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  • Dirty Wars 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Feb, 2014

    Frustrating how impotent it makes one feel in the face of dark powers.

  • Harakiri 1962

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Mar, 2014

    Harakiri is a classic Japanese film from 1962, directed by Masaki Kobayashi and written by Shinobu Hashimoto. Kobayashi is well know for his epic trilogy, The Human Condition, while Hashimoto worked extensively with Akira Kurosawa on such samurai classics as Seven Samurai]] and The Hidden Fortress. Harakiri tells the story of an older, out of work, ronin samurai who wishes an honorable place to commit suicide, but hears the tale of an earlier samurai who tried the same thing. The…

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  • RED 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Jun, 2012 1

    Just finished watching the last 2/3rds of "Red", the kinetic, over-the-top, over-the-hill gang action movie, featuring Bruce Willis, John Malkovic, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker. It was pretty fun although quite ridiculous. It sure seems like they were having a blast making the movie. A couple cool movie tricks (like when Malkovic shot the RPG coming at him, causing a back blast that took out the shooter) raised this up a little. Enjoyable waste of time, I guess.

  • A Very Long Engagement 2004

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Dec, 2005

    A Very Long Engagement is the 2004 film from the Amelie crew, including director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and actress Audrey Tautou. It concerns a young fiance's search for answers after word gets back her lover has been lost at the front. It elegantly captures the ugliness of World War One's trench warfare, yet is curiously uninvolving after the mystery is solved.

    As the movie opens, we see four men being marched along a trench, ankle deep in water as the rain…