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 »





True/False Review: Blood in the Mobile

4 03 2011

By: Kelly Gehringer

Runtime: 1 hr. 22 minutes

IMDb: 6.6/10

This film exists because Frank Poulsen had the conscience to ask questions that no one else wants to ask. When he discovered that his Nokia cell phone was made from minerals that fund a civil war in the Eastern Congo, he not only decided that he did not want to be a part of it, but that he would go to find out how this injustice is happening. Read the rest of this entry »





Man on Wire

18 02 2011

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hr. 34 mins.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%, 8.4/10

The setting of the film is in New York City, atop the World Trade Centers. In 1974, Philippe Petit walked out across a wire strapped between the two towers with nothing but a tightwalker’s pole and his skill to keep him from falling. Man on Wire follows Petit throughout his life and preparation for this amazing feat. Read the rest of this entry »





Wild Grass: Truly wild, and not in a good way

11 02 2011

Wild GrassRating: PG

Runtime: 1 hr. 44 min.

Rotten Tomatoes:  6.2/10, 67%

I knew Wild Grass was going to be a weird movie, but I didn’t know it was going to be that weird. A French film by director Alain Resnais, Wild Grass goes beyond all boundaries of what is a typical film. A film about a woman who loses her wallet and the man who finds it and won’t leave her alone–it appears to me like Regina Spektor’s song “Wallet” gone completely wrong. Read the rest of this entry »





Inch’Allah Dimanche

6 11 2010

Inch’Allah Dimanche is extremely blunt and in your face–as it is meant to be. An Algerian woman, Zouina, who moves to France with her children to be reunited with her husband, finds herself faced in a foreign country with no one to turn to. This film takes you on a journey as Zouina looks for hope and comfort anywhere she can find it and tries to shield herself from those who either intentionally or unintentionally hurt her. 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 »





Ali Zaoua: Moroccan boys’ dreams hit the wall of reality

18 09 2010

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 99 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes: 6.3/10, 73%

Ali Zaoua is one of those movies you sometimes wish you hadn’t watched because it reminds you of the very things in life you want to ignore—child poverty. This movie has an Oliver Twist feel to it as it depicts the journey of two Moroccan street boys as they try to bury their friend who has been killed by a local gang. Read the rest of this entry »