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If, fine and gentle readers, you can manage to get to my fortified compound in Manassas, Virginia in the next fifteen (15) minutes, you are welcome to join me as I watch Master Filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s epic masterpieces YOJIMBO (用心棒) and RAN (乱), the latter based partially on Shakespeare’s own masterpiece KING LEAR.

I got tea, I got coffee, I got cereal, I got carrots, I got apples . . . listen baby I got the good stuff over here. It’s cold outside, I look like I’m dying, and I’ll be very friendly to you out of habit alone. It won’t be forced. You can have your own pillow, you can have your own blanket. I will not make any commentary about the script nor the production of the film(s) in question if you ask me not to (you only have to ask once).

Dante is asleep. He’s happy. He’s cool.

I’m ready. Let’s do this god dang thing. One last time. Get over here. I’m ready.