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the_DT
postman_NN
delivers_VBZ
but_CC
not_XNOT
first_OD
class_NN
the_DT
postman_NN
a_DT
film_NN
review_NN
by_IN
michael_NP
redman_NP
copyright_NN
1997_CD
by_IN
michael_NP
redman_NP
[_???
warning_NN
:_:
my_PP$
opinion_NN
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
definitely_RB
in_IN
the_DT
minority_NN
of_IN
reviewers_NNS
perhaps_RB
because_CS
it_PP
hits_VBZ
so_RB
many_DT
of_IN
my_PP$
cinematic_JJ
buttons_NNS
:_:
post-apocalypse_NN
stories_NNS
,_,
hope_NN
in_IN
a_DT
desperate_JJ
situation_NN
,_,
grassroots_NNS
uprisings_NNS
and_CC
kevin_NP
costner_NN
._.
even_RB
worse_JJR
,_,
i_PP
thought_VBD
that_CS
"_"
waterworld_NN
"_"
was_BEDZ
watchable_JJ
._.
read_VB
the_DT
following_JJ
with_IN
those_DT
particular_JJ
grains_NNS
of_IN
salt_NN
._.
]_???
it_PP
's_MD
the_DT
year_NN
2013_CD
and_CC
things_NNS
have_HV
fallen_VBN
apart_RB
._.
due_JJ
to_IN
a_DT
world_NN
war_NN
in_IN
the_DT
late_JJ
nineties_CD
,_,
the_DT
resulting_JJ
three-year_JJ
winter_NN
and_CC
a_DT
devastating_JJ
plague_NN
,_,
life_NN
in_IN
the_DT
former_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
has_HVZ
been_BEN
reduced_VBN
to_IN
isolated_JJ
primitive_JJ
fiefdoms_NNS
._.
although_CS
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
future_NN
,_,
it_PP
looks_VBZ
like_IN
a_DT
western_JJ
._.
as_CS
the_DT
film_NN
opens_VBZ
,_,
kevin_NP
costner_NN
(_(
his_PP$
character_NN
's_POS
name_NN
is_BEZ
never_RB
revealed_VBN
)_)
is_BEZ
wandering_VBG
the_DT
utah_???
wastelands_NNS
with_IN
only_RB
his_PP$
mule_NN
bill_NN
for_IN
company_NN
._.
giving_VBG
extraordinarily_RB
bad_JJ
shakespearean_JJ
performances_NNS
in_IN
exchange_NN
for_IN
food_NN
and_CC
lodging_NN
,_,
costner_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
outsider_NN
in_IN
a_DT
land_NN
of_IN
outsiders_NNS
._.
running_VBG
into_IN
even_RB
worse_JJR
luck_NN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
forcibly_RB
conscripted_VBN
into_IN
the_DT
racially_RB
pure_JJ
holnist_NN
army_NN
of_IN
general_JJ
bethlehem_NP
(_(
will_NN
patton_NP
)_)
._.
the_DT
rag-tag_NP
retro-futuristic_JJ
cavalry_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
descendent_NN
of_IN
militia_NN
groups_NNS
and_CC
is_BEZ
even_RB
called_VBN
the_DT
"_"
clan_NN
"_"
after_IN
a_DT
brutal_JJ
boot_NN
camp_NN
,_,
he_PP
(_(
and_CC
you_PP
can_MD
see_VB
this_DT
coming_JJ
a_DT
mile_NN
away_RB
)_)
escapes_NNS
._.
taking_VBG
shelter_NN
in_IN
a_DT
wrecked_JJ
postal_JJ
truck_NN
,_,
he_PP
liberates_VBZ
the_DT
uniform_NN
and_CC
mail_NN
bag_NN
from_IN
the_DT
skeleton_NN
in_IN
the_DT
cab_???
who_NP
no_NN
longer_RBR
has_HVZ
a_DT
use_NN
for_IN
either_DT
._.
once_RB
he_PP
reaches_VBZ
oregon_NP
,_,
land_NN
of_IN
beautiful_JJ
women_NNS
,_,
bright_JJ
youngsters_NNS
and_CC
rock_NN
and_CC
roll_NN
;_;
he_PP
pretends_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
representative_NN
from_IN
the_DT
"_"
restored_JJ
congress_NN
of_IN
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
of_IN
america_NP
"_"
._.
this_DT
scam_???
