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spoiler alert: about the ending of Snowpiercer

7 hours ago

[major spoilers for Snowpiercer; spoiler-free review here]

I confess to being a little mystified when I hear that some people are upset by how Snowpiercer ends. Because while what happens in the last ten minutes or so of the film may not constitute a traditional happy ending, it is the only possible — the only honest and authentic — “happy ending” for the story as it has been set up. Anything else than what we get would render the story a tragedy on every level.

Stories of rebellions against evil overlords and unfair systems are rife in our culture. From the story of Jesus to Star Wars, we are bombarded with men — it’s almost always men — who are rankled by the injustice they see around them and often suffer under, and who are moved to attempt to upend it; sometimes the job of righting wrongs is forced upon them, but they eventually accept this job as a thing that Must Be Done. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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new and ongoing dvd & streaming releases, Us/Can/UK, from Sep 01-02

14 hours ago

A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails.

new Us/Can Sep 02    streaming only Life of Crime The Two Faces of January    dvd/streaming Night Moves They Came Together Whitewash Citizen Koch Draft Day Moms Night Out new UK Sep 01    streaming only Frank A Thousand Times Good Night Welcome to New York Sabotage Bad Neighbours (aka Neighbors)    dvd/streaming Next Goal Wins The Amazing Spider-Man 2 A Perfect Plan Mr. Morgan’s Last Love

more recent releases Us/Can    streaming only Belle Beyond the Edge Captain America: The Winter Soldier Coherence The Congress Dinosaur 13 The Fault in Our Stars Frequencies Godzilla Happy Christmas Ilo Ilo The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Life Itself A Long Way Down The Lunchbox Mistaken for Strangers »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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