The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

DVD - 2017
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Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. A remarkable story of unconditional love. A young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, California] :, Lionsgate,, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

At times the film makers made light of the helpless children’s ordeals, but overall, a nauseating story about growing up with “irresponsible” parents in poverty. Further, felt for the adult daughter who must have been in constant social and emotion distress to see her estranged parents living on the streets and dumpster diving for food around town! At the end, glad that she succeeded to come to terms, and we all can learn to face our “shameful” past (see why the author decided to tell her story in the “fact check” article below.) No one gets to choose his/her parents or birth country etc., and, as told in the interview with the author: "Everybody who is on the street is unique. Everybody has a story and everybody has a reason that they're there." This film is about Jeannette Walls’, a remarkable story? YES; of unconditional love? NO.

Notes:
-Wonderful performance in "Special Features" of the song "Summer storm" by Joel P. West (see "Videos.")
-Rex Walls died in 1994, just short of 60 and the memoir was published in 2005.
-A fact check article on the film vs the true story:
http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/glass-castle/

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misatim
Apr 16, 2018

A N.Y. writer tries to justify her adoration of her dysfunctional family. Her immature selfish parents abuse the children for their own joy and call it a family. When the children finally get away they can not end their own addiction to the abuse so they try to justify it within stories as a bad joke. A story that plays out way to often in this world. Woody Harrelson was amazing as the father.

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MARTHA C BENNER
Apr 14, 2018

Loved the book and loved the movie.

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hammer59
Mar 31, 2018

The book stayed on the NY Times best sellers list for a reason. Family dysfunction and alcoholism in American families is common. Add poverty and sexual abuse----the result is quite ugly. I think that what resonated among readers was that despite the disadvantages, the rare person still managed to succeed and break the chain. Not funny how films that do not adhere to the Hollywood mass marketing formula are never promoted, but through previews, we can see what might interest us and choose our own viewing choices. Breed carefully, if at all.

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carolu6555
Mar 15, 2018

Movie worth watching, it was sad to see the hardships the children grew up with.

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steve1111
Mar 10, 2018

A comment regards books translated to screen - they very rarely compare favourably with the book particularly if produced with the polished good looks of the Hollywood dream machine. Having relieved myself of this I would still recommend Glass Castle for those who have not read the book as well as for those who enjoy a good story (though at times depressing), good performances, and the special features often included at movie's end. Regards good performances, I would cite the younger Jeanette character played by Ella Anderson who I suspect will start to appear more often in movies requiring youth. For those who might be interested in a portrayal of the affects alcoholism on families I would recommend Angel's Ashes over Glass Castle as it shows the ruin that drinking often brings upon families in a more vivid way.

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Jtikva
Mar 07, 2018

A very sanitized version of the (much better) book. I think this movie tries too hard to make the father likeable, and left out all the really horrible things that these kids went through because of his decisions. If a few more had been added (and I know they all couldn't have been due to length of the movie) we would've had to balance the intricacies of the relationship--genius, damaged, loving, neglectful, alcoholic, etc. the same way the main character would have. Instead, we are told that he (and the mother) are yes, damaged, but more "quirky" than people who couldn't even bother to feed their children. It just didn't work for me.

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richmole
Feb 18, 2018

My first reaction after finding this blu-ray at the Sardis branch: howcum I've never heard of this movie? I mean, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts? And another Oscar-winner, younger Brie Larson (Room, 2015). Lost in the myriad of 2017 releases, overshadowed by monsters and superheroes, maybe.

Glad I found it; it's a good one. BUT--be forewarned--It explores some uncomfortable truths about families and the individuals within them. NOBODY is perfect or even near-perfect in this real-life story, based on the memoir by the woman who lived it.

Critics have been somewhat harsh about this movie, which I believe may reflect some of their personal conflicts about their own family "skeletons." That's what this movie is mainly about, as four kids attempt to escape Appalachia poverty, a neglectful artistic mother and drunken dreamer-father. Wow. Sounds like a downer, right? Wrong.

Lots to laugh at here, lots to shake your head at in disbelief and just go..."wow." You'll be thinking about this movie for days.

Terrific performances, not only by the three named above, but also by a number of kids who portray the children at various ages. Amazing, all.

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reader7176
Jan 24, 2018

This kids grew up with a drinker, that placed them in all kinds of danger. The father was abused my his mother and this caused him to failure in life. He failed his children and wife and led his family into dangerous situations. Sexual abuse as a child led him to making poor choices with his own family.

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rudpat
Jan 24, 2018

Terrible how these kids grew up. What the heck was wrong with their mother? Alcoholism and abuse are not pretty subjects.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

You see the top of the flames where the yellow dissolves into the heat? That zone is known in physics as the boundary between turbulence and order. It's a place where no rules apply. Or at least they haven't figured 'em out yet. That's all life is, bunch of molecules bouncin' off each other at random. So there's no point in tryin' to find a reason or pattern for why you were born at a certain time and why you got bit by that fire. You just got a little too close to the chaos is all. You understand?
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Rich city folks live in fancy apartments but their air's so polluted they can't even see the stars. We'd have to be out of our minds to trade places with any of them.
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Yeah, your dad said he saw you pass by in a cab the other night. Acted like we weren't even there. You shouldn't be ashamed of us just 'cause we choose a different lifestyle than you.
-Being homeless in New York City does not count as a lifestyle choice.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

Your mom and I did everything we could for you, okay? We looked after you, and it was a happy family!
-Bullshit! We did it! We took care of each other because you were too drunk to! It was your job to protect us, and you didn't even try!
That ain't true, okay?
-It is true. You got some kind of weird revisionist history goin' on.
You were a happy kid!
-Stop it, Dad. Stop talking.
And they were happy kids! And we looked after you!
-Stop talking! Talking is not trying! You talked my whole goddamn life!
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They were homeless before that for three years before that, which was pretty much how they raised us. My dad is not developing a technology for bituminous coal but he could tell you anything you want to know about it. He is the smartest man I know. He is also a drunk.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

I spent my whole life huntin' for those demons in the wild. And the entire time they were hidin' inside my own belly. Sad state to spend your life in, bein' afraid of your own self.
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"There might be more than this blanket of black dust,
"the stench of the tug,
"the crunch of the coal-stained snow.
"More than the sound of her cackle,
"the cracks in her calloused hands.
"And there might be more, but I won't ever know
"because it's impossible to breathe
"when you're drowning in shxt"
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Never forget how beautiful you are, Mountain Goat. And smart... And creative and strong... You're so strong. No little girl should ever have to carry her daddy on her back. You ain't like me at all, Mountain Goat. You're not afraid.
-I am like you. And I'm glad.
We had some good times, didn't we? Never did build that Glass Castle.
-No.
But we had a good time plannin' it.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

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I would never let anything bad happen to you. But I can't let you cling to the side your whole life just 'cause you're scared. If you don't wanna sink, you have to learn how to swim.
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Quotes from “Special Features”:
“I had dreams last night about Welch, which I have not dreamt about in a long time,” she says. “But it was a very wise man who said, ‘Secrets are a little bit like vampires—they suck the life out of you. Once they’re exposed to light, they lose their power over you.’
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"They had a very interesting life. They had experiences nobody else had. So why in the world complain?"

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Oct 12, 2017

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