For 20 minutes, that's an amazing movie.
Sadly, the film still had 149 minutes to go -- that's over two hours.
And it floundered like crazy, it was like a fish left on the pier, just flopping around.
HOSTILES isn't that bad.
Mainly due to cinematography and strong editing, it holds your attention like the first 20 minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. It never leaves you yawning like the rest of that film.
But it could have used a coherent script.
It also could have used better casting. Rory Cochrane is really good and he's easily distinguishable but he's one of the few in the supporting cast who is. And when the script is so bad, you really need actors who stand out to know who's who.
Christian Bale is great and he's the real selling point for the film.
If it were released later in the year, HOSTILES could result in an Academy Award for Christian but, as it is, he'll probably be forgotten by the end of the year unless this is a major box office hit.
Should you see it?
It's going to hold your attention because of the visuals and the pacing -- and Bale's lead performance.
But don't try to figure out the script until after the film when you and your friends can argue over which supporting character was which.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Again, I agree with him. But it's not something I think about a great deal because MSNBC's a joke to me. But reading the Tweet, it's not just that Donahue was run off from MSNBC (ahead of the start of the Iraq War), it's that in all the time since, they've only once given a show to someone who publicly questioned the war before it started: Alec Baldwin.
Danny Glover, Janeane Garofalo, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Laura Flanders, Mike Malloy, Randi Rhodes, Gillian Anderson, Jessica Lange, Samuel L. Jackson, Rosario Dawson, Harry Belafonte, Steve Earle, Diahann Carroll, Cynthia McKinney, Tom Morello, Margaret Kimberley, Glen Ford, Bruce A. Dixon, Dennis Kucinich, . . .
Has a single prominent politician or pundit ever apologized for advocating for an Iraq War that was waged on false WMD pretenses and that killed hundreds of thousands of people? Or did most of them just smile at the camera and get re-hired for their jobs?
I think it's just John Edwards who penned a column for THE WASHINGTON POST when he was preparing for his run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
Hillary Clinton certainly didn't talk about false pretenses or the death of people. She said it was a mistake, her vote was a mistake. And then it evolved into, it was a mistake to trust Bully Boy Bush to do the war right.
But that's craven Hillary for you.
In terms of pundits, MOTHER JONES has certainly found employment for a lot of Iraq War supporters including Kevin Drum but then the promotion of Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery meant the death of that magazine.
I have not changed my opinion of #GeorgeWBush. He killed one million people in Iraq. I can’t forget about that.
Those are sentiments that would never be expressed by MOTHER JONES today. They're so watered down they need adult diapers.
This week BLACK AGENDA RADIO shared a speech by Margaret Kimberley discussing the permanent war and the lack of resistance to war from the so-called 'Resistance.'
Let's dive into Iraq.
Yesterday afternoon REUTERS published an embarrassing article. It opens:
Iraqi authorities on Thursday took into custody a former trade minister convicted in absentia for corruption cases, following his extradition from Lebanon, Iraq’s corruption watchdog said in a statement.
Yes, that is the story we covered yesterday morning -- before REUTERS.
We didn't have to wait for 'authorities' to issue 'a statement.'
Don't know when that became necessary to report on something.
They also fail to note that this ex-Minister of Trade September apprehension is unusual in that he's only released to Iraq in time for Hayder al-Abadi to use it as election propaganda.
They re-wrote a government release.
Somehow that passed for reporting.
They didn't even get his history correct.
At least they can say they covered it. That's more than any other western outlet has done.
Mina Aldroubi (THE NATIONAL) does a better job covering the story.
In terms of analyzing the planned elections in May (they're supposed to take place in May), NIQASH remains one of the few outlets offering analysis. Mustafa Habib notes today:
News out of Iraq today includes by the Turkish government pounding war drums.
Turkish president vows to expand Ankara's operation in Syrian Kurdish enclave eastward, toward the frontier with Iraq.
Turkey's Erdogan vows to fight Kurdish forces as far as Iraq
Turkish operations on Syrian border to extend as far as Iraq, Erdogan says reut.rs/2DCiSxG
As BBC NEWS notes:
More danger for US troops who shouldn't even be in Iraq today. Will the government ever end the Iraq War?
That question wasn't raised at yesterday's State Dept policy briefing spokesperson Heather Nauert handled but Turkey's actions did come up.
The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley and PACIFICA EVENING NEWS -- updated: