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Godzilla (2014)

What elevates a lot of concepts from good to great is how well they can be reinterpreted outside of their original presentation. While we often decry Hollywood remakes of movies that don’t need to be remade, or see them as signs of a movie industry that has run out of ideas, there are those wellsprings that really do reward us by going back to them again and again, each time trying something a little different than before. 920 more words


Track 20: Gods of Hellfire

The next stage of the journey was getting into another military cargo plane. We’d be flying to Kansas City. Then, depending on the amount of groundfire, we’d either drive to Saint Louis or get back on the plane. 2,170 more words

Nathan Jacobs


Stories within stories are a time-honored writing tradition, but one notoriously tricky to pull off, lest the narrative gets lost within its own convolutions. Likewise, stories about dreamworlds, especially when done in movies, are tricky business because their license for surreality can more easily capture the limitless SFX of a dream-vision, but not the compelling sense of reality that comes along with it. 959 more words


Tampopo (1985, Itami Jûzô)

Tampopo is a cinematic appreciation of Japanese food culture. Writer and director Itami also has some love of cinema things, but it’s all about the food. 670 more words


Track 17: Badlands

“So,” I asked, as we boarded a military plane, “why are we leaving?” Several families and individuals, maybe other people in witness protection, maybe families of military brass, and some soldiers and FBI agents were also crammed in with us. 1,547 more words

Nathan Jacobs

"Letters From Iwo Jima" (2006, Ken Watanabe, Clint Eastwood)

Grade B+

Manny’s Movie Musings: “Letters From Iwo Jima” is one half of a two movie set about the World War II battle on the island of Iwo Jima. 149 more words


Ikari |Rage |Anger (2016)

Kurang lebih satu jam kemudian film ini mensleeding hatiku so hard hingga amburadul. Pengalaman menonton film paling menyakitkan tahun ini. Inilah horor yang hakiki. Tak hanya membuat kaget, tapi juga sedih sekali, disusul dengan kemarahan yang meletup letup seperti air dalam panci yukihira nabe saat kamu masak aer biar mateng. 732 more words