I saw Restrepo in a unique situation. I was at the theater with about 20 young men who were assigned to and fought at Restrepo. After speaking with them, I found that they were the one's that closed Restrepo in April of 2010. Watching this movie and hearing their comments and commentary during the movie was much more then just watching a documentary. They recognized and felt the emotions that the soldiers on the screen were feeling. They'd laugh at simple things that unless you were in the military at some point in your life, you probably wouldn't see the humor in it, and when a soldier died,,,well they were as quiet and somber as would be expected out of respect and the true feelings of losing a brother. Losing a member of your family hurts all of us, losing a brother in war hurts not only your person, but leaves a void in you that can only be held in, you each deal with it in your own way and on your own terms. No one can take that from you. No one. The movie gave people that will never see war a small glimpse into the war that no other movie has given. But just a small glimpse. What all these men, these brothers went through and are going through will never belong to anyone else but them. We owe allot to these young men and women serving now. Many sacrifices made on a daily basis go unheard and it's just part of the job. Whether you do or do not support this war, recognize that all our military is a volunteer military and these men and women answer the call on behalf of all of us. Many of your children will never have to go to war because there are those of us who have answered the call so they wouldn't have too. From a Veteran with two son's still serving and one in Afghanistan now. My respect to all who have served and are serving now.
I haven't seen either movie, but I have read both books within the last month. The 2nd book in the series - the girl who played with fire - is also loaded with violence, lacks the back and forth of the two main characters and ends abruptly with the assumption the reader will pick up the third in the series - the girl who kicked over the hornets nest - I won't - I was very disappointed with book #2. I am planning on seeing The girl with dragon tattoo - but not The girl who played with fire. So I guess the movie, for the most part, followed the books flawlessly.
Please do not use the misnomer "hazing ritual." There is not "hazing" in a sorority or fraternity ritual. A "ritual" is a beautiful ceremony handed down from the founders and is a way to welcome new members into the group. It honors them in a dignified fashion with no hazing.
Coolio, Pete. Very nice write-up. -- Anne Marie
The best work Disney/Pixar has done to date. I grew up with these characters and it was so fulfilling to see this film finalize their story in such a powerful way. I laughed my way through the snappy lines, (Spanish Buzz is a real treat) sobbed my way through the loving, heartfelt moments, and came out of the theater feeling like I too, had said "So long, partner" to an old friend.
Liam Neeson didn't need this film on his resume. Liam Neeson is a fabulous actor, a credit to the Star Wars franchise, Rob Roy, even the 1981 cult classic Excalibur. The flick can't be considered a film. The reel is without wit, brainless, and forget about chemistry between the characters. The relationships aren't fresh, TV audiences remember Mr. T, an icon of the era, therefore we embrace the reality - Hollywood Horror Story - High powered executives have failed Hollywood again - This Summer selection sucks - Lacks talent - There are few films with a storyline - Who subscribed to investing in this film? Where is the new talent in Hollywood? I am trying very hard to understand how Quinton Jackson replaced Mr. T. Bradley Cooper must be sleeping with the executives, because Copper was the worst character in Wedding Crashers, rejected by fans in a 1999 episode of Sex in the City, and left audiences without laughs in the failed comedy, The Rocker.
Selling Sex in Hollywood
So Justin, with that level of angst you've got I'm guessing you were a virgin until your thirties. Dude, it's a movie not a documentary on modern metrosexualism. Get over yourself and review the movie on it's merits, not it's lack of connection to reality.
Uh, Justin. You are not The Terminator, Sherlock Holmes, or Jack Sparrow, but that doesn't stop you from enjoying those films. It's called "escape," and we women who enjoy SATC shouldn't be put down because we enjoy the escapism of these films and their characters. So. Please don't tell us the whole story line (I didn't read past the first two paragraphs because I do actually want to see the film), and next time have a woman review this film instead of a guy for a more realistic review of the film. Sheesh!
Whoooooo hooooo! I love Kimballs!
Pierce Brosnan was FLAWLESS as usual as he talked on the show "Issues" about saving the whales. What a gorgeous person!! Here is the video from last night: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/…
Happy April Fool's Day?
This film is not what I expected. I expected to find a left-leaning film critical of Christianity and I found a basically even-handed look into how Americans deal with religion and politics. It is a compassionate look at our strengths and weaknesses.
Jon Krakauer blamed the Bush administration and Army for the cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death. However, the untold story is the cover-up was a thoroughly bi-partisan affair. In particular, the Democratic Congress and the Obama Presidency protected General Stanley McChrystal from punishment for his role in the cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death.
