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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Sandmonkey recommends

low2 Watch this movie. You will not regret it!


At 1/22/2006 07:04:00 PM, Anonymous Jokerman said...

Speaking of movies, sandy, did you see Syriana?

At 1/22/2006 08:10:00 PM, Blogger Roba said...

Oh, yeah! That's such a wonderful movie.. I got to watch it a few weeks back and I was taken by it. I love the first 5 minutes when the bullet is moving around and lah lah lah. Awesome directing...

At 1/23/2006 12:32:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

roba, I agree, the bullet sequence is awesome.

I also loved the Bin Laden shout out!

At 1/23/2006 03:02:00 AM, Blogger moryarti said...

Would love to add my $0.02 worth, but our glorious telco banned flickr ..@#$%^!

At 1/23/2006 11:38:00 AM, Anonymous Mohamed said...

Sandmonkey, your taste in movies suck, that's a really crapy movie, what kind of a movie that keeps you thinking for the first half that it's a comedy, then half way turns tragic then before the end credits it turns so serious and preachy about weapons and wars, then they write down that it's based on true events.
Jokerman, Syriana kicks ass, this movie is at least 50 years ahead of it's time, they literally wrap the history and the politics of the middle east for the last half century in a nutshell, the only problem is that the plot is so complicated and everything's so intertwined that you either have to superfocus and memorize each name, or watch it for a second time, which is by the way, much more enjoyable than the first time you watch it.
Somehow, I doubt that someone like you or SM would appreciate it, since you'll notice that it's almost ripped from a page of any of Chomsky's books, to the extent that some of the statements by the movie's characters are exact quotes from his books. I didn't find any relation though between the book which the movie's based upon "See no evil" and the movie itself.

At 1/23/2006 11:53:00 AM, Anonymous Jokerman said...

I saw the film & I did like it alot in terms of directing, plot progression & photography aswell, but no, it isnt 50 years ahead of its time but its still intelligent to make one think.
If you want any films that were ahead of their time, just a take a look at 3 days of the condor that was made back in 1974.
I dont read NOam Chomsky & not interested in his writings.
& last thing, it is only a film, to entertain not to document facts, its made to make people think from another perspective to the situation in the ME & how its weaved by an array of intertwining interests & mingling corruption & greed.
As for Lord of war, i havent seen it yet though i dont like nicolas cage but i might be propelled to see it.
If you did read the book SEE NO EVIL, why dont you talk about it, whats its premises & major points.

At 1/23/2006 01:03:00 PM, Anonymous Mohamed said...

Actually Syriana reminded me a little bit of three days of the Condor, not storywise, but because of the similar subtle and hidden themes that they didn't care to elaborate on, leaving it to the level of knowledge of the viewer.
As for Robert Baer's book, the only similarity between the book and movie, is that both George Clooney's character and Robert Baer are CIA agents, after this they take absolute different directions, they're both being investigated for trying to kill a head of state yes, but the movie, Clooney was trying to kill an idealist non corruptible reformer, in the book, Robert Baer was investigated for trying to kill Saddam Hussein, in the movie, you come out with a very favorable impression of Arabs, in the book it's just the opposite, in the movie there's a lot of oil politics, in the book there's almost none, in the movie the arab israeli issue isn't mentioned, in the book it's quiet significant with Arafat the archvillain.

At 1/23/2006 07:49:00 PM, Anonymous Jokerman said...

3 Days of the condor was much more discreet & hardly revealed anything yet in doing so it was far more dangerous as the odds kept getting higher on what the stakes were.
Syriana showed arabs in a more realistic way but not so favourable as you say.
It showed how the Arabs court businessmen & oil companies by throwing parties in yachts & inviting families to spanish mansions to enjoy their hospitality, it showed how a young royal hungry for power brokered a deal with the americans to succeed the throne instead of his older brother who wanted to do something really good, it showed how the brother, the emir, in the end was betrayed by a family member...so how in your opinion does it show them in a favourable way?
If they had started with the arab israeli topic in midst of these events the film would have lost its threads & ended up in tatters, besides arafat was a cancer to palestinians cause & unfortunately his legacy still endures in their lives leaving behind trails of failures & misery.

At 1/24/2006 01:08:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Thanks Mo.

At 1/25/2006 02:17:00 AM, Anonymous Asfour said...

what kind of a movie that keeps you thinking for the first half that it's a comedy, then half way turns tragic then before the end credits it turns so serious and preachy about weapons and wars, then they write down that it's based on true events.

Definitely a GREAT movie !

At 1/29/2006 07:05:00 PM, Blogger Ron Larson said...

What is up with that movie poster? It sucks.

The original art work version where Cage is composite of hundreds of bullets is frightenly beautiful! Have you seen it?


The poster you choose is lame. It look like it was designed by a committe of brain-dead lobsters.

I really like the original poster. The artist who designed it is a genius. Please take a look at it and see it your agree.


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