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This film is extremely emotinally charged, with very impressive portrayals of victims of the Iraq war, whether it be the soldier himself, or the family he leaves behind. Jake Gyllenhaal, as usual, steals the show, by continually raising his own bar, and blowing me away completely with his acting capabilities. A word of warning, some bits are really very intense, especially when Tobey Maguire is in Iraq, so not for the very sensitive film-watchers. Only criticism I can think of is, perhaps Maguire and Gyllenhaal should have been reversed, although the latter has played this sort-of role several times now, so maybe it was time to give another actor that chance. A pleasant surprise was the actress who plays Tobey's daughter, she is VERY good! All in all, a very engaging film, which will touch you for some time after you've seen it!
Their Eyes Were Watching God
This book is incredibly real, and emotional, and very well-written, it really captures the feel of the South in these times. None of the characters are flat, and even the morally reprehensible characters are still understandable. A book I think should be in everyone's library!