Note: email from Amir Bar-Lev says he was pretty hard on the Democratic Congress in "The Tillman Story".
The documents at http://www.feralfirefighter.blogspot.com describe how General McChrystal has been protectd by Congressman Henry Waxman, Senator James Webb (along with Senators Carl Levin and John McCain), the New York Times Reporter Thom Shanker, the Center for a New American Security's Andrew Exum, and President Obama.
It’s not surprising that after the initial cover-up fell apart, Army officers and the Bush administration lied to protect their careers. Reprehensible, but understandable. But the Democratic Congress, after they took control of both Houses in 2006, could have gone after those responsible. Or at least not promoted them!
Just before the 2006 mid-term elections, Kevin Tillman published his eloquent letter, “After Pat’s Birthday” (truthdig.com). Kevin hoped a Democratic Congress would bring accountability back to our country. But, just as with warrantless wiretapping and torture, those responsible for the cover-up of his brother’s friendly-fire death have never been held accountable for their actions.
Five years ago, Pat Tillman’s family were handed a tarnished Silver Star. It was a travesty of justice that General McChrystal was promoted to the Army’s highest rank, and handed his fourth star.
I can't wait for this! How exciting to see locals with national films.
of course...the typical "i hate everything that is not an indy film" critique...get a life....your review is played
Yes, yes. But do you recommend going to see it with teenagers?
I don't know that I'd call the nation that brought us Tentacle Porn cultured.
This film will probably be the biggest finnancial flop of the year. The budget was $65 million dollars, but on it's opening weekend the film made a devastating $6 million. This is because it isn't the sixties anymore. People are into massive hits, not cult favourites, which makes me sad. :(
Final Fantasy the Spirits Within was a flop, Dragonball Evolution failed even bigger than Final Fantasy and Speed Racr combined. What does this say to American culture?! Hmmmm?! I wonder.
Oh yeah, because they're only interested in American things most of the time and not multi-cultured. Japanese movies often flop most of the time, British movies are still big some of the time but there are those big flops still, but American movies however, they're always big because they're so selfish and careless for other cultures besides their own.
Get a taste in international culture America!!!! And see how good it feels to not be uni-cultured.
If you want to make Moore even richer than he already is then go for it. From what I've read you will walk out of the theater feeling great after a couple hours of sycophantic head bobbing. But Moore won't change the world with this bunch of recycled comedy routines. The jokes have already been done on The Daily Show and every late night talk show. It's old material.
The sad thing is Moore is calling for a socialist revolution in this movie, but he is one of the wealthy elite who invests in some of the biggest corporate monsters in our nation. Somehow I doubt he wants to see that revolution as he wouldn't fare too well in its aftermath. Perhaps he wants to be one of the more equal animals in this new socialist regime he is calling for. Maybe he's angling for a comfy position as Minister of Truth.
If not for Michael Moore, the tide of public opinion in favor of the Iraq war would never have turned into opposiiton of the war (once the facts were clearly laid out for us in Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11"). Moore had the guts to say out loud what nobody else would say. He told the truth.
Moreoever, who other than Michael Moore has done more to further the health care debate in this country? Thank Michael Moore and his "SICKO" for exposing the health insurance industry for the profit glutton it has become. By the way, a heads up email to my inbox from PBS included the following:
"Bill Moyers Show Tonight Reveals Insurance Lobby's Secret Plan to Attack 'Sicko' and Michael Moore
Friday, July 10th, 2009
ALERT: We've just been informed that Bill Moyers, on his show later tonight, will expose for the first time the health insurance industry's secret campaign against Michael Moore and his film, "Sicko." It contains a stunning revelation and admission by a top health insurance executive -- the former head of publicity for CIGNA, one of the top health insurance companies in the country -- that the disinformation and attacks on Michael and the film were extensive and well-planned. Their job was to stop the movie from reaching a wide audience (and, more importantly, from having the widespread political impact the industry feared "Sicko" would have).
Wendell Potter, former Head of Corporate Communications at CIGNA (which provides health insurance to nearly 70 percent of the Fortune 100 companies) admits that, in fact, "Sicko" "hit the nail on the head" and told the real truth about how much better people in other countries have it when it comes to their health care..."
Note that PBS aired this segment twice due to viewer demand.
Therefore, you can cram your review as I'll be going to see Michael Moore's new film "Capitalism" tomorrow night. Where were you when the public needed to be told the truth about the most relevant issues of our time?
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