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FilmCrunch 022: Babel Review, Monster House DVD Review

Neil Estep and Veronica Santiago review the theatrical release of Babel in this episode of FilmCrunch. If you truly don’t get enough out of this in-depth video review, there is always our text Babel review as well, which seems to be all the rage as far as controvery is concerned. On to the Babel synopsis:

In the remote sands of the Moroccan desert, a rifle shot rings out—detonating a chain of events that will link an American tourist couple’s frantic struggle to survive, two Moroccan boys involved in an accidental crime, a nanny illegally crossing into Mexico with two American children and a Japanese teen rebel whose father is sought by the police in Tokyo. Separated by clashing cultures and sprawling distances, each of these four disparate groups of people are nevertheless hurtling towards a shared destiny of isolation and grief. In the course of just a few days, they will each face the dizzying sensation of becoming profoundly lost—lost in the desert, lost to the world, lost to themselves—as they are pushed to the farthest edges of confusion and fear as well as to the very depths of connection and love.

The crew also takes a look at the DVD release of Monster House, and chimes in with a bit of movie industry news.

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Babel Review: ‘Crash 2: Now It’s Global…and Longer…and Boring’

Babel poster

EDIT: Check out FilmCrunch’s Babel Video Review.

This film follows four interconnected stories – an American couple vacationing in Morocco, a poor Moroccan family, a young deaf girl growing up in Japan, and a middle-aged Mexican woman living illegally in the United States.  We get to see how these stories affect each other in otherwise inconspicuous ways and watch each person as they experience various forms of predjudice.  Babel stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and Gael Garcia Bernal, and is directed and written by the duo behind Amores Perros and 21 Grams, Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu and Guillermo Arriaga, respectively.  Although this film says a lot about the current sociopolitical climate inherent in our world today, it does little else but flimsily connect four desolate situations.

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