Reviews

  • Jan 11, 2011

    Brilliant. A must see for anyone interested in South America and it's socio-political cultures.

    Brilliant. A must see for anyone interested in South America and it's socio-political cultures.

  • Nov 26, 2005

    My rating is biased because all the beautiful scenery and mood brought back a lot of memories of my trip through South America. If I had never traveled to SA, I would probably give it a 5. Not a whole lot of stellar acting or plot development, but, then again, the film portrays the lives of ordinary people, which is hardly ever stellar or dramatic - only real. I enjoyed it a lot, but most would probably think it was rather slow and self-indulgent.

    My rating is biased because all the beautiful scenery and mood brought back a lot of memories of my trip through South America. If I had never traveled to SA, I would probably give it a 5. Not a whole lot of stellar acting or plot development, but, then again, the film portrays the lives of ordinary people, which is hardly ever stellar or dramatic - only real. I enjoyed it a lot, but most would probably think it was rather slow and self-indulgent.

  • Feb 12, 2005

    Incredible scenery, exceptional acting, but don't watch it looking for any special insight into Che.

    Incredible scenery, exceptional acting, but don't watch it looking for any special insight into Che.

  • Jan 31, 2005

    Hmmm I seem to have forgotten to rate a few movies I have seen over the past few months..... I bought a new .38 online a week ago it should be here soon. Its the first gun I have ever bought off the internet. I'm excited. I really couldnt afford it but I justified by telling myself it was such a good price and I could always resell it and make a profit. Now I have two vehicles parked outside of my house that dont run. I finally moved my motorcycle from my freinds garage to my house. Its a 78 honda on a Paco frame. Nothing is stock but the enginge. Its a real chopper, not like those monstrosities you see on the Discovery channel or the crap Jesse James and company produce. Most of there bikes look like Walt Disney and Mattel decided to design a motorcycle. No fleck paint or chrome on my bike just flat black spray paint and rust.

    Hmmm I seem to have forgotten to rate a few movies I have seen over the past few months..... I bought a new .38 online a week ago it should be here soon. Its the first gun I have ever bought off the internet. I'm excited. I really couldnt afford it but I justified by telling myself it was such a good price and I could always resell it and make a profit. Now I have two vehicles parked outside of my house that dont run. I finally moved my motorcycle from my freinds garage to my house. Its a 78 honda on a Paco frame. Nothing is stock but the enginge. Its a real chopper, not like those monstrosities you see on the Discovery channel or the crap Jesse James and company produce. Most of there bikes look like Walt Disney and Mattel decided to design a motorcycle. No fleck paint or chrome on my bike just flat black spray paint and rust.

  • Jan 01, 2005

    i like the vignette style of unfolding his developing state of mind. i think they could have stopped the movie when he reached the leper side of the river, though maybe as storytelling it was better to bring the audience down a little bit before the 'dry' information wrapping up. the photos at the end were cool, as was bringing in the actual alberto for the quick cameo at the end. it was good just to see his face and his eyes. unlike most documenteries that prefer not to provide the contrast between the real people and the movie. somehow the young che came off well and real, and not as a saint. probably b/c he was very young. he didn't have all the answers.

    i like the vignette style of unfolding his developing state of mind. i think they could have stopped the movie when he reached the leper side of the river, though maybe as storytelling it was better to bring the audience down a little bit before the 'dry' information wrapping up. the photos at the end were cool, as was bringing in the actual alberto for the quick cameo at the end. it was good just to see his face and his eyes. unlike most documenteries that prefer not to provide the contrast between the real people and the movie. somehow the young che came off well and real, and not as a saint. probably b/c he was very young. he didn't have all the answers.

