THE UGLY TRUTH wasn't a bad film -- despite a lot of crap offered from people who never like romantic comedies. Same with THE BOUNTY HUNTER.
NIM'S ISLAND was a strong film and probably one of the better family films of the '00s (Jodie Foster is very strong in the film).
LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE is a strong film and proof that women can play superheroes and the film make big money at the box office.
ROCKNROLLA is a classic film -- Thandie Newton is also excellent in it.
Even MACHINE GUN PREACHER was a pretty good film.
I wasn't that upset by OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN but wasn't that thrilled by it.
It was like WHITE HOUSE DOWN which I actually liked better.
LONDON HAS FALLEN is the sequel to OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN and it has Aaron Eckhart returning as president and Gerard returning to save him.
The film feels too familiar and no where is that more evident than in Morgan Freeman's performance which is lifeless.
I wish the film was better.
Angela Bassett brings snap, crackle and pop to every scene she's in.
I actually think the film could have worked better with a stripped down cast.
I would've ditched Freeman, Melissa Leo and Robert Forster for sure.
I would've found a way to tell this same story with an emphasis on Gerard, Aaron and Angela.
As it is, there's too much deadwood in the film.
And you can't afford that in any film but especially not in an action film.
The bonuses? Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and whomever staged the explosions.
The minuses? Pretty much every thing else.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Thursday, the US Defense Dept announced/claimed:
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter and ground attack aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 15 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Kirkuk, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Kisik, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Mosul, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Qayyarah, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.
-- Near Ramadi, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL supply caches, 11 ISIL improvised explosive devices, three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL vehicle bomb and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area, an ISIL tactical vehicle, 12 ISIL rocket rails, an ISIL supply cache and six ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Tal Afar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.
The bombings continue and are passed off as working towards peace.
And the Iraqi government, gifted with weapons and aircraft from the US and Russia, carries out its own bombings to ape the 'peace' efforts of bombings.
And the bombs fall on populated areas, never forget that.
So many in the media work overtime to cover that up, to pretend these bombs hit empty areas and that civilians are never killed.
It's a lie.
The Iraqi government killed Sunni civilians in those bombings.
idris sanusi Retweeted #IRAQ شمرية العراق
idris sanusi added,
So much propaganda swirling around such a small piece of land. But Iraq couldn't be made miserable if the truth was acknowledged, could it?
Did someone say Whore of Baghdad?
Yes, Jane Arraf. She Tweets this morning.
Why is Jane Arraf Tweeting about protests?
She spent all her time since the Hawija massacre ignoring real protests.
Oh, that's right, this isn't a real protest.
It's a rally, a propaganda effort on the part of cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr to back the current prime minister Haider al-Abadi.
It's not a protest.
Only a whore like Jane would call it protest.
And remember, her whoring on Iraq goes back to the 90s when she was covering up for Saddam while working for CNN.
Jane's been lying for years.
Maher Chmaytelli (REUTERS) offers a truth bomb, "Iraq's powerful Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wants Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to stay in power but replace his cabinet with professionals with no party affiliation so he can fight corruption, the head of the Sadrist bloc in parliament said."
Did that reality just send Jane Arraf scurrying like the rat she is?
Mohammad Sabah (AL MADA) reports Haider is scheduled to name his Cabinet members in the coming days.
Well, the reality, he'll name some nominees.
Parliament has to approve them.
Equally true, his efforts to kick out members of his Cabinet currently?
Not covered by the Constitution.
Parliament can strip someone of the post. The person can decide on their own to resign.
But the Cabinet does not serve at the pleasure of the prime minister.
That's not written into the Constitution.
As Haider al-Abadi already knows because it's a reality Nouri al-Maliki had to live with -- publicly -- throughout his second term.
So there's Moqtada whoring his followers to call for the Constitution to be trashed.
And no one wants to go there or address that.
ALSUMARIA notes that State of Law has expressed concerns about these demonstrations. State of Law is the political coalition that is headed by former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki. It must rankle Nouri that what he was held in check on, Haider may get away with.
In news of real protests -- the ones you don't hear of because they're real -- AL MADA reports that citizens in Muqdadiyah on Wednesday took the street in large numbers to protest the lack of safety and demand better security.
Jane Arraf never Tweeted on that, of course. Why would she?
Jane Arraf has never been anything but a megaphone for whomever happened to be the leader of Iraq going all the way back to Saddam Hussein.
Let's stay with reality for a moment more.
Western media echoing the US State Dept has made a number of claims this week.
But they may not exactly qualify as true.
ALSUMARIA reports that the Chair of Parliament's Defense and Security Committee has announced that, despite us claims, there has been no chemical weapons officer of the Islamic State that has been captured. These reports, he insists, are attempts to breed fear and terror.
The western world is full of Judith Millers. Damn shame it's so short on truth tellers.