What happened? Ann told me she had huge problems with Blogger when she was doing her post the same night. And she wrote about it at her site. But it's not there. I called her back and said, "Ann, you talk about Thursday's Fresh Air and that was it." She said, "What?" She did Friday's as well and wasn't able to do links on words so she just pasted the links below each paragraph.
She said the first time she tried to do a link, it wouldn't let her. So she switched from "Compose" to "Edit HTML" and, when she switched, it wiped out everything and she had to start over. At that point, she figured the problem was that the draft wasn't autosaving. So she started saving randomly. But she thought she remembered to save up until she posted and yet she lost her comments on Friday's Fresh Air as well as on the rape deniers.
So I don't know what to tell you.
I thought, when I hit "Publish Post," that I was publishing the review of "Salt."
I'll do a brief one tonight (and thanks to Iwana for e-mailing me).
"Salt" came out on DVD last week (the 23rd) and stars Angelina Jolie.
It's an action film and for the first eight or so minutes, I didn't understand why people were talking it up this summer. To me it was kind of slow. Angelina was in North Korea, a prisoner, maintaining she was innocent, and being tortured and then she got walked over to another country (probably South Korea) with her CIA handler. Then she was with her husband for a quick scene (flashbacks throughout the movie but this wasn't a flashback), then at work (CIA) surfing on the net, then she and her boss are leaving when they're told a Russian agent has just walked in and wants to give evidence.
I'm sitting through that part wondering when the action's going to come in. He yammers away for a bit (Russian agent) and says that a sleeper agent will kill the Russian president and blah, blah, blah and Angelina says she has to go, she's off the clock when he says "Salt" and she turns and says something like, "Yeah?" "Evelyn Salt."
Angelina, "That's my name." Then, he says, you are the sleeper agent.
At this point, the movie picks up and it never lets up.
I really enjoyed it. Enjoy is too mild. "Salt" is a great film.
I had one criticism of the script that was negative.
SPOILER __ STOP HERE IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE.
Near the end, Angelina is trying to get into a sealed room and needs to be in there to save the world. The White House has been attacked. No one has heard (reporters) from the president. A bomb has gone off. And yet less than fifteen minutes after that -- when it should be all over the news -- the bad guy who is about to let Angelina in looks over at the TV and finds a reporter saying that the Russian president was not really assassinated the day before and is alive.
Now come on. Really?
They'd be doing a report on that after bombs go off at the White House and no one can speak to the president and no one knows what the hell's going on?
Did the screenwriter not live through 9-11 when they stayed on that story all day? They'd do the same thing if there was an attack on the White House. They wouldn't be interrupting before a half-hour had passed to say, "Hey, Russian president, he's alive!"
So that was my only problem with it.
Angelina was great in it and she's one of my favorite actresses.
Again, I'm sorry that my post didn't end up posting.
I'll try to check this one to see if it does any different.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"