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MOVIE REVIEW | ***TOM WEEK*** Emperor (2012)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “A unique perspective on the war and the actions of both sides, that I really enjoyed seeing for the first time.”

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“This has nothing to do with punishment, Your Majesty. I need your help. So, let’s see what we can do to get Japan back on its feet.”

As far as movies about the Second World War go, the battles in Europe against the Germans get way more attention than the battles in the Pacific against the Japanese.  And even when there are movies about the battle in the Pacific against the Japanese, they seem to be mostly concerned with jungle warfare on tiny, remote islands.  And I never thought there was another story to be told, until I watched Emperor.  Now, I can’t believe there aren’t more movies about this amazingly interesting subject; How did Japan rebuild after America dropped two atomic bombs?

The Japanese have surrendered, and General Douglas McArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) has been tasked with getting the country back on its feet.  To help, he enlists General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox).  Fellers has been tracking down Japanese war criminals and now he has to go after the most high profile of all, Japanese Emperor Hirohito (Katataro Kataoka).  But the thing is, trying the supreme leader of Japan for war crimes isn’t as cut and dry as it may seem.  It might keep the American public happy, but it would also leave Japan open to takeover by the communist Chinese. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***TOM WEEK*** The Fugitive (1993)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “As fun as The Fugitive is, there’s no real substance beneath its thrill ride style.”

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“So he showed up not dead yet. Let that be a lesson to you, boys and girls. Don’t ever argue with the big dog, because the big dog is always right.”

It’s been a long, long time since the name Harrison Ford has been able to sell a movie to a wide audience.  Even updates of Indiana Jones and Star Wars are more about the franchises and less about the bloke starring in them.  But in the early 90s, before he was some old crank who slept walked through cookie cutter crap, he was a middle aged almost-crank, who put in some effort when starring in cookie cutter mediocrity, like The Fugitive.

One night, doctor Rickard Kimble (Harrison Ford) comes home to find his wife being attacked and killed by a one armed man.  They fight, but the killer gets away and Kimble is tried and convicted for the murder.  Being transported in a prison bus, another inmate shivs a guard and the ensuing chaos causes an accident the gives Kimble the chance to run.  Hot on his tail, is Deputy US Marshall, Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones). (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

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“If you’re born in Kentucky you’ve got three choices; coal mine, moonshine or move it on down the line.”

Loretta Lynn is pretty famous.  Famous enough that I know her name.  Famous enough that I know she was a country singer.  Famous enough that they made a biopic about her.  Famous enough the I knew that movie existed 35 years after it was made.  But not famous enough that I know any more than that about her.  So is her story interesting and worth telling?  Well, Coal Miner’s Daughter never really proved that to me.


It’s the 40s in Kentucky, which means the 14 year old Loretta (soon to be) Lynn (Sissy Spacek) is old enough to be considered a woman.  When she’s not helping raise one of her dozen or so siblings, she’s busy being wooed by Doolittle Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones).  Back from the war, he’s a cocky loudmouth who takes what he wants, and decides he wants the teenaged Loretta.  Against his better wishes, her father (Levon Helm as the titular coal miner) gives his blessing and soon Doolittle has knocked up Loretta no less than four times. (more…)