Written August 15, 2008
The sexually obsessed sex haters of the world want you to believe that God designed sexual pleasure only for older male and female married partners and then only for reproduction. This belief is fine as long as they do not try to force their sexual religious or irreligious morals on others. Many others believe that God or nature designed sexual pleasure and reproduction and declared it to be good without reservations. Our founding fathers put into the Constitution recognition of the equal expression and religious moral rights of all humans not just the sex haters. It is not sexual pleasure issues in this movie but the infringing of the equal unalienable rights of one human by another selfish human and their sexual abuse that are the important moral and constitutional issues. This movie needs to be allowed to express the issues that it considers worthy of expression. Sexual ignorance and repression are not the cure but a major cause of sexual dysfunction and abuse.
Written September 21, 2008
"Hounddog" will be noted for years to come as the breakout role for Dakota Fanning as she transitions from child star to Oscar-worthy leading lady. While there are some rough edges to some aspects of this film, no one will deny the power of Fanning's performance and the depth and breadth of the subleties that she navigates with natural rhythm and convincing perfection. Go see "Hounddog" for this jaw-dropping turn by one of our most promising young actresses.
Written September 21, 2008
OK, "Spiritmatter", what I really want to know is, did you even see the movie? Can we please ban all reviewers who review films they haven't seen?!!! I suppose not....we have freedom of speech, which is SM's point I guess. We also have the freedom to make bad movies, and give bad reviews. Though the LA Times states it more eloquently, (consequently they are the critics, we are just the fans), the scenes in this film were choppy and disjointed, the cinematography did not do the setting justice nor the characters....the Robyn W. Penn character moved about like a jerky marionette, the father figure being struck stupid (the running about naked was so ridiculous) as a result of being struck by lightning was absurd, and why did everyone at church look clean but Louellen's family? Outside of swimming, I really don't think girls of her age ran around outside in their underwear in the 1950's south, but that was the representation. Dakota was fine, but she couldn't transcend the bad script.
Written September 29, 2008
I loved this film and it gave me yet another reason to not take movie critics seriously. Ms Kampmeier treated a very serious and compelling theme in an intelligent and sensitive manner. The performances that she elicited from her actors were extraordinary. Oh, and let's not forget that she not only wrote and directed but she also produced the whole she-bang. She tells a story of innocence betrayed in this coming of age story set in the deep south. This is a sweet and meaningful film with a deeply spiritual humanity. I saw it at a press screening 3 weeks ago and I can't get it out of my mind. We need more story tellers like Ms. Kampmeier. Run to see this.
Written September 26, 2008
Dakota Fanning continues her journey to become an adult actress power player. She continues to get better it seems, with every film.
As far as the overall movie, it was really good. I'd recommend it to anyone, although if it's not in a theater near you it's worth the wait for the DVD release in a few months.
I've heard some critics refer to this film as "a Dakota Fanning rape movie", nothing could be farther from the truth. That'd be tantamount to calling Charlotte's Web a "spider web movie". It's merely a part of telling the story, not to mention it was easily one of-if not- the tamest rape scene I've watched in a movie.
It goes at a pretty good pace-the beginning may be a tad slow though-.