Friday movie post. I saw a great movie this week, "The Next Three Days." Paul Haggis wrote the screenplay and directs the film.
Elizabeth Banks you may know from "30 Rock." She married Alec Baldwin's character this last season and they had a baby and then she was reporting in North Korea and Kim Jong Ill married her off to his son.
Well this seems to be a pattern for Banks.
In the film, she's married to Russell Crowe and they have a small son. They go out to eat at the start of the film with another couple and Banks is upset about work and calling her boss "a cow" and fearing that she may not have a job.
The dinner doesn't go well and they head home. They're laughing the next morning and Banks is getting ready for work (he's a college professor and doesn't go in as early). She goes to get her jacket and at first I thought it was his jacket and she'd found lipstick on it. But it's her jacket and it's blood.
She carries it to the bathroom and seems confused by it.
Then the police begin banging on the door and burst in.
What happens next?
She's in prison and (giving away as little as possible), he doesn't think she'll get out so he makes plans to break her out.
Elizabeth Banks is good in the film but Russell Crowe's really great in it. This may be his best role. And you'll be surprised throughout the movie.
Since I don't want to spoil the whole movie for you, I'll note stars: If I were giving this stars and five was the best and one was the worst, this would be a five star film.
Make a point to see this film.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Each Monday morning (except during pledge drives), the latest Law and Disorder Radio airs on WBAI and around the country on various radio stations throughout the week. Attorneys Heidi Boghosian, Michael S. Smith and Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights are the co-hosts of the program. On this week's program, Michael Ratner spoke with former FBI agent and now an attorney Mike German about the war on dissent in this country. Michael Ratner has teamed with Margaret Ratner Kunstler for the new book Hell No, Your Right To Dissent. And until it's August 9th release by the New Press, you can read the column that Michael Ratner and Margaret Ratner Kunstler have written (The Progressive) about the current war on protest and dissent in the US. Excerpt:
President Obama campaigned on protecting our civil liberties, so you might have expected his attorney general, Eric Holder, to provide people with greater protections from FBI snoops. But he has not. And it is about to get even worse.
The new Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide will empower the FBI to dispatch surveillance teams, to follow targets, to dig through trash, to search commercial databases and to expand the use of informants to infiltrate a wide range of organizations.
If you are part of a group that disagrees with government policy in Iraq or Afghanistan, or that dislikes nuclear energy, the next time you throw out your trash, an FBI agent may be examining it a few hours later -- from what you eat to what you buy to what you read and think.
The next time you attend a meeting to fight for better schools, protest drug testing on animals or criticize almost any aspect of government policy, the person next to you may be an informant, recording everything you say. Or perhaps the informant will participate in the meeting, steering the organization's activities in ways the government wishes.
It is now almost ten years after 9/11, the event that frightened many into giving the FBI broad spying authority -- authority that now threatens the very essence of democracy. Piece by piece, the constitutional protections for dissent are disappearing.