The Middle of the World: an idyllic dream

31 10 2010

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 1 hr. 25 min.

Rotten Tomatoes: 58%, 5.7/10

A family sets off on a 2,000 miles trip to Rio de Janeiro…on bicycles. It’s a true story and the idea of it is incredibly intriguing. And so are the ideas introduced in the movie. Everyone is discovering what they want and some are never satisfied. The problem with this movie is despite the 2,000 mile trip, it seems to end exactly where it started. Read the rest of this entry »


The Son’s Room

17 10 2010

Rating: R
Runtime: 1 hr. 27 min.
Rotten Tomatoes: 7.3/10, 84%

The Son’s Room has a great plot line, a psychiatrist who finds himself facing his own mental difficulties as he is forced to deal with the death of his son. But for me, it was a bit too subtle, and that includes the reason for the title, which I never did quite figure out. Maybe I came into the movie with too big of expectations because it won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palm D’Or (Best Motion Picture) award. Or maybe I am too used to American movies that lack the quiet inferences this film utilizes. Read the rest of this entry »

Brick Lane: Defining Love

10 10 2010

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hr. 45 min.
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%, 6.2/10

Brick Lane isn’t the most heart wrenching movie. Nor is it one that will ever be known for its amazing cinematography or genius plot-line. But after several weeks, I find myself still remembering the main theme of the story–that there are different kinds of love. The love of quickly blooming passion, and the love that starts off weak and grows a little more each day. Read the rest of this entry »

For My Father: Learning to Live Together

3 10 2010

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 100 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes: 40%, 5.4/10 (only 1o reviews)

When I first picked up For My Father, I was wary about how an Israeli movie would depict a Palestinian suicide bomber. It turned out to be more than I expected. For My Father depicts a Palestinian man who plans on detonating himself in an Israeli market until his bomb malfunctions. While trying to get it fixed, he learns to live with the Israelis around him. The ending is anything but expected, but what is more important is the time in between the beginning and end. Read the rest of this entry »