The Last Samurai (2003)

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It’s easy to dismiss The Last Samurai at first glance as just another entry in the evergreen “soldier betrays his masters and goes native” subgenre.  The formula has proven to be a robust one, but the movies it’s yielded have varied widely in quality – from the acclaimed Dances With Wolves to the beautiful but paper-thin Avatar.  The Last Samurai proves to be one of the category’s best entries, setting itself apart through surefooted execution and a deeply human story. Continue reading

Kevin and Vil’s Movie Show: Episode Eight

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This week Vil and I travel to Japan with my brother Sean guest hosting.  Our three movies, Executive Koala, Marebito, and The Machine Girl, are sure to bring great honor to your family.  (Go to 1:35 to skip the music.)

Listen (and call in) to us at our new time, Saturdays from 5-6 P.M., through WNUR at wnur.org.