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Archive for "Aug 31 2007"

DePalma Goes Back to his “Soldiers are Monsters” Motif for New Flick

“Redacted” stuns Venice

A new film about the real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also murdered her family stunned the Venice festival, with shocking images that left some viewers in tears.

“Redacted”, by U.S. director Brian De Palma, is one of at least eight American films on the war in Iraq due for release in the next few months and the first of two movies on the conflict screening in Venice’s main competition.

Inspired by one of the most serious crimes committed by American soldiers in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, it is a harrowing indictment of the conflict and spares the audience no brutality to get its message across.

De Palma, 66, whose “Casualties of War” in 1989 told a similar tale of abuse by American soldiers in Vietnam, makes no secret of the goal he is hoping to achieve with the film’s images, all based on real material he found on the Internet.

Wait, what?

Halfway between documentary and fiction, “Redacted” draws on soldiers’ home-made war videos, blogs and journals and footage posted on YouTube, reflecting changes in the way the media cover the war.

Oh, so a lot of the research for the flick just might be… bullshit?

I hope his Intarweb sources didn’t include mooks like this yahoo.

The Post in Which I Prostrate Myself Before the Sage’s HOF Plaque and Beg for Forgiveness

I’m sorry, Yogi-san. I should never have doubted the wisdom of your words.

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Yankee wins give pennant race new look

If this week’s kid, Ian Kennedy, strikes my fancy tomorrow in his MLB debut, my season-long betting discipline is going directly out the window.

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Revving Up the ‘Whaaa!’mbulance

You poor widdle Congwess cwitters:

Democratic Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher of California had said: “Our forces are caught in the middle of an escalating sectarian conflict in Iraq, with no end in sight.”

She dared to protest. She whined to the Washington Post: “This is beyond parsing. This is being slimed in the Green Zone.”

Truth hurts. Is she saying she lied when she said: “Our forces are caught in the middle of an escalating sectarian conflict in Iraq, with no end in sight”? Is she saying she is ashamed that she said: “Our forces are caught in the middle of an escalating sectarian conflict in Iraq, with no end in sight”? Is she saying she was misquoted when she said: “Our forces are caught in the middle of an escalating sectarian conflict in Iraq, with no end in sight”?

Slimed, eh?

Then there is Democratic Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, who had said: “This has been the worst foreign policy fiasco in American history.”

He, too, protested having his words come back to haunbt him, complaining: “Spin City. The Iraqis and the Americans were all singing from the same song sheet, and it was deliberately manipulated.”

No, what is being spun is this “slimed” crapola.

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