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The Stone Boy, a review by KinkyCyborg


The Stone Boy



Title:The Stone Boy
Year: 1984
Director: Christopher Cain
Rating: PG
Length: 91 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:

Stars:
Robert Duvall
Jason Presson
Glenn Close
Susan Blackstone
Dean Cain

Plot:
One summer morning, 12-year-old Arnold Hillerman and his 17-year-old brother Eugene wake at dawn to pick peas and perhaps shoot a wild duck on their family’s Montana farm. In a nearby pasture, Arnold’s gun fires accidentally. His brother is killed instantly.

Isolated by emotions he can’t comprehend, Arnold (Jason Presson) must now come to terms with his grieving family - including his angry father (Academy Award®-winner Robert Duvall), his frightened mother (Oscar®-nominee Glenn Close), his antagonistic uncle (Oscar®-nominee Frederic Forrest) and his gentle, straight-talking grandfather (Wilford Brimley) - while his family must come to terms with Arnold. Linda Hamilton and Dean Cain co-star in this haunting drama that critic Richard Freedman of Newhouse Newspapers calls "profoundly moving - a magnificently acted tribute to the human spirit!"

Extras:
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My Thoughts:

Sad story about a 12 year old boy who while hunting ducks with his older brother has his gun accidentally go off while squeezing through a barb wire fence, killing his sibling. The devastated family then tries to pick up the pieces while inadvertently shunning the young boy due to his apparent inability to show remorse or emotion over his brothers death.

Make no mistake, the young boy is shredded at the death of his brother but a prolonged state of shock keeps his grief well bottled up. Only after running away from his apparently distant family who couldn't even look in him in the eyes anymore did he finally break down and cry in the arms of a stranger (Linda Hamilton) on the bus ride home.

Strong but very subdued performances by Robert Duvall and Glenn Close as the parents who are both heartbroken over the loss of their first born but also baffled and even angry by the detachment of their youngest boy. The always likable Wilford Brimley plays the boys understanding grandfather, who tries to get the boy to open up but never pushes. Brief appearance by a young Dean Cain as the older brother.

It has been many years since I'd seen this but I never forgot the very touching moment when the young boy lets the tears and his anguish flow, which finally gives some closure to the rest of his family.

The Stone Boy is a great movie.

KC

Rating:

(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2011 on August 12th, 2011)

Member's Reviews

Let Me In, a review by dfmorgan


Let Me In


Year: 2010
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins
Overview: A haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), based on the best-selling Swedish novel (Let The Right One In). Chloë Grace Moretz (Hit Girl in Kick-Ass) stars as Abby, a mysterious girl who moves next door to Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Road), a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school. In his loneliness, Owen forms a profound bond with Abby, but as a string of grisly murders grips his wintry New Mexico town, he begins to realise that Abby is anything but 'the girl next-door'.

Watched: 11th Mar. 2011
My Thoughts: The second film to be based on the novel 'Let The Right One In' by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Overall this film is the same as the original which is close to the book however areas do vary where each director concentrated on different aspects of the book. In this film there is less of the community spirit, less interaction between Owen (Oskar in the book and first film) and his mother but the detective has a higher profile similar to the book with a slight role crossover.

My Rating: An excellent slightly alternate take for a 4



(From Dave's DVD/Blu-ray Reviews on March 12th, 2011)

Member's TV Reviews

Miracles Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd


Miracles Marathon

2. The Friendly Skies
Paranormal investigators Paul Callan, Alva Keel and Evelyn Santos try to determine why a commercial airplane temporarily disappeared from radar - and why, during those unaccountable moments, the flight's passengers actually experienced their innermost thoughts, fears and fantasies.

Guest Stars:
Ann Cusack
Ashley Edner
Christopher Cousins

My Thoughts:
This is a pretty good episode. But definitely not a favorite. I found it to be a bit on the slow side. Some of the early episodes are a bit hit and miss. This one just happened to be a miss for me.

My Rating:

(From Miracles Marathon on December 22nd, 2009)