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Is there a point to me doing a quick recap of a Godzilla movie plot? I mean, you all know that Godzilla means monsters and destruction, possibly Japan, and possible monster fights, right? That’s all there in the title. So what does this film add to the whole Godzilla mythology? Well, it does have Bryan Cranston1 so that’s a point

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Inception dir. by

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Hmmm, how to review a film where you really don’t want to talk about the plot because you might give stuff away… First off all I guess I say, don’t try and find out about this film before you go see it. Just keep your mind open and go. Of course that is the way I try and see every

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Letters from Iwo Jima dir. by

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based on the book Picture Letters from Commander in Chief by Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Tsuyoko YoshidoI’m not sure what I was really expecting from this film; but I know I didn’t get it. The companion film to Eastwood’s Flag’s of our Fathers, this tells the story of the battle for Iwo Jima from the Japanese perspective. The story begins with the

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Memoirs of a Geisha [based on book] by dir. by

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In short, this is a film that is pretty to look at, but boring to watch. Okay, I’ll say a bit more about it: Memoirs of a Geisha has been somewhat controversial. Some people complained about casting Chinese actors in the roles of Japanese women. And recently China banned it because, well I suppose because of their historical issues with

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The Last Samurai dir. by

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I went to see this film. Sure Japanese swords, fights and Tom Cruise, but apart from the basic plot, which is American soldier with troubled past goes to Japan and finds himself, I did not know what to look forward to. And now that I have seen it I don’t really know

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