Gran Torino

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At the beginning of Gran Torino, bitter racist Korean war veteran Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) just lost his wife.  He doesn’t have much in common with his two grown children, and finds his grandchildren to be annoying and rude.  Now living alone in his Detroit-area house, he’s diligently keeping the place well kept, while the neighborhood around him is slowly falling into decay, as more immigrants move into the area, much to Walt’s chagrin.  His next-door neighbors are a Hmong …

Letters from Iwo Jima

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Merry Christmas! To celebrate the day of the most-famous-of-Jews birth, I went with BigSheb to go see a film that had nothing to do with religion: Letters from Iwo Jima. This sister film to Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers shows the battle for Iwo Jima from the perspective of the Japanese men who were stationed there. We learn a bit about them, their thoughts, and their ultimate failure as they try to defend the island from the invading American …