The Last Samurai

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R.J. Stove with an excellent, excellent review of the most ignored, yet good movie of the year.

7:39 am on April 19, 2004

The Last Samurai

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I don’t see why Sailer didn’t like the Last Samurai. It was the only movie I’ve seen in a long time that didn’t seem twice too long. It manages to be pro-rebel, anti-imperialist, and pro-monarchy all at once, and provides a devastating indictment of how governments misuse capitalist technology to smash indigenous cultures (thus putting a new spin on an old leftist complaint about technological advance). It is also a beautiful movie. What’s not to like?

2:06 pm on January 12, 2004