Review (DVD): The Messenger (2010)

5 Star, Communications, Culture, DVD - Light, Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Philosophy, Reviews (DVD Only), War & Face of Battle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of Serious Viewers, May 4, 2010

Woody Harrelson,  Ben Foster

I take with great seriousness some of the critical reviews, but on balance have to come down in favor of five stars and an enthusiastic recommendation of this movie and its actors. While I know little of current military casualty notification procedures, over-all this movie resonates with my own past as a Marine Corps infantry officer (40 years ago) and I found several things compelling:

1) America does not see enough of the down side of war. From 935 documented lies by the Bush-Cheney Administration to stark ignorance and corruption as the Obama-Biden Administration sells out to the military-intelligence-industrial pork complex, to the absolute and utterly immoral concealment from the public of the actual number of amputees including many many multiple amputees and the rising number of suicides, I find the disconnect between the public and reality to be catastrophic.

2) For me, these two characters are portrayed superbly, in detail. In my own life as a former spy we were obscenely proud of having the highest rates of alcoholism, adultery, divorce, and suicide in the US Government, and I have 19 professional suicides and 1 personal suicide in my life to date. The depth of the pain felt by those who survive was well-portrayed here.

3) The humanity of the protagonist and of the surviving widow, and the nuances of how that developed, were fully developed and expertly acted. This movie held my attention in detail for the duration.

See also:
We Were Soldiers (Widescreen Edition)
Gardens of Stone
Hamburger Hill
Apocalypse Now
Lord of War (Widescreen)

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Review DVD: The Hannibal Lecter Collection (Manhunter / The Silence of the Lambs / Hannibal)

5 Star, Culture, DVD - Light, Reviews (DVD Only)

HannibalManhunter is the Red Dragon, all three brilliant, February 1, 2008

Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Julianne Moore

Manhunter actually corresponds to the book featuring the Red Dragon.

This is one of the most interesting mind-thrillers I have ever enjoyed. The books, links below, are also recommended for those whose imaginations can create a richer tapestry than any DVD might offer.

Red Dragon

Silence of the Lambs

Hannibal

The new DVD, Hannibal Rising, is also superb and credible and I review it separately. Here is the link to the book and the DVD.

Book:

Hannibal Rising

DVD:

Hannibal Rising (Full Screen Edition)

Anthony Hopkins is the gold standard, but I must give full credit to the actors in Manhunter and Hannibal Rising, they are superb. While I missed Jody Foster, whose Silence of the Lambs performance was extraordinary, Julianne Moore is amazing, and fully her equal.

This set, both books and DVDs, is for the intellectual connosieur.

Reform Archives for Public Intelligence (1992-2006)

Reform

2006

US

ReformSteeleOpen Source Intelligence Familiarization Documents (One Page of Links)

2004

US

ReformAtleeA Model of Intelligence Systems (Individual to Social)

2004

US

ReformAtleeBeyond Intelligence Reform Toward Co-Intelligence

2004

Austria

ReformBeerNeed for a Theory of Intelligence

2004

US

ReformHarrisBeautiful Minds: Maverick Minds Needed to Achieve Reform

2004

US

ReformMarrinImproving Training for New Analysts

2004

NL

ReformWiebesIntelligence and the War in Bosnia

2003

CA

ReformFyffeOSS ’03 Presentation on Information Sharing

2002

Israel

ReformCrevald vanTwenty Four Theses on Intelligence

2002

US

ReformHerzHarnessing the Hive via Online Games for Networked Innovation

2002

US

ReformPinkhamCitizen Advocacy in the Information Age

2001

US

ReformFosterGetting to Tomorrow: A Plea for Strategic Reformation

2001

US

ReformGessamanSummary of Comments on National Security Budget with Slides

2001

US

ReformTrevertonReshaping National Intelligence for an Age of Information