Encounter Point

11 03 2011

Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 1 hr. 28 min.
Rotten Tomatoes: 7.2/10, 100%

This is the first movie I have seen that has for me truly humanized the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Though this film is now five years old, it is still extremely relevant as the fighting continues. Throughout the world, we generally only hear about the negative aspects of the situation. We rarely hear about the hundreds of people who are trying to reconcile the two sides through dialogue and understanding.

Encounter Point shows the stories of 28 families who have lost children in during the conflict and how they are learning to cope with their loss and forgive and make peace with those who killed their children. This film will move you to tears as you see the deep love and hate people on both sides of the issue express. Without simplifying the situation, Encounter Point gets to the heart of the matter–that there is no easy solution, that solution has to start from within the Israeli and Palestinian people, and peace will take time, a lot of it.

A breath of fresh air from many movies that seem to take sides on the issue, Encounter Point is a must see.

After you watch the film, click here to read more about one of the mothers, Robi Damelin, and how she responded to the sniper that killed her son after the sniper was arrested in the end of the film.


True/False Review: Secret Screening Green

5 03 2011

Each year, True/False brings in movies that have not yet had their premier. They do not announce the name of the movie until the audience is already in their seats and then the audience makes an unspoken pact not to reveal which film it was so as not to ruin its premier at future film festivals.

So, unfortunately, I cannot give any details of this film except to say that it is a must see. The film will keep you thinking for days to come. In fact, this film embodies what True/False stands for, the blurred line between reality and lies.

Here is the description  True/False gave of Secret Screening:Green. I hope you take the chance to see this amazing film…

“A tale of greed, exploitation and the media frenzy that surrounds a child prodigy – this Secret Screening is documentary storytelling at its finest. It’s a carefully constructed mystery, and a film that moves expertly from gleeful emotional highs to shocking lows. But, in the end, we’re left with a touching look at the loving relationship between a teacher and his pupil.”

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 »

Manufactured Landscapes

25 02 2011

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 1 hr. 23 min.

Rotten Tomatoes: 7.3/10, 83%

The dialogue in Manufactured Landscapes doesn’t say much, but the pictures say it all. The film follows around photographer Edward Burtynsky as he shoots pictures of the changing landscapes all around the world. Following a striking and appropriately drawn out several minutes of going down row after row in a Chinese manufacturing plant, the documentary continues to amaze with its striking angles of the impact humans are having on the environment. 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 »

True/False Film Festival Schedule

16 02 2011

You can find the schedule for the True/False Film Festival below. Check back during the festival for reviews of the films.

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 »