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Published on April 3rd, 2006 | by Greg


HIFF Spring: Hard Candy

We had a rough week last week, what with flooding and Spring Break. But we’re back, and there’s nothing like a few good movies to make the weeks of rain fade away. We have some exciting stuff lined up for the next couple of weeks-

HIFF, the Hawaii International Film Festival, started on Friday and runs until April 6th. The lineup is pretty good- heavy on Asian films, as usual, but with plenty of premieres and interesting flicks. 26 films, 13 countries. The first film we’re looking at is one that we’ve been looking forward to for quite a while: the twisted thriller Hard Candy.

Hard Candy is the story of a teenage girl who meets a creep online and proceeds to meet him in real life- but knows what she’s doing, and turns the tables on him. As with most thrillers, the plot twists and turns; unlike most, there are only two real characters and the conflict avoids most stereotypical “movie logic”. Breaking the mold in much the way “Red Eye” did, the movie’s success relies almost completely on the acting and the dialogue.

It’s not a movie for everyone- certainly, viewers won’t be taking home a strong uplifting message. The modern moral dilemmas, so hackneyed in many films, are piercing here. Like other “difficult” films (Requiem for a Dream anyone?), you might not want to watch it again. But the first time is a blast, unique and powerful and everything movies can be. With its very focused view, only two developed characters and quality writing, the movie felt like an exciting Broadway play. Don’t worry though, it’s not Broadway prices.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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