Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Mini Movie Review (sort of)

The girlfriend and I went to the movies today.

My intention was to see "There Will Be Blood". I have heard nothing but good things about it and about Daniel Day-Lewis' performance. It is a likely Oscar sweeper.

But to my amazement and consternation, it isn't playing ANYWHERE in the Kansas City area!!!

So we talked about the alternatives and decided on "Charlie Wilson's War".

It was a very entertaining movie. We enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend it.

The only problem I have with it is the glorification of a renegade congressman taking it upon himself to appropriate five hundred million dollars a year of tax payer money funneled through Pakistan to buy Soviet made weapons from an Isreali arms dealer to fund Afghanistan rebels without any sort of real, elected, constitutional, congressional oversight.

The end result of which was a disgruntled and pissed off core group of the mujahaddin which became al-Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden and resulted in 9-11. Which in turn resulted in our current involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Perhaps, if proper channels were followed, there may have been some professional critical thought, experience and analysis brought to bear on the situation.

It is possible that someone may have forseen that arming and training the muhajaddin for our short term goals without any sort of well thought out, long term strategy in place might just be ill-advised.

We have checks and balances for a reason.

Charlie Wilson created Osama Bin Laden who created George W. Bush.

But other than that, it was a good movie.


Jay said...

Almost saw it after Christmas, something came up, didn't see it. Happy New Year man!

SmedRock said...

You are expecting something from the federal government that cannot happen. Coordinated thought.

Nightmare said...

the part I love about you X is I don't even know if "muhajaddin" is spelled right let alone who or what they are....

May said...

I hear the whole point of the movie is showing how the US fucks up foreign affairs... but I haven't seen it.

thepaintman said...

I'll see them both one day soon.

Joshua Xalpharis said...

Sure makes me want to vote REPUBLICAN.

Reel Fanatic said...

I love this one ... That scene where Philip Seymour Hoffman arrives at the Congressman's office just as he's the target of a federal drug probe is just comic genius .,.. and "There Will Be Blood" will be worth the wait

Bea said...

I really want to see Charlie Wilson's War. Not being American myself, I tend to have a (sometimes) too critical view of the way this country is managed by its leaders.