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MLatM: Revenge

Debating the merits of movies is something I’ve always enjoyed. When I was younger, especially during my adolescence, I was very harsh on movies. Many pictures suffered a verbal thrashing after only an initial viewing, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve chosen to embrace the beauty of cinema instead.

One of the aspects I’ve learned to consider before digesting my opinion is that of genre. There are the broad-blockbuster-video types such as: action, drama, comedy, and horror. However, genre is much more complex and fragmented. There is also, Thriller, War, Adventure, Science-Fiction, Western, and Romance. Yet, the realm of cinematic genre’s can be further subdivided. In today’s blog I would like to discuss a set of films classified under the emotional category: Revenge.

***The Eagle***

This is a film that is easy to overlook and pan. Relying primarily upon its casting (i.e. Channing Tatum), it’s not difficult to assess the flick as less than A-list. Such a judgment call would be brash however, because the artistic individuals that crafted The Eagle offer up a lot to the observant eye.

Written and directed by the team that created “The Last King of Scotland,” there is no question that the film has depth. Although this depth is tough to decipher as it is not in the script, but rather in the imagery. Many stories of revenge explain the reason for such at the onset. Instead The Eagle weaves the idea throughout the entire narrative whilst setting it in the fog-filled hills of ancient Briton.

This revenge story is all about the darkness that consumes a soul on the quest for such.


A 1968 Cannes Film Festival entry, Kuroneko (“Black Cat” in English), is a haunting take on the concept in discussion. The film open’s with the gruesome deaths of the two female leads. Screams, crackling flames, and strings are the only noises available while innocent lives are vulgarly taken.

Instantly thereafter the samurai culture which caused these women pain is plagued by the paranormal. In classic Japanese fashion the story develops in a very abstract and spiritual way. Furthermore, the film takes an impressive and interesting turn when the husband and son of these two women enters into the picture.

Like many Eastern movies, Kuroneko provides a unique take on a shared experience. Thus, if you’re looking for some new insight on the pains of vengeance… look no further.

If you’re angered and in need of an artistic outlet for pay-back, the above films should help. But be forewarned you “Edmond Dantes,” revenge is bitter sweet. I’ve entertained the inklings of Ben Hur myself, but that’s a story for another entry of my life at the movies.


  • Anonymous

    Broski, although I feel what youre saying I disagree with your sentiment/view on film IE The Eagle. It’s difficult to give EVERYTHING love. If that were possible then EVERYTHING would be a success.
    That said, very well written. I’m really looking forward to seeing Black Cat. The Eagle…I’ll watch that on Action.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that it is difficult to find the good in every film, but it is ultimately rewarding I’ve found. The Eagle was a good flick and there were two things about the film I really enjoyed. First, considering the film revolved around a lost soul, it was cool that the cinematography told that story even more so than the script. Second, the make-up was spectacular, and I am sure those artists are celebrated at their craft. Both The Eagle and Kuroneko were great examples of how to push beyond their concept and provide a tangible emotion. However, there is always room for alternative opinions and debate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    Bro-SEPH. I do admire your appreciation for all films. I am a little more harsh myself, but I definitely connect with your views on depth in imagery. I can personally say that I have watched many movies with little-to-no written validity/purity but plenty of pleasing and theraputic imagery. It’s always a toss up, and it’s just about what you’re in the mood for.

    Either way, I’m diggin brother. Props as usual. Holla.

    • Anonymous

      Thx little bro, and I get you. It’s hard to always be happy with what you paid for. It’s easy to feel your money more important than the product. I think the reason I love film so much is because so much of my time and energy is put towards that aim.

      Also… dig the visual take. Sometimes, more than others, you are very well spoken. I still appreciate that director versus actor argument we had months ago, it helps me understand my take on things better.

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