I like films about lonely people
‘We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.’ —Anaïs Nin
I have never cared less about a protagonist. I hate J.D. The character and the real guy. And this is coming from someone who has had many hard knocks in life and who is currently getting through law school. I just didn't care about him at all.
Close, Adams and Bennett are great, though.
"Boy, some partner I picked."
"You didn't pick me, I picked you."
"Because you gave me your last match. You made me laugh."
Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the very same time. Hackman and Pacino at the top of their game.
The symbolism of the lamp and giving someone your last match is very poignant. To what extent are we willing to sacrifice our own light and warmth for other people's happiness because we care for them? At what point does our own light begin to be depleted if we're not too careful?
In my opinion, war films should rarely have feel-good moments. They also should rarely have any true resolution at their conclusion. If they do, they are at best a poor representation of the often random and nonsensical horrors of war and at worst an insult to the men, women and children who have experienced them. This film has neither, or rather, what semblance of order and peace that exists in the beginning is incrementally stripped away the further it progresses.…