I was hoping The Monuments Men would be another Clooney directorial effort on the level of Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind or Good Night, And Good Luck, but it’s more like the sort of okay Leatherheads. Clooney clearly finds the story he’s telling to be interesting and of note, but he never bothers to make you actually care about anything happening on the screen. I honestly can’t recall any of the character’s names in the movie. This is partly because…
This is a movie that was really solid ... until the end. In case you don't know, it's about a girl who is kidnapped and forced into a prostitution ring. She then works her way up the "company" in an attempt to escape. Such a story obviously needs a great ending, and Eden just didn't have it. Oh well.
PS - The operation that the bad guys have going in the movie seems like it would never work.
A Separation took home Best Foreign Picture this year, and I can see why. It's an emotionally powerful film with a slew of great performances. Unfortunately, I can't say much of it managed to resonate with me. I blame cultural differences (I'm not exactly religious or well versed in the people of Iran), but also because there isn't a second of it that isn't exhausting. See it because you should, but don't expect it to change your life.
PS - You might learn something about yourself depending on which character you choose to side with.