Peter Weir

Australian who seems to make pretty good movies.

Dead Poet's Society (1989) -- A wet dream for high school kids dreaming of being artists, this movie -- a few years later -- becomes a bit of a laugh for those same people.  It capitalizes on all the romantic ways certain people think of art, acting, poetry, education, rebellion, etc., and for that reason the movie both works exceptionally well and doesn't work at all, depending on how you want to look at it.  There are many other movies like this (usually rip-offs of this one), and this tends to be the best of the bunch.  Remember three things: 1. Seize the day.  2. Don't kill yourself if your parents don't let you do something you want to do.  3. Leave him be! B

The Truman Show (1998) -- A really fun movie with a premise that's actually pulled off successfully and believably.  Jim Carey is likeable in the movie (not too wacky, not too serious) and the sunnyness of the movie is pretty infectious.  The build of the movie is nice, and it ends at just the right point. B

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