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  • War Machine

    War Machine

    ★★★½

    Interesting enough, although it doesn't really add anything to the "war is nuts" genre. Brad Pitt was his usual amazing actor, of course. New general comes into Afghanistan, looking to "win" this "war", both terms which were, and sadly still are, terribly and agonizingly ill-defined. He tries some things, most especially trying to take a province of little or no strategic value, thinking it will restore the tarnished American reputation. It doesn't...

    Based on the book (and, originally, a Rolling…

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★★

    Pretty wild movie. Not sure it entirely hung together, but it sure was a fun ride.

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  • RED

    RED

    ★★★½

    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

    A Very Long Engagement

    ★★★½

    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…