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Re: “Dick Cheney Biopic 'Vice' Falls Flat

I have just seen this brilliant movie, and it reminded me how much I despise Cheney, Bush, Blair and all the other overprivileged armchair generals who sent the sons of the great unwashed off to die for a pack of lies and leave the middle east in flames. Buck Millican sums up my feelings in Alun Wesslers monumental tome Odysseus:

Letter from Sambuca Millican to the South China Morning Post of 8 July 2016, unpublished through lack of interest, so later posted on Facebook to at least reach several score friends and acquaintances:

I am absolutely sick of people in the media being taken in by Tony Blair's crocodile tears and Machiavellian word games, and then encouraging us to take a balanced and moderate view of his role in the Iraq war. If you are not clinically insane or a certified moron, you cannot deny the basic facts below, which are supported by the Chilcot report.

For months, Tony Blair followed George Bush around like a devoted underling (I don't want to use expressions like 'poodle' or 'clingy girlfriend' because I am striving to be objective and factual), averring that he would be with you whatever, presumably no matter how wicked or moronic the Americans' plans were. At the same time, Blair led the British people to believe that he was seeking a multilateral compromise to avoid military action.

Blair and his cronies compiled a heavily biased dossier of unreliable intelligence on the imminent threat posed to the west by Saddam Hussein, and then presented it to parliament as a powerful or near-irresistible casus belli. This can only be a case of either criminal dishonesty or criminal negligence. There is no third explanation.

Then Blair sent the children of the lower orders off to war and into lethal danger, without the appropriate planning or equipment to keep them safe. At the same time, he and George Bush had come up with no proper or even sensible ideas on how they were going to administer a post-invasion Iraq to prevent it from turning into a toxic maelstrom of deadly mayhem. As a result, 179 British service personnel and at least 100,000 Iraqis died in the aftermath.

I am not a lawyer, so I don't know which legal books I should consult to find the definition of a war crime. However, just a cursory one-minute look on the Internet produces this quote from Wikipedia: 'A war of aggression, sometimes also a war of conquest, is a military conflict waged without the justification of self-defense,.....Since the Korean War of the early 1950s, waging such a war of aggression is a crime under the customary international law.' The Chilcot report states that 'Blair deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by the Iraqi regime'. Blair knew the the UK was not under threat, and so he was clearly not acting in self defence.

Maybe there are some legal experts out there reading this comment. Would any of you like to advise me how I could bring a private prosecution against Blair for war crimes, or perhaps join me in taking such action?
Warren Russell, Hong Kong

Posted by Jamesjoyceulysses Transposedtohongkong on 02/01/2019 at 12:36 PM

Re: “'Blindspotting' Is One of the Most Important Movies of the Year

Why is this film not up for a single Oscar. I've never attended a film screening after which audience members gathered around the film poster in lobby and just stood there. Until one women said solemnly, "that was the best movie I have ever seen." And we all agreed.
Americans have cried out for meaningful, well-produced non-white centric films.. This film should be celebrated.

Posted by Slim56 on 01/26/2019 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Timely Remake 'SuperFly' Is Better Than It Needs to Be

I loved that abuela...My boss b hero....her walk outside was everthing.

Posted by Rita D on 01/13/2019 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

Exactly my thoughts! Just because Sundance and the Academy told you this movie was great doesn't mean it actually was. If a tortured, sad look throughout a movie is Oscar-worthy, then Kristen Stewart deserves an Oscar because that is the only emotion she ever seems to portray in anything she's ever been in. This is a movie about 2 irresponsible, selfish people who suffer a tragedy due to being selfish and irresponsible. I mean really, she doesn't want to turn the central heat on because it dries out her sinuses? Nope, just let the kids freeze. And he won't turn back because he has to go buy beer? Sorry, it's really sad and all, but totally avoidable. The rest of the movie depicts the main character's grief and guilt, but does he do anything to grow and change? No, he is just as self absorbed as he was before the tragedy. Just because he stops partying does not mean he grew from the experience. Instead he drinks and beats people up for no reason other than to briefly relieve some of his pain and guilt.

I do agree that you should put SPOILER ALERT at the top of your review, although I did guess that the kids all died after the scene where Michelle Williams is sick in bed and Affleck shows passing affection to his daughters and slightly more affection to his son. The tone of the movie and Affleck's tortured behavior, along with his mention of an ex-wife can only lead the movie in that direction.

Posted by Lisa888 on 01/07/2019 at 7:55 AM

Re: “‘On the Basis of Sex’ Shows the Personal Side of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Is this article saying Armie Hammer isn't of Jewish heritage? He is.

Actors with two Jewish parents: Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Logan Lerman, Paul Rudd, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bar Refaeli, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adam Brody, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Erin Heatherton, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Esti Ginzburg, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Margarita Levieva, James Wolk, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Michael Vartan, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Julian Morris, Debra Winger, Eric Balfour, Dan Hedaya, Emory Cohen, Corey Haim, Scott Mechlowicz, Harvey Keitel, Odeya Rush, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is Jewish, too (though I dont know if both of his parents are).

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Timothe Chalamet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Ryan Potter, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black DElia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Brandon Flynn, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, and Harrison Ford (whose maternal grandparents were both Jewish, despite those Hanukkah Song lyrics).

