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]Watch Breaking Dawn Part 2 Online[/url][/b]. This is no ordinary book-to-film adaptation. This is indeed something special. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is quite simply the best coming-of-age film you will see this year. Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the well-liked novel of the same name, this tremendously enjoyable picture is an excellent feature debut, a film that aptly captures the fleeting moments of youth, of those freewheeling days in high school where emotions are best described as a rollercoaster ride. It draws up these emotions like an oil well about to burst into flames, sparking a nostalgic return of one's inner self to the heady old days of those teenage years.
]Watch A Haunted House Online[/url][/b]. Of course the Americans had it more fun than us (well they had their Rocky Horror Picture Show, what do we have?), but that doesn't mean we can't revel in their joy and sadness. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller head the cast, playing high school students Charlie, Sam, and Patrick respectively. Charlie is a freshmen, socially awkward and severely introverted. He finds two hip friends in Sam and Patrick, who are siblings, and they bring him aboard their rollercoaster. The entire film is told from Charlie's perspective, not only of his experience with his 'wallflower' mates, but also the guilt and sorrow that continues to haunt him after a traumatic childhood incident.
]Watch The Hobbit Online[/url][/b]. It is this marriage of the social circle and psychology of one teenager who is trying to find his feet in life that makes Chbosky's film a much deeper exploration of the trials and tribulations of teenhood than any other film of recent memory. The film feels like a dreamy experience. Its cinematography is no frills, at times the framing of actors feels flat. But artificial lights are captured with some sort of warm glow giving the film a nostalgic 90s feel. The selection of mostly old songs enhances that feel. This is a blast back to the not-so-distant past, yet the film situates itself in a new generation of faces, marked by the familiarity of contemporary popular culture.
]Watch The Last Stand Online[/url][/b]. Watson lets her hair down in a decent but not particularly excellent performance in a post-Potter film. All eyes are on her, including a tantalizing scene where she locks lips with Lerman. Hermoine and Percy Jackson anyone? The most captivating performance comes from Miller, who channels energy and gayness in a difficult role. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is heartfelt filmmaking; it is a film done out of the passion to recapture the meaning of youth. Yes, there are ups and downs, and then there's infinity. As Lerman proclaims in the film, "We are infinite!", it is a moment for all who were young before to reflectively cherish and indulge.
]Watch Outside Satan Online[/url][/b]. Verdict: Very well-written, this solid coming-of-age drama is so warm and earnest that it reaches into your heart, and almost always makes you smile and tear up at the same time. A lot of the problems I had with the casting were dispelled once having seen them portray the character. I can come to terms with Charlie being Logan Lerman, who actually impressed me at certain moments. It’s always difficult when a book is written in first person, as a film can never feel quite so personal. I guess I should be grateful Percy Jackson didn’t do so well, so he’s less recognisable. Emma Watson was a pleasant surprise, she can act and do an American accent! Her introduction line is the worst moment of a pretty good performance.
]Watch Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Online[/url][/b]. Of the three central characters, the portrayal of Sam is the closest of what the characters in the book were like to me. Ezra Miller as Patrick is what makes no sense to me at all. He’s a good actor as we all know from We Need To Talk About Kevin, and he does well in this, and maybe he’s the Patrick that Chbosky always intended, but he’s not the Patrick in the book. The film oddly focuses less on him than the book does, and chooses the Sam-Charlie story over it, which works in its favour because the Watson and Lerman scenes are certainly some of the better parts of the film. I wish the adaptation also gave more time to Charlie’s friendship with Mr. Anderson, but of the things which were left out, that makes more sense. Nina Dobrev makes a small appearance as Charlie’s sister, and again there is much more to her story that is left out, and it’s a shame because that plays a part in how Charlie grows as a person during his freshman year.
]Watch Breaking Dawn Part 2 Online[/url][/b].Majority of the music references are in there, which fans of the books (and the music) will appreciate. The literary references are sort of skimmed over, which in turn makes a touching moment towards the end of the novel less effective in the film. I suppose music is a lot easier to integrate into a film than the meanings of multiple novels. The importance that the books and the music have at that point in Charlie’s life is overlooked slightly, for example the film gives no justification for him continuing to read and write papers on extra books, unless you just accept he’s a bit nerdy, but there is more to it than that. Adapting your own work should be an opportunity to improve on it, but Chbosky leaves the story as is, without doing it justice in its transfer to the big screen. As a film in its own right, I quite enjoyed it. It was appropriately funny, and moved me when it got emotional, and I’ll give Chbosky credit for making a good film, but it’s not the film the book deserves. If it sounds like your kind of film, you can enjoy and appreciate it without having read the book. If you have read it, your enjoyment will very much depend on what you took from the novel, and your willingness to forgive what you disagree with. My advice is: watch the film, then read the book. But definitely read the book.