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12 Years a Slave by Thomas
January 30, 2014, 6:59 pm
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In another Best Picture nominee, Chiwetel Ejiofor is a free black man circa 1840 who gets lured down to Washington, DC and sold into slavery.  He endures bigotry and back breaking labor, his body riven with scars; the director of photography uses long lenses to focus in on every pore of Ejiofor’s tortured face. Michael Fassbinder also appears, as a drunk and sadistic slave owner.  The movie is visceral and unbearably intense, but, unlike most Hollywood films, all of this violence is actually meaningful.  Worth watching.

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12 Years a Slave 

Ran (乱) by Thomas
July 25, 2013, 5:49 pm
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A shogun decides to give up his throne to his three sons. As in King Lear, this leads to a series of unintended and disastrous consequences.  The result is raw and disturbing, as well as visually stunning.  The glorious color makes you wonder why you even liked Kurosawa’s black and white movies. (Oh right, you liked them because they are awesome.) The battle scenes are crazy,  especially when you consider that they only had twelve million dollars! Even twelve million 1985 dollars is a paltry sum for an epic like this.  I’m gonna go for Required Viewing on this one.

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King Arthur (2004) by tincolor

Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd and Keira Knightley play medieval characters that only in name bear any resemblance to King Arthur. Boring, bad, boring and boring. There really is no reason this movie needs to be called King Arthur, because he’s neither king, nor does he do any of the things we all know him for. But that wouldn’t matter at all if this were at all a decent movie. Barely barely watchable. Oh, who am I kidding? Unwatchable.

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