13 January 2007

January 13, 2007

A History of Violence
100 Top 10 Lists Can't Be Wrong.

What to Watch For
David Cronenberg
Ed Harris
William Hurt
A bully getting his comeuppance
Cunnilingus and a 69

Why You Should Watch It
Wow. It's just. Wow.
Graphic
Thoroughly engrossing
The DVD extras
It's David Cronenberg, dummy

January 13, 2007

The Take
Great, albeit one-sided, documentary

What to Watch For
The fate of Western Capitalism and the Forward-Planning of the "Inner Logic"
A 60% unemployment rate in Argentina
What people will do for a few pesos
The price of freedom
Ideological links to other documentaries:
  • The Corporation
  • Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices
  • Why We Fight
Why You Should Watch It
Socialism works when everyone works
The world is bigger than just the borders of the USA.
Argentina went from the richest to the poorest nation in S. America because of the IMF and Menon.
The privatization of Public Works is a bad idea
You believe that Canadians are better humans than Americans

12 January 2007

January 12, 2007

The Tunnel
Three out of five stars. Not bad. Not great. Worth the watch.

What to Watch For
Alexandra Maria Lara
Historical accuracy
Even-handed ideological debates
German stoicism
Alexandra Maria Lara

Why You Should Watch It
Easily digestible foreign film
You like "escape" movies
You're curious about pre-wall East Berlin
You're curious about post-wall East Berlin
Alexandra Maria Lara

09 January 2007

January 8, 2007

A Bridge Too Far
One of my favorite war movies.

What to Watch For
Huge cast
Amazing detail
Incredible arrogance of Montgomery
Undercurrent of "War is Hell" message
Irony

Why You Should Watch It
You like war movies
You want to know more about the structure of the armed forces
You like Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, and Michael Kaine
Germans speaking with Subtitles
You're looking for a movie almost as good as "The Longest Day"

08 January 2007

January 7, 2007

United 93
I've seen this movie three times.

What to Watch For
The pussifcation of the American culture
Indecisiveness
Real-time tension
Incredible hand's-off directing
No name actors

Why You Should Watch It
All four planes are dealt with in this film
No preachiness
No agenda
You need a good cry
You hate bush and need to remember why you love America

NOTE: 90% of the events aboard the plane have to be "assumed." We have no idea what happened or why. But it doesn't stop the film from being amazing.

07 January 2007

January 6, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth
Gorgeous.

What to Watch For
Muted colors
Creepy characters
Amazing special effects
Violence
The girl's real-world story

Why You Should Watch It
Emotional
Riviting
Original
Not for children
Guillermo del Toro