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Matthew Modine's voice takes you on a personal journey through his struggle to become Private Joker, the difficulties and joys that accompanied his experience on and off the film set, while he shares some interesting reflections on war, politics, love, kubrick, fatherhood and, ultimately, life. Loved it.
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As a film critic, I have always been interested in evaluating how a movie makes me feel and how it compares to others. This journal, for the first time, has made me absolutely fascinated in the filmmaking process. That is, the way in which special effects are handled, the way scenes evolve and take shape over the course of a shoot, and the way actors/directors/crew interact when the cameras are not rolling.
This account of the history of FULL METAL JACKET also increased my reverence for Stanley Kubrick's talent (and convinced me that he was definitely a bit of a jerk, albeit a genius one, too). The film is a masterpiece and one of my favorites of all-time and learning about the details of how it was made gave me a lot of joy. This is a must-read for fans of the director or this film, and I will be eagerly seeking out stories like this about other favorite films of my own.