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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Waiting for the end of the world

Overheard after a trailer for the redundant apocalyptic spectacle "2012" at the 2:30 p.m. matinee of "Inglourious Basterds" at the Regal Thornton Place Stadium Cinemas in Seattle, WA, August 22, 2009, spoken unironically by a male in his early twenties:

"I'm tired of watching the world end."

Me too.

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