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katie said on February 8th, 2006 at 1:54 pm :

If you are interested in these types of movies I think you would really like the film, Hotel Rwanda. An amazing impactful film on the horror of the genocide in Rwanda and the fact that America disregarded the velocity of the actions being done.


kines said on February 8th, 2006 at 10:34 pm :

hehe. I’ve already seen it =). Great film- I guess it’s that kind of genre of movies I like best. It’s got a pretty happy ending but one has to realise that history isn’t about such endings…


kudu said on February 11th, 2006 at 8:15 am :

i recomend you watch “american history x” its not entirely the same style as the movies youve mentioned recently but its still very good. its about these skinheads who go around with their pro-white campaign only for one to end up in jail. his time there changes his life entierly. the movie is set over the course of 24hrs, the day on which the guy derek is released. its narrated by his little brother who idolises him. very cool technique where flashbacks are shown in b&w. sad ending tho…

Feb 5, 2006 | Lord of War

“There are two types of tragedies in life. One is not getting what you want, the other is getting it.”

I had the opportunity to watch Lord of War (whatwith all the homework I have to get done these days), another powerful film the likes of Cidade de Deus, in which Nicolas Cage as pivotal actor and narrator guides the audience through the life of a gun-runner, running from authorities (including an Interpol agent played by Ethan Hawke) who are essentially powerless to stop them, selling arms from government to government, making truce with neither friend nor foe. Though the Hollywood undercurrent is evident, it does highlight a crucial element of the shadier side of life- namely that the arms trade is a governmental necessity, and that not much is being done in the way to prevent bullets from landing in the hands of those far away from political entities. Perhaps nothing at all is done. There’s a bit of a fatalistic point of view taken in the film, as though nothing can be really done.

The irony of it all? According to Andrew Niccol, a New Zealand-born screenwriter-director, the filmmakers worked with actual gunrunners in the making of the film. The tanks lined up for sale in the movie were owned by a gunrunner who had to have them back to sell to another country (and the director had to warn NATO that the whole thing wasn’t a real war). They even used a real stockpile of over 3,000 AK-47s because it was cheaper than getting prop guns.

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