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I waited to post this audio clip of my Friday chat with KPAM’s Bob Miller in the Morning team until now because one of the films I mentioned, Restrepo, just arrived at redbox today and I wanted to be able to link to it.
I feel very strongly that every single person in the United States should see this movie. No, I’m not exaggerating. If you live in this country — it doesn’t matter what your politics are (this isn’t a political film in the slightest) — you need to be exposed to the 93 minutes that filmmakers Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) and Tim Hetherington pulled together from their year spent with the Second Platoon in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. Don’t worry, fellow faint-of-heart movie-lovers, there’s hardly any blood or violence shown on-screen. What is shown, however, is the kind of bravery and stoicism that will make you proud to be an American. The little things that annoy you on a daily basis will suddenly seem very small. And I believe that kind of perspective is good to be reminded of every once in a while, don’t you agree?
Remember, this is coming from someone who pretty much avoids war films at all costs. SEE. RESTREPO. It didn’t win Best Documentary at Sundance for nuthin’! Locke’s going to write a little more about it later this week, so I’ll keep it at that. (Except that if you want to know how to pronounce the film’s title, you better listen to my clip linked at the top of this post, or below!)
I was talking about Restrepo, as well as The Dry Land, We Were Soldiers and The Messenger, because KPAM was raising funds for its annual Operation Santa Claus drive which helps Portland area military families experiencing financial hardship. You can listen to our talk about military films here!
Haven’t seen one of the films I mentioned? There’s an easy way to take care of that!
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