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#248544 - 09/08/08 12:54 AM Warlord
roadrunner Offline
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Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 22045
Loc: Carlisle, PA
This was sent to me by one of my former students who knows my world fell apart at age 10. He wanted to know what I thought of this and whether it speaks to me. It sure does speak to Little Larry, even though I was raised in a safe loving home. See what you think:

Much love,

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

#248561 - 09/08/08 02:45 AM Re: Warlord [Re: roadrunner]
king tut Offline

Registered: 02/13/08
Posts: 2488
Loc: UK
First, i was thinking, what, indians?

But then i realised it wasn't about indians.
But then i was like this is creepy and disturbing, i didn't like that, not at all, it was disturbing me.
But then at the turning point i thought yeah it is pretty good, a good message, liberation, in a way anyway, i like that turning point a lot.
And then it kind of reminded me of lord of the flies.
And the idea became more of a war on the concept of childhood (within the given society), rather than a war on the mother, in my mind anyway.
A war on childhood and games and that ruling family structure, whilst being clear that the adults were normal, or a societies people at least, even with the aspects of closed doors that come with society, and that this thin line between adult and child that blinked within the playground was not so much a response to anything new or traumatic but really an awakening within the children

I liked how the one main boy had this awakening, and realised the pointlesness that everything else seemed to take on, how everything else looked different to him, i think that right there is a survivor thing, how games and things become pointless, the things other people care about, the way things are done and fakeness of things including emotions in some structures, at least that seems true to me. Breaking away from the others, well that is the loneliness that we all feel, but he erects an army so that his loneliness is no longer just his, in effect he makes it so that he isn't alone

But i would have liked to see more on the mother, i see subtle things, but too subtle, the subtleness is there to imply certain normalities i know, broken society, but working only with the boys reaction then the wrong shoulders are weighed down, and then the playground, the feeling was somehow between village of the dammed and the eeryness from the birds, and that exodus was good in cinematic terms anyway, i think

But really i come away feeling a little disturbed, especially with the images of the boy in his room

It is also really an attack on a way of life isn't it, society, fast-food, commercialism, the american smiles of an idylic family, and that kind of childhood, and also the way modern society tries to deal with children

My review though, isn't so good, because i look at what i take away, and from what i know, i don't see this exodus as any real liberation, children are people too, we saw that in lord of the flies, that exodus isn't really a liberation, it isn't really an attack on society to make things better, i mean it is a statement, it started as an awakening, but it becomes a stunt, an anger and a vengeance, but further progress on the short film wouldn't be in my mind to continue this war, but the film shows that the warlord grows old and pretends to be free, to me he seems still very much trapped in his own anger and grief, free from the society that rots, perhaps, but he is still imprisoned, his voice is full of grief, despite the words that come out of his mouth, reconciliation does not come by segregation and anger, although the fury was needed and the stance necessary, but further progress on this film should be to recognise the broken society and not to seek a vengeance that heals none

#249015 - 09/10/08 06:29 PM Re: Warlord [Re: king tut]
Logan Offline

Registered: 04/05/03
Posts: 1368
Loc: NY
Larry I also don't know what to make of this.

I was somewhat disturbing and it also reminded me of Lord of the flies or The Dark Heart in that the line between civility and savagery are very thin and much closer than most people believe, but this movie just proved that further and made me feel sick relating my own experience with it. I was an outsider for so long that I almost fell to the Darkside if you will and took the law into my own hands for my own conceded form of justice.

I did not really like this.


"Terrible thing to live in Fear"-Shawshank Redemption
WOR Alumnus Hope Springs 2009
"Quite a thing to live in fear, this is what is means to be a slave"
-Blade Runner

#249040 - 09/10/08 11:12 PM Re: Warlord [Re: Logan]
M3 Offline

Registered: 09/05/07
Posts: 1392
Loc: Central Ohio
The parody of the boy and his take on modern culture is hilarious!!! I couldn't stop laughing!!!

I'm having a really bad day today and that really brightened it up!

Thanks Larry!


#249099 - 09/11/08 05:35 AM Re: Warlord [Re: M3]
1islandboy Offline

Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 906
Loc: washington
Yes!Yes! I like it.

I have learned as a process of my divorce to act my wage.

I also believe in a more humbler, more NATURAL way of life, is the way to go.

Now, I'm not proposing that everyone live off the grid, (for one,this discussion wouldn't be possible), but for me this serves as a lesson about balance.

Around here, if you want to buy something, you do it during normal business hours.

The almighty dollar isn't so almighty around here.

Yes, we all need to work to survive. But, what (pray tell),is more important than family and friends?

There is a bumper sticker (not that I'm endorsing it, mind you).

It reads, "We dont give a **** how you do it on the mainland."

Pay the bucher,pay the baker,pay the me later...It's only money...!!! (Ardent Anthology)


Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine ~ M.F. Fernandez

#249137 - 09/11/08 04:28 PM Re: Warlord [Re: 1islandboy]
dgoods Offline

Registered: 10/15/07
Posts: 622
Loc: Richmond area
OK, the point about the numb sterility of modern consumer culture is well-made, but whoever made this movie certainly didn't grow up poor- some things made me smile, but overall i found it annoying, in the sense of "Geez- the protagonist would've been one of the kids i was jealous of at that age."

Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak
Whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break.

-William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Sc. III


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