  • Oct 14, 2004

    ...and for some reason, I derive a lot of pleasure out of your misery. Schilling, finished. Pedro, washed up. Timely hitting, non-existent. Who's your daddy? The Yankees. And I'm not even a Yankee fan. I just hate the Red Sox with every fiber of my being. So, lick that. [img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/focus_features/the_motorcycle_diaries/_group_photos/gael_garcia_bernal3.jpg[/img] See the above picture? Este es la Patagonia Chilena, where yours truly did a 90-day wilderness expedition back in 1997 while taking a semester off from school. This is also one of the settings of [b]The Motorcycle Diaries[/b], a film that documents the awakening of a social consciousness of one of the most (in)famous rebels of the 20th century. I am not a Che Guevara apologist by any means, but I have always found him to be a fascinating persona, long before it became trendy for Marxist wannabes to wear his mug on an olive-drab Tee-shirt. I studied a lot about the Cuban Revolution and the history of colonial dominance in Latin America, and from an objective standpoint, can sympathize with the disenfranchised farmers and [i]pobladores[/i] who, following leaders like Che, took arms to battle unjust tyranny. Of course, the end result was a lot of hypocrisy and propaganda, but that has no effect on the actual reasons for the uprising, and how and why it made sense to a lot of deprived people at one time. So, while the film conveniently ignores the aftermath of Che's spiritual transformation, to me, that's OK, as it nicely lays out his idealistic visions of unity without ever becoming too preachy. Surely, the contemplative and increasingly charismatic "man of the people" is essentially portrayed here without flaws, and there is no question this is a biased biography. Some would probably say it meanders too much, but hey, it's a road movie, with each stop along the way contributing to the crystallization of a defiant leader. There is enough humor and chemistry between the two leads to wade through the slow parts, and the voice-over narration from Che's diary and letters to his mother provide some profound insight into his ever-changing worldview. Love him or hate him, Che wasn't all bad. And this movie, well, it's all good.

    ...and for some reason, I derive a lot of pleasure out of your misery. Schilling, finished. Pedro, washed up. Timely hitting, non-existent. Who's your daddy? The Yankees. And I'm not even a Yankee fan. I just hate the Red Sox with every fiber of my being. So, lick that. [img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/focus_features/the_motorcycle_diaries/_group_photos/gael_garcia_bernal3.jpg[/img] See the above picture? Este es la Patagonia Chilena, where yours truly did a 90-day wilderness expedition back in 1997 while taking a semester off from school. This is also one of the settings of [b]The Motorcycle Diaries[/b], a film that documents the awakening of a social consciousness of one of the most (in)famous rebels of the 20th century. I am not a Che Guevara apologist by any means, but I have always found him to be a fascinating persona, long before it became trendy for Marxist wannabes to wear his mug on an olive-drab Tee-shirt. I studied a lot about the Cuban Revolution and the history of colonial dominance in Latin America, and from an objective standpoint, can sympathize with the disenfranchised farmers and [i]pobladores[/i] who, following leaders like Che, took arms to battle unjust tyranny. Of course, the end result was a lot of hypocrisy and propaganda, but that has no effect on the actual reasons for the uprising, and how and why it made sense to a lot of deprived people at one time. So, while the film conveniently ignores the aftermath of Che's spiritual transformation, to me, that's OK, as it nicely lays out his idealistic visions of unity without ever becoming too preachy. Surely, the contemplative and increasingly charismatic "man of the people" is essentially portrayed here without flaws, and there is no question this is a biased biography. Some would probably say it meanders too much, but hey, it's a road movie, with each stop along the way contributing to the crystallization of a defiant leader. There is enough humor and chemistry between the two leads to wade through the slow parts, and the voice-over narration from Che's diary and letters to his mother provide some profound insight into his ever-changing worldview. Love him or hate him, Che wasn't all bad. And this movie, well, it's all good.

  • Oct 03, 2004

    [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/motorcycle_diaries/gallery.php?page=18&size=lores"][/url][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/motorcycle_diaries/gallery.php?page=2&size=lores"][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1136253/TheMotorcycleDiaries-photo_01.jpg[/img][/url] [/font][/color][/size] :fresh: Grade: A-

    [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/motorcycle_diaries/gallery.php?page=18&size=lores"][/url][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/motorcycle_diaries/gallery.php?page=2&size=lores"][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1136253/TheMotorcycleDiaries-photo_01.jpg[/img][/url] [/font][/color][/size] :fresh: Grade: A-