Date: May 30, 2011 03:16PM
For the boys in white coats to come get you (we've arranged a special cell for you in Gitmo, and I called AA World Headquarters and got some spyware that collected your ISP numbers and cell phone "chirps"--remember that story about iPHones?), let's look at the movie reviews of that "Over the GW" that you recommended...http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1201434-over_the_gw/
>At a mere 76 minutes, the movie skips past what seems like lots of crucial exposition in favor of vague flashbacks and confusing inserts.
The other Times, the one in Manhattan:
>Over the G W follows a troubled brother and sister as they are committed to a New Jersey treatment center by their well-meaning parents
Seriously, I would've spotted the treatment center as a fraud for taking the brother and sister at the same time; any ethical center, knowing about addiction and family dynamics, would've made sure to refer one of the siblings to a separate facility. And the only connection AA has with these places is they rent room space for meetings. We do the same thing at jails, and that doesn't mean we're jailers... We try to help people liberate themselves from the prison of alcoholism and addiction in fact... As well as the prison of the delusional "reality" they live in... In your case, though, I said at the outset, "What an order, I can't go through with it."
Aaron Hills, Village Voice
>An undeniably personal if amateurish psychodrama... Gaglia's torture re-creations become rote quickly, and his cross-processed, color-tinted, randomly inserted, over-zoomed Film School 101 indulgences need their meds adjusted.
Raven Snook, not doubting the filmaker's sincerity...
>An earnest but amateurish look at a cultlike rehab, Nick Gaglia's semiautobiographical debut feature means well. Then again, so did his parents when they condemned him and his sister to a sadistic substance-abuse program.
>Writer-director Nick Gaglia has fashioned a documentary-style drama that is too narratively disjointed to achieve maximum impact, but too emotionally potent in fits and starts to be dismissed out of hand.
Those are grown-ups speaking, bud... But thanks for serving as a poster child for how addiction can screw with people's thinking (it's a bit contagious, too. I've been bothered by some resentments listening to you, but then I have these tools and some good consultants).
Now here's some reality for you: AA offers guidelines for members working in treatment fields; one has to pass a background check to enter a locked facility such as a jail, and it's assinine to blame the Fellowship for something members do; down south most criminals are probably Southern Baptists, and I don't think anyone holds Baptists to blame... And the Catholic Church isn't being blamed for its pedophile priests, only for the cover-up and the failure to remove offenders from their ranks... I admit to a bit of "libertarian" qualities on the subject of priesthood celibacy, BTW...
And for a religion to allow atheists and agnostics (I know several), my garshgoodness...
For those few still reading this who've wondered about Charlie Sheen, well, "Deco" is doing a very credible impersonation...
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/30/2011 03:18PM by SL Cabbie.