Redbelt

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When is a martial arts film not a film about martial arts? When it is a David Mamet film of course.

Chiwetel Ejiofor in Redbelt
Chiwetel Ejiofor in Redbelt
Redbelt tells the story of Mike Terry[1] who is a struggling[2] Jiu-jitsu instructor. His wife, Sondra is forced to direct money from her business into his in order to pay his bills. And she isn’t that happy about it. Especially because Mike will not fight in competitions; he sees them as weakening. A fight is a fight, a competition has rules and regulations, it isn’t a real fight. He also spouts “philosophical” statements about Jiu-jitsu and life in general. The main one being that there is always a way out.

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Linknotes:

  1. a man with two front names=invincible!
  2. poverty wise I mean. He has it going on with the fighting and shit

Howl’s Moving Castle


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Veronica Guerin

Went to see Veronica Guerin last week. It a film based on the true story of Veronica Guerin, a journalist with the Irish Independent who was murdered in 1996 because of her investigations into organised crime in Dublin.

In the film Cate Blanchett plays Veronica and from what I could see the rest of the cast as played by Irish actors (including a wonderful cameo from Colin Farrell). Its a good film, but watching it I couldn’t help but try and compare it to what I would see as real, and obviously as a film it isn’t/wasn’t real. Still overall it was a good film, that doesn’t really take too many liberties with the truth (or at least what I think of as the truth). Read more about Veronica Guerin