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Ben Shepard

April 19, 1999

Ben Shepard is a 14 year old boy in the 8th grade and lives in Washington D.C. He enjoys reading, musing on the nature of morality, "hanging" with his homeboyz and watching then making sarcastic remarks about movies. He has no previous experience writing reviews, but has been writing creatively since he was in 1st grade. He enjoys music, in particular R.E.M, The Talking Heads, Butthole Surfers and U2. He is an atheist and idiosyncratic, iconoclastic and nonconformist one at that. He despises the focus group-formula sludge that passes for the majority of teen oriented artistic expression today.


A dissenting opinion...

I did not like Titanic. Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a starving artist who wins tickets to the maiden voyage of the good ship Titanic. He meets unhappy rich girl Rose (Kate Winslet) as she attempts suicide. He stops her. He teaches her how to spit. They elope. Ship Sinks. Tragedy. This film has no any emotional center or subtlety; the entire relationship between Kate and Jack lacks fire. The director (James Cameron) focuses excessively on the technical aspect -and it works, the special effects are great, but there is no human aspect to this movie. Instead of emotion, the audience is assaulted with effects and manipulative scripting. In the middle of this enormous mess there is no believable human relationship to focus on. I recommend As Good As It Gets instead, a small passionate movie filled with intricate human relationships as a Titanic Detox.

My Rating = One Star

Ben Shepard can be reached directly at MBoogeyman@aol.com.
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