Movie Review(s)-G-Dog and One Day on Earth

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Review-Going into this documentary I did not have one clue what I was getting myself in. The film is about a gang interventionist named Father Greg Boyle, who we learn is also called Father G, and G-Dog. To sit and watch this film is both inspiring and also deeply fascinating. Despite the flow of the film which is a major flaw, I still was captivated so much by this man and the story to stay invested. He seems dead-set on trying to help one gang member at a time of the LA gang culture. He offers them a solution to their lifestyle and does it with compassion. This film also brings light to Boyle’s Homeboy Industries which focuses on doing good deeds and helping out those who think there is no help beside the life they were forced into. The film gives us a very detailed story about the Homeboy Industries rehab program, and gives us a lot into the man who is Boyle. This film has such a feel good message to it that you almost think there is something under the surface that may not be so positive or feel good. The film tries to show us the other side of the coin, but I just feel that they played it so safe, but I still am back to thinking that this film at time seems to be hiding a message. I just thought the stories of sorrow, challenges and conflicts would be sadder or at least a little more riveting, and they seem to have watered down that aspect of this film. This film does start from the very beginning and does really tell a decent enough story that will keep you interested. Father Boyle on the surface will come across as just another Priest to some, but as the film plays out you notice he has street respect and cred. He seems to be respected by rival gangs, and the ones that usually shoot first and care second or third. All in all, this was a good little watch that left me with so many questions about how real this really was. But, I watch so much fiction that if it is made up, I still enjoyed the majority of it and it made me feel good in the end.

8 out of 10

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Review-One Day on Earth takes a concept that while done to death to me is still fascinating. On October 10th 2010, this film has over 3,000 hours of footage from 146 people, 19,000 contributors and 598 cinematographers. The meaning of this film is to have the world come together at the same point on 10-10-10 to unite global awareness, and put social and environmental issues in the forefront. As you can guess, this was also followed the next two years by when the numbers all were the same. The footage at times tries to be deep, but it fails on that level. This story in every language, and is at times very beautiful to watch. But, at times this collage of images and people tends to get a bit tiresome. This film tries really hard to be cohesive but it just feels like a bunch of images that have been edited together to try and make a whole, and seems to be as deep as a tear drop. This film is set to a soundtrack that has all these world musicians that is pretty good, but it does not take the place of the dialogue, or storytelling. That is what this film needed the most, a solid sense of storytelling vocally as well as visually. This film feels like a beautiful look at the travel brochure to this world. It has a little excitement here and there, and I really felt that it used too much footage and the last twenty minutes was just a little too much for my taste. I loved this concept and it was ok for the most part, I was fascinated enough to stick with it, but it is definitely not for everyone.

7.5 out of 10