District 9

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So I don’t quite get the hype.  I thought it was interesting, well done, the ending almost makes it worth it, but I still don’t think I would pay bucks to watch it in the theater unless the only other things playing were a Miley Cyrus movie and Blade XII: The beginning of the end and I really really needed to go watch a movie in the theater.

I tried watching this movie twice, the second time, when I actually sat through it was better, and I do admire the low-budget nature of the film.  The aliens were realistic and human-like in their actions, and the context of the story was also well thought out and interestingly depicted.  Also, the take on human rights, depicting aliens as sub-human and treating them as such in South Africa, a country know for their violent past in racial discrimination is a point not lost on me.  However, in the end, perhaps it’s because I’m not a huge fan of the shaky-camera, documentary-type of film, I wasn’t hugely taken in by the film.

Maybe it was a sleeper hit during the summer, but in my books, so-so….$5

If you heart District 9

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Trailer: District 9

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The Baader Meinhof Complex (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex)

It was long.  Two and a half hours.  But it was worth every minute because I doubt they could condense it any more while preserving the integrity of the story and its characters.  The Baader Menihof Complex follows the rise and fall of the Red Army Faction, led by German guerillas revolting against Western imperialism.  Considering how much the organization itself, and its members, substantially change, I found myself sincerely empathetic every step of the way.  The opening scenes were fantastically compelling.

The 1960s and 1970s is a truly thrilling time period that lends itself to an exciting movie. The Baader Menihof Complex took a time period that has been reviewed, revered, and filmed hundreds of times, and made it refreshing.  Some iconic footage from the 60s were mixed in with lesser-known clips, equally as important for the film.

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Excellent cast and acting, notably the two female leads: Ulrike Meinhof (Martina Gedeck) and Gudrun Ensslin (Johanna Wokalek).  Both were strong, fierce, and intensely sexy.  There might have been a few too many good-looking revolutionaries.  Though it sure was fun to watch gorgeous babes shoot off guns.

Having known very little about this bit of German history and the intense revolution that occurred in our recent past, I think it is especially important to get out there to see it… $11.

If you heart The Baader Meinhof Complex

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Trailer: The Baader Meinhof Complex

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