The film The Motorcyle Diaries has been on my “to-watch” list since I first heard of it. It tells the tale of the life-changing journey undertaken by Ernest “Che” Guevara and Alberto Granada when they were young adults. The trip has been chronicled as the formation of Che’s outlook on life – it is part of the legend of “El Che.” In documentaries and propaganda it is used to promote him as a larger than life icon of the little guy. That may or may not be true.

What IS true, is the fact that this film tells a great story while careful to avoid the political preaching so common in similar tales. Gael Garcia Bernal creates a compelling Che and is a complete actor. I look forward to seeing him in future projects.

RATING 8 out of 10

I decided to check out Star Wars: Clone Wars for one reason only. Several defenders of SW Episode III mentioned that I would have liked Lucas’ final film had I seen Clone Wars first. They were wrong.

SW:Clone Wars is a TV cartoon series that takes place between Ep II and Ep III. It is told with very subpar artistry. The story is (gasp) just as juvenile as the last three films. In short, this cartoon is a yawner – a less expensive yawner – but still a yawner.

RATING 4 out of 10