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War – the ‘Lethal Custom’ E.O.D, I.E.D.s

Tweet The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow Maybe my last war film: willingly seen. As a reviewer I guess I may need to go to future war movies: but I am weary of them. It has all been said. War is a hell that offers the ultimate challenge to a certain concept of courage – […]

Song Of Innocence – Poem, song, children, war

TweetSong of Innocence There are no bad children (Chorus) Born into the world We show them how to hate Teach them how to kill This madness has to stop Before it is too late And the best of us Are lying cold and still He swaggers, rifle at his hip Terrified, the watchers catch their […]

Remembrance Day – Poem: glorious men not glorious dead

Tweet Remembrance Day Etched in unforgiving stone The Glorious Dead implacable stands alone washed in rain and bitter tears blood red poppies do not atone across the bitter years the sadness and the loss As each November nears we mourn our honoured dead with military pomp and facile prayers power privilege and marching bands through […]

Lions For Lambs – wanted – an angry Liberal and an passionate Moderate

Tweet Lions For Lambs – Robert Redford Lion For Lambs fails its own ethic. Its central message is that a better future than the appalling post-9/11 mess of US foreign and domestic politics, requires its brightest and best young people to become engaged in social and political affairs and not to evade the deep challenges […]

If There Is No Eden – Afghanistan, Iraq and other madness

Tweet For those without religious belief who gave their lives and those who mourn them. If There Is No Eden If there is no Eden no paradise to be where shall rest the solace that sets our grieving free No hymns of praise console us still less serried bands the pomp and circumstance of mourning […]

Jarhead – do anti-war films just glorify it more?

Tweet Jarhead – Sam Mendes (BBC Prize-winning Review) Paradox: we regard $80 million dollars (say) to recreate the horrors of war in a fictional setting as morally acceptable but would be outraged if the same scenes were shown from actual footage shot in reality. Worse in a way, we accept millions of dollars as a […]

Hearts and Minds – you can’t bomb an idea

TweetHearts and Minds Hearts and minds, hearts and minds if we can break their grieving hearts and make them lose their anguished minds and set dismembered bodies free in pious hope we think they will salute our victory. Hearts and minds, hearts and minds a nation born in genocide with self-regarding destiny in breach of […]

A Very Long Engagement – Magical realism, love in war

Tweet A Very Long Engagement – Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet A Very Long Engagement is a great read. The film I mean, I haven’t read the book. It is not so much a film of a book as what one might call a ‘book-film’. I have never seen a film which more recalled the experience of […]