A Three-Sentence Movie Review

1. American Sniper

A must watch: heartbreaking, gripping, and poignant. It made me feel like a spoiled brat for not thinking enough about all the poor young souls who have had to actually fight in war, no matter the side. This is not a "pro war," movie; on the contrary, it's about how humans can barely comprehend the atrocities seen in battle, prompting a good discussion about PTSD.  

2. Rocket
On Netflix

A story about keeping a winning spirit when everyone (really) doubts you. Set in Laos, the main character is thought to be bad luck for the village, and is even shunned by his own grandmother. When a rocket competition provides a chance for redemption for the boy, the result is spectacular (and made me cry).

3. Copenhagen 

On Netflix

Unlikeable protagonist who grows on you when you find out his backstory (I like when movies dothat). The story is decent, but the scenes of Copenhagen are SPECTACULAR. For that alone, you should watch this on day where you're just craving European scenery (oh, only me?). 

4. L'Auberge Espagnole 

On Netflix

First movie in a series of three that I intend to watch. Some parts of the movie are profound and provide excellent commentary on what it's like to be an expat, other parts of the film are a little Euro-trashy and lose a bit of focus. While Xavier (the main character) can be self-centred at times, overall you'll like this "Spanish Hostel."   

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  1. I agree with your analysis of American Sniper 100%. Not sure why everyone is deeming it as a pro-war flick.

    I saw the Spanish Apartment some time ago. I don't recall as much as I'd like to admit. Perhaps it didn't resonate with me as much as I would have hoped.

  2. I truly think they haven't seen it! haha. I just think everyone has to complain about stuff without even giving it a chance! L'Auberge Espagnole is a movie that has a point and no point at the same time...I understand why you wouldn't remember much :)

  3. Ah, I'll have to give Copenhagen a try. I went there a few years back ~ such fond memories!

  4. I watched L'Auberge Espagnole the other night, really late, on cable. Not really my kind of movie, but I really enjoyed it. Not sure if it had a story or a "message," beyond maybe do what your passionate about, don't just settle for comfortable. Or different people from different cultures (well, slightly different cultures) can come together. How did your study abroad compare with the people in this movie?

  5. ElleSees.blogspot.com7:55 PM, January 23, 2015

    always love your movie reviews!right up my alley. love foreign films

  6. Your reviews are my favorites! So need to see American Sniper. I'm behind my movie list... :(

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  8. It got the feeling of studying abroad quite right, apart from the cheatin' ways of the main character, I think. haha. But there were some very profound moments in the movie where he adjusts to Barcelona and generally learns to loosen up.