Sunday, March 27, 2011

Great film, good film

Last night's comment on "Last Train Home" might have been the end of film comments had my mobility not been temporarily limited, but even basketball could not counter two more films today.

"Winter's Bone" was early on a favorite as the surprise Oscar winner and was nominated for Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, and something else. If the contrived compromise winner last year, "Hurt Locker" not bad not great, had not won 2010 then "Winter's Bone" would have certainly won the most recent. This is politics like everything. This film was a docu-drama that I know is right, from true second hand knowledge to first hand observation. Unlike "Last Train Home" this is part of America, meaning we have nothing to write home about. "Winter's Bone" was a "long wait" on Netflix but it obviously finally did come, and it's true to the bone - worth every minute of watching.

"The Tillman Story" in some sense comes across as one more way to exploit a tragic episode of war. In another sense it shows why it is unlikely that Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld will ever dare to leave our country again. They could end up in The Hague if even their own country documents their manipulation of killing for political purposes. While in Vietnam there were many supposed incidents of junior officers killing senior officers supposedly under the line of fire, that does not seem to be the case here. Anyway, that's at least reassuring, it's only our leaders that have been caught lying - did I say reassuring.


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