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Thursday, 20 September 2012


watched full metal jacket yesterday. i think it's the best war movie of all time. perhaps even the best movie. havent really stopped thinking about it. the expressions on various characters' faces. the duality of man. all that junk. but what makes it better than the rest? or specifically spielberg's saving private ryan. a movie that i found to be unnecessarily horrific. also incredibly sentimental. and the sentimental spielberg films are the ones i dont like so much (AI, amistad, the terminal.. ones i dig: jaws, munich, the adventures of tintin...). when he tells you exactly what to think, how to feel about something.

look! he must be a real boy because he's got a robot bear of his very own. 


Batty: That was irrational of you... not to mention unsportsmanlike.


where roy batty and david are just so obviously robotic but do human things like use sarcasm or are bitchy. there's room for you to make a judgement on how you feel about them. are they human? what is a machine? thought is possible beyond the manipulative doe eyes of haley joel osment.

it's the same with saving private ryan. look at those eyes? can you resist? do you want to cry?
I don’t know. Part of me thinks the kid’s right. What’s he done to deserve this? He wants to stay here, fine. Let’s leave him and go home. But another part of me thinks, what if we stay, and by some miracle we actually make it out of here alive? Someday we might look back on this and decide that saving Private Ryan was the one decent thing we were able to pull out of this whole godawful, shitty mess. 
—Tom Hanks
how about now?


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