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  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    ★★★★

    Oh, you watched all of the Lord of the Ring movies in one day? Cool. I watched the whole Human Condition trilogy. That's what I'm doing with my life.

    How can a movie this beautiful be this bleak? Just a straight up brutal film, start to finish.

  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    ★★★★½

    At first this just feels like an attempt to recreate elements that worked in the first film, with some obvious differences (most importantly his lack of power for nearly all of the film). The basic training sequences are torturous but effective, and his ways of training parallel his ways of running the camps. It was all familiar stubbornness, but then we get to the battle sequences at the end and it turns into All Quiet on the Western Front for a brutal ending. This is the Empire Strikes Back of the Human Condition films.

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    This is the future of feminism in film, in my opinion. Not some 20-something model-looking actress playing a superhero with cleavage and a short skirt, but stories of actual women. It isn't about hitting us over the head with some obvious pandering, but has much more nuance than that. It is simply about representation, and shame on Hollywood for not allowing more stories like this to get made. There is a reason the same 5 actresses over 50 always play…

  • A Touch of Zen

    A Touch of Zen

    ★★★★

    Well, that was a movie! Honesty, the first hour dragged a bit for me. Not that I was bored, but when I realized a third of the film was over, it seemed like hardly anything had happened. It picks up with the action, and a crazy ending that I did not see coming!