gets_VBZ
him_PP
inside_IN
the_DT
walled_JJ
towns_NNS
where_CS
the_DT
promise_NN
of_IN
mail_NN
delivery_NN
renews_VBZ
optimism_NN
in_IN
the_DT
hearts_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
inhabitants_NNS
._.
food_NN
and_CC
other_JJ
opportunities_NNS
come_VB
his_PP$
way_NN
in_IN
the_DT
form_NN
of_IN
spirited_JJ
abby_NP
(_(
olivia_NP
williams_NP
)_)
who_WP
wants_VBZ
him_PP
to_TO
father_NN
a_DT
child_NN
because_CS
her_PP
husband_NN
is_BEZ
sterile_JJ
._.
shortly_RB
her_PP
husband_NN
is_BEZ
killed_VBN
by_IN
bethlehem_NP
and_CC
she_PP
and_CC
the_DT
postman_NN
(_(
as_CS
costner_NN
is_BEZ
referred_VBN
to_IN
for_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
)_)
become_VB
a_DT
reluctant_JJ
item_NN
._.
although_CS
the_DT
postman_NN
knows_VBZ
he_PP
's_BEZ
running_VBG
a_DT
fraud_NN
,_,
the_DT
concept_NN
of_IN
renewed_JJ
communications_NNS
sets_NNS
the_DT
kids_NNS
'_"
imagination_NN
afire_NP
(_(
especially_RB
ford_NP
lincoln_NP
mercury_NP
(_(
larenz_NP
tate_NP
)_)
,_,
his_PP$
second-in-command_NN
)_)
and_CC
they_PP
form_VB
a_DT
new_JJ
pony_???
express_JJ
dedicated_JJ
to_IN
getting_VBG
the_DT
mail_NN
through_IN
._.
the_DT
revived_JJ
postal_JJ
service_NN
doubles_NNS
as_IN
an_DT
army_NN
to_IN
fight_NN
the_DT
holnists_NNS
'_"
tyranny_NN
._.
the_DT
postman_NN
has_HVZ
become_VBN
a_DT
symbol_NN
for_IN
hope_NN
in_IN
a_DT
rube_???
goldberg_NP
manner_NN
._.
although_CS
the_DT
movie_NN
appeals_NNS
to_IN
my_PP$
sensibilities_NNS
,_,
there_EX
are_BER
so_RB
many_DT
things_NNS
wrong_JJ
with_IN
it_PP
that_CS
they_PP
can_MD
hardly_RB
be_BE
counted_VBN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
derivitive_JJ
of_IN
costner_NN
's_POS
own_DT
"_"
waterworld_NN
"_"
and_CC
clint_NN
eastwood_NN
westerns_NNS
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
little_DT
here_RB
that_CS
we_PP
haven't_HV
seen_VBN
dozens_NNS
of_IN
times_NNS
before_IN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
often_RB
down-right_VBN
corny_JJ
._.
a_DT
scene_NN
where_CS
the_DT
postman_NN
is_BEZ
on_IN
horseback_NN
and_CC
grabs_VBZ
a_DT
letter_NN
from_IN
the_DT
hands_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
bright-eyed_JJ
child_NN
is_BEZ
embarrassing_JJ
in_IN
its_PP$
slow-motion_NN
banality_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
final_JJ
few_DT
minutes_NNS
should_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
left_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
cutting_NN
room_NN
floor_NN
._.
despite_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
excessive_JJ
three_CD
hour_NN
length_NN
,_,
several_DT
things_NNS
are_BER
never_RB
explained_VBN
._.
what_WDT
was_BEDZ
the_DT
war_NN
about_IN
?_?
how_WRB
did_DOD
civilization_NN
change_NN
so_RB
rapidly_RB
?_?
everyone_PN
has_HVZ
horses_NNS
:_:
where_CS
did_DOD
all_PDT
they_PP
come_VB
from_IN
?_?
the_DT
"_"
law_NN
of_IN
eights_NNS
"_"
that_CS
bethlehem_NP
lives_NNS
by_IN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
its_PP$
origins_NNS
somewhere_RB
beyond_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
where_CS
?_?
are_BER
we_PP
to_IN
believe_VB
that_RB
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
world_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
same_DT
shape_NN
and_CC
hasn't_HVZ
made_VBN
their_PP$
way_NN
west_NN
to_IN
help_NN
or_CC
conquer_VB
?_?
