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The Host

(Korea, English subtitles): I know that a lot of people have probably already seen this one, but I missed it, and I have been doing a Bong Joon-Ho movie-watching binge, and here we are. Kang-du is a single father of Hyun-seo; both live with his father. Kang-du appears to be narcoleptic, falling asleep at the window of the little store his father owns. One day, as he is delivering food to a customer outside, a slimy fish-lizard like creature arises from the river and creates mayhem and, at the same time, takes Hyun-seo. The remainder of the film is about …

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Jesus Camp

This documentary provides an enlightenting examination of “Kids on Fire”, an Evangelical summer camp for Christian children and their parents, the children who attend, and Becky Fisher, the woman who started the camp. Some of the images are memorable – kids crying, speaking in tongues, and being provided “instruction” on the immorality of abortion. There is one scene with a cutout of George Bush Jr. that is rather bizarre. My immediate reaction was “indoctrination”, but is it really indoctrination? I think it is a credit to the film that it provides a pretty balanced look at the experience and the …

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A Scanner Darkly

The story is set in the near future in a society in which drugs seem to flow freely and political corruption exists. The film appears to take a cynical view on the war on drugs – it is confined to undercover agents, many of whom are hooked on D, a drug that causes people to develop split personalities, in order to hunt drug suppliers undercover. Keanu Reeves plays Bob Arctor, one of the undercover officers who appears in pubic in special suits that constantly change the wearer’s physical appearance. He lives with Jim Barris, played by Robert Downey Jr. Bob …

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