Summer Hours (L’Heure d’ete)

28 04 2011

Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 1 hr. 42 min.
Rotten Tomatoes: 7.8/10, 93%

I was not sure what to expect from Summer Hours. It was not abstract or festive like some French films. It is instead one of those movies you could easily brush away as having no true plot line or riveting events. But don’t dismiss the movie so easily. Summer Hours is graceful in its subtleties and intriguing in its simplicity. Read the rest of this entry »





No One Killed Jessica

22 04 2011

Rating: NA
Runtime: 2 hr. 16 min.
IMDb: 7.2/10

No One Killed Jessica is your typical Bollywood film. You know the plot line and the ending after the first 10 minutes. The main characters face struggles but overcome them, and the movie overflows with inspiring and overly dramatic music in every scene. But despite all this, it’s not too bad to watch. Read the rest of this entry »





The Secret in Their Eyes

15 04 2011

Runtime: 2 hr. 9 min.
Rating: R
Rotten Tomatoes: 7.8/10, 91%

The Secret in Their Eyes, or El Secreto de Sus Ojos takes its viewers on a suspenseful and thought-provoking adventure that has twists and turn and ends like you never thought it would and yet, just like it should. From crime to mystery to love, this film seems to have it all and yet weaves it together so perfectly that they don’t seem to contrast each other in the least.  Read the rest of this entry »





Restrepo

8 04 2011

Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%, 7.8/10

Restrepo takes its viewers into an uncomfortable setting–the battlefield of Afghanistan. Although relatively bloodless, it shows all of the emotions that come with war from addiction to killing, soldiers goofing off with one another and the pain that comes from losing a friend. Most striking, it shows it all as it unfolds. There are no actors. There are no reenactments. Everyone has their emotions on their sleeves and all the benefits and costs to war are exposed.

While not strictly an international film, Restrepo shows the difficulties American soldiers face in attempting to communicate with cultures extremely different from their own. Soldiers must bear a heavy burden as they negotiate with tribal leaders, fight off Taliban fire and manage their own longings to return home.

There is nothing glorious about Restrepo. There is no grand reception upon their departure or return to the U.S. There is no idealism to their days spent in a hot, small outpost in the middle of the Afghan countryside. There is nothing to be dreamed about in fondness in the future. But that, the filmmakers show, is real, unfiltered war.