Tuesday, January 10, 2006



I cant get to the movies because I am always working (which is ironic because I indirectly work in the movies) at any rate, I give you Xtinefiles' first guest blogger...check out LAURA's Xtinefiles review of Munich:

I devoted nearly 4 hours at the movies on Sunday to see Munich. I thought I'd be watching the story of what happened before the hostage crisis in Munich. Instead this was the story of the hostage crisis and what unfolded, secretly, over the next 5 to 10 years between Israel, the Arabs, Palestine and all the 3 letter groups: PLO, ETA, KGB, FBI, CIA, etc.

Being not so in tune with history from the late 60's to early 70's, I wished there was a paragraph with some back history opening the film like in Star Wars. It took me 30 min just to figure out what was going on! But 2 1/2 hours later I was completely enthralled in a film whose content is still very much relevant today. I won't say any more other than in the end Spielberg chooses to be ironic.

Xtinefiles rating system (aka this aint your mama's mpaa):
Total Running Time: 2 hours 44 minutes
# of times I thought a terrorist attack might happen at the theater
while watching this movie: 1 (which is actually far below average for a NYC screening)
Hot Actor Factor: 10 (Eric Bana!)
# of times I regret not paying attention in 9th grade history class: 3

Oddly enough, I don't ever remember elementary, high school, or even college history classes covering the Munich crisis at all. What I know of Munich comes from specials on the History Channel.
it was great and showed a very fair and objective view of what happened in munich and afterwards. it's also an interesting commentary on terrorism, terrorist and reactions. and oh, eric bana isn't too bad either.
terrible last 20+ minutes though as spielberg always has problems ending his "adult" orientated films (and by adult i mean his serious films not "dirty" films). part of this was pretty gripping but the flaws just stand out too much for me and it ends up being kind of overrated because of them.
nice job LL!
It was decent for a Spielberg movie. But as my friend said after the movie, it worked awfully hard to end up at the World Trade Center, did it not?
I dont know why..but I just hated that movie!
I wouldn't say it was a bad movie, but it wasn't what I'd call enjoyable. I saw it once, and will probably never watch it again.

And I don't know if I'd call it an "interesting commentary" like so many others do. It's more of the same. How many times do I have to hear "terrorism is bad, but violent reactions are also bad" before it ceases to be "interesting."

I don't know, it was very well made, skillfully directed, and superbly acted. But I didn't care for it too much...
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