there_EX
is_BEZ
some_DT
jumbled_JJ
symbolism_NN
here_RB
that_CS
doesn't_DOZ
appear_VB
to_TO
make_VB
sense_NN
._.
the_DT
tale_NN
is_BEZ
obviously_RB
saying_VBG
that_DT
communication_NN
can_MD
defeat_VB
evil_JJ
in_IN
much_DT
the_DT
same_DT
way_NN
that_CS
the_DT
internet_NN
has_HVZ
the_DT
potential_JJ
to_IN
topple_VB
governments_NNS
,_,
but_CC
beyond_IN
that_DT
there_RB
are_BER
some_DT
oddities_NNS
._.
the_DT
evil_JJ
army_NN
is_BEZ
called_VBN
"_"
holnists_NNS
"_"
which_WDT
sounds_VBZ
coincidentally_RB
like_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
age_NN
"_"
holism_NN
"_"
,_,
but_CC
why_WRB
?_?
is_BEZ
it_PP
another_DT
coincidence_NN
that_CS
it_PP
takes_VBZ
place_NN
in_IN
2013_CD
,_,
just_RB
one_CD
year_NN
after_IN
many_DT
ancient_JJ
prophesies_NNS
(_(
including_IN
the_DT
ending_NN
of_IN
the_DT
mayan_NP
calendar_NN
)_)
predict_VB
a_DT
new_JJ
world_NN
for_IN
mankind_NN
?_?
why_WRB
is_BEZ
the_DT
general_JJ
named_JJ
"_"
bethlehem_NP
"_"
?_?
there_RB
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
some_DT
reason_NN
for_IN
that_DT
,_,
but_CC
what_WDT
?_?
sometimes_RB
the_DT
movie_NN
feels_VBZ
like_IN
a_DT
joke_NN
._.
an_DT
army_NN
of_IN
postal_JJ
workers_NNS
armed_JJ
with_IN
guns_NNS
?_?
considering_VBG
the_DT
headlines_NNS
of_IN
recent_JJ
years_NNS
,_,
it_PP
takes_VBZ
a_DT
tremendous_JJ
leap_NN
of_IN
faith_NN
to_IN
cheer_NN
for_IN
these_DT
guys_NNS
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
even_RB
more_DT
difficult_JJ
to_IN
accept_VB
those_DT
re-powering_NN
the_DT
federal_JJ
government_NN
as_IN
the_DT
heroes_NNS
._.
given_VBN
the_DT
current_JJ
climate_NN
of_IN
the_DT
country_NN
and_CC
the_DT
distrust_NN
of_IN
big_JJ
government_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
asking_VBG
a_DT
lot_NN
for_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
to_IN
get_VB
behind_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
nationalism_NN
._.
even_RB
with_IN
its_PP$
numerous_JJ
flaws_NNS
,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
all_PDT
comes_VBZ
together_RB
,_,
if_CS
only_RB
for_IN
those_DT
who_WP
have_HV
the_DT
same_DT
weaknesses_NNS
that_CS
i_PP
have_HV
._.
it_NN
's_POS
doubtful_JJ
that_CS
"_"
the_DT
postman_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
going_VBG
to_TO
find_VB
much_DT
of_IN
an_DT
audience_NN
,_,
but_CC
a_DT
few_DT
of_IN
us_PP
are_BER
going_VBG
to_TO
have_HV
a_DT
good_JJ
time_NN
._.
besides_RB
we're_???
all_PDT
awaiting_VBG
the_DT
fall_NN
of_IN
civilization_NN
caused_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
year_NN
2000_CD
millennium_NN
computer_NN
bug_NN
._.
(_)
michael_NP
redman_NP
has_HVZ
written_VBN
this_DT
column_NN
for_IN
over_IN
22_CD
years_NNS
and_CC
would_MD
like_VB
to_IN
announce_VB
that_RB
the_DT
"_"
michael_NP
redman_NP
"_"
arrested_VBN
near_IN
indianapolis_NP
last_OD
week_NN
for_IN
accepting_VBG
an_DT
illicit_JJ
package_NN
from_IN
federal_JJ
express_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
to_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
of_IN
his_PP$
knowledge_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
him_PP
._.
perhaps_RB
this_DT
similarly-named_JJ
person_NN
should_MD
have_HV
used_VBN
kevin_NP
costner_NN
's_POS
postal_JJ
service_NN
._.
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