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RocknRolla

Some advice for those who consider a life of crime

We suspect that Guy Ritchie’s comedies are meant to teach the audience a lesson they wouldn’t want to learn. The protagonists are usually entertaining fellows – confident, humorous, attractive. Nevertheless, they rarely succeed, never easily or to great advantage. Admittedly, the stories are not […]

John Carter

This is the account John Carter gives of his exploration of Mars. He first encounters a race of nomadic warriors. Their only art is the art of war. They kill offspring showing weakness at birth. The strong are only educated to speak. A reckless courage & great endurance of pain are their only virtues.

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Sherlock Holmes

The detective as just man

Sherlock Holmes has become salacious. Sexual innuendo & casual vulgarity are added to what was supposed to be a gentleman. Nevertheless, at the end, he refuses to go with the woman. He has chased her throughout, finally catching her. He is aware of her charms, but her fate is […]

The Way Back

On men & freedom

We start in a basement. The Red Army is torturing & forcing confessions. The confessions lead to condemnation: The laws become harsher to men than harsh nature. An attack on the family is an attack on the city.

In the wilderness, freedom is not a state of mind, a pretense. […]

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Robin Hood & the Plantagenet Wars

Russell Crowe, this generation’s man in arms, is back at the work he does best. Events again force him into murder, war, & politics. He must unhesitatingly lead men who hesitate; he must tell them what to believe to fight; & he must endure everything leading to victory. […]