Paths of Glory – Review

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Describing Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory certainly is no easy task for someone like myself. In a sense, it’s a film that shows an extremely disgusting picture of the war, especially considering the time in which it came out. Yet amongst all this disgust we witness, we also feel a sense of power in Kubrick’s image of humanity especially in his attacking of the nature of war and how it damages the soul. Paths of Glory is an achievement in humanistic ideals and truly one of, if not, the most powerful of anti-war films, with an ending that will go down as one of the most heartbreaking in all of film history.

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Kiss Me Deadly – Review

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Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly is a convoluted detective noir, just the way I always like everything playing out. Yet the realization behind whatever it is that we’re presented in Kiss Me Deadly gives the idea that indeed there’s more to it than just being a complicated detective story. As a matter of fact, what we have here is one of the most perfect representations of the paranoia surrounding a specific fear of a nuclear apocalypse. It’s there we see Kiss Me Deadly isn’t completely the noir that it promised itself to be, maybe it was more a horror film about the devastation that Americans had been afraid of, especially amidst the paranoia in regards to the Cold War.

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