably “dumber” than before. Our communication skills are filtered through a device and with so many distractions, why spend time on being the next Da Vinci? Interesting future ahead of us. Survival of the fittest will turn into survival of the smartest?

  2. Krantcents says:

    Sounds like a movie that I would have to be ready for vs. just go and enjoy. I don’t know if I will ever understand the celebrity/fan thing. I think it helps to realize the complete word for fan is fanatic!

  3. I’ve never heard of it either. But seems pretty good.
    I think America’s valuing the wrong things. Most of us aren’t doing anything productive (that which made America the mighty nation it is today). Instead, we’re all going after Hollywood, the internet, Wall Street. All of which contribute nothing to the solid foundation of America.

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