Ozu, Leigh, Eastwood: Psychological despair following loss of empire

I saw Clint Eastwood's film, Flags of our Fathers (2006), which depicts the victorious invasion of Iwo Jima by US troops during WWII, in the theater last year. I just now got around to watching his companion film, Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), showing the same invasion from the point of view of the defeated … Continue reading Ozu, Leigh, Eastwood: Psychological despair following loss of empire

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Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES (2007)

For those folks who love good drama, action, and thrills, get out and catch director David Cronenberg's new film, EASTERN PROMISES. It is about the Russian mafia, the "vory v zakone", in modern day London. Cronenberg works again with Viggo Mortensen, who plays Nikolai, a hit man who doubles as a driver. Remember they scored … Continue reading Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES (2007)