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jewish and/or identify as Jewish: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zac Efron, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Andrew Garfield, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

Oh, and Ansel Elgorts father is Jewish, though I dont know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr., Sean Penn, and Ed Skrein were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer, Chris Pine, Emily Ratajkowski, Mark-Paul Gosselaar are part Jewish.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Posted by Wendy Moss on 12/27/2018 at 3:27 AM

Re: “‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Is an Eerie, Slapstick Tune Indeed

Not sure why this review doesn't make an attempt to characterize an element of the movie. After watching the first two of this six part anthology the count of the gruesome dispatch of bodies was so high that I stopped watching.

Posted by PJK on 11/23/2018 at 12:24 PM

Re: “‘The Great Buster: A Celebration’ Is a Scintillating Profile of Buster Keaton

wait. what? What could have been worse? The doc or his career?

Posted by Amy L. Keyishian on 11/08/2018 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Appeal in 'A Star is Born'

Worst review I have ever read!

Posted by John Doeh on 10/03/2018 at 4:58 PM

Re: “‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Is Most Urgent of Michael Moore’s Films

Uh, she has not yet been elected.
"newly elected U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez"

Posted by JP Massar on 09/22/2018 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Unfunny, Misogynist Anti-Superhero Returns in 'Deadpool 2'

What the hell are you saying about this movie being 'alt-right' and shit? I'm liberal as fuck and I enjoy the Deadpool movies. There is nothing alt-right about them. My boyfriend is Mexican and makes jokes about his, my, and every other race all the time. I'm a feminist and he doesn't come off as misogynistic to me. Liberals can make jokes about rape and race and shit too.

Posted by Aaris Howton on 09/21/2018 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Jane Austen-in-Singapore 'Crazy Rich Asians' Fizzles

But the novel wasn't a "Jane Austen-style comedy of manners," so why should the film be one? The trilogy by Kevin Kwan has no character development and no lofty "ideas." The novels are pure entertainment -- as is the film.

Why expect something else from a film when you're not familiar with the original books -- except to say that they "seem to have the word 'rich' in their titles"? You've written a film review with absolutely no context and no clue.

Posted by travel2165 on 08/28/2018 at 12:47 PM

Re: “How to Watch the New 'Papillon'

I was shocked at the laziness of your "Papillon" review. You said it doesn't compare to the original. But since the original was in 1973, are you relying on your 45 year-old *memory* for it? When was the last time you saw the original? Maybe you should look at it again and see how dated and melodramatic it really is. It's fine if you don't like the 2018 version, but to just toss it off and say "it's not as good as the 1973 original" means that you did not do your homework for your review. But I guess anyone can call themselves a "movie critic" these days...

Posted by Daniel Day on 08/25/2018 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Jane Austen-in-Singapore 'Crazy Rich Asians' Fizzles

I thought it was overall the cheesy/corny love story, but maybe thats what they were going for!! Its OK too!.. So Im Asian-American, & while you think we deserve a better film, I would disagree because there is so much more than recognition among the general audience. At the end of the day, a best selling author got to see his work up on the big screen, we got to laugh a little at familiar little anecdotes from my childhood: scene where they play MahJong, big families with unique individual personalities, moms being super gossipy, peers wanting to 1-up each other, etc.. & yes I enjoyed celebrating the fact that it was an entire Asian cast up on the big screen!

TL;DR, The big take away is that Id like to focus on celebrating the big/small wins for Author Kevin Kwan & the entire crew, rather than thinking We deserve a better film.

Posted by Not-So-Rich Asian on 08/22/2018 at 3:42 AM

Re: “'The Most Unknown' Is the Most Intelligent Documentary of 2018

Use your phone dude.

Posted by Freddie Chavira on 08/19/2018 at 8:54 PM

Re: “'The Most Unknown' Is the Most Intelligent Documentary of 2018

What is the name of the second song at the end of the documentary when the credits are running? Its a sick instrumental beat song. I know the first song is by animal collective. I want to know the name of the second song that plays. Please help!

Posted by Ryan Flores on 08/19/2018 at 8:43 AM

Re: “'The Most Unknown' Is the Most Intelligent Documentary of 2018

What is the name of the second song at the end of the documentary when the credits are running? Its a sick instrumental beat song. I know the first song is by animal collective. I want to know the name of the second song that plays. Please help!

Posted by Ryan Flores on 08/19/2018 at 1:27 AM
Posted by Ryan Flores on 08/19/2018 at 1:26 AM

Re: “Jane Austen-in-Singapore 'Crazy Rich Asians' Fizzles

This is an OK movie, but doesn't justify the hype that preceded it. But, I am an all-Chinese male, and I find it insulting that director Jon Chu (yes, Chinese) couldn't cast an all-Chinese male for a character who is supposed to be all-Chinese. Henry Golding is a good-looking guy, has a beautiful voice and does a good job of acting, but he doesn't look Asian. Some have said that, to Caucasians, he looks Asian, but to an Asian, he looks Caucasian. After all the publicity about doing a world-wide search to cast this movie, the selection of Golding is disappointing. The world has 1.4 billion Chinese; about half of them are male, and they can't find ONE of them to fill this role??? It's an insult.

Posted by cal7380 on 08/16/2018 at 6:29 PM

Re: “German War Flick 'The Captain' Asks Tough Questions

Mr. Montague, you are well within your rights to choose to miss one of the best films of the year, but your smug derision is out of order. Which other German film/s tell the same story or examine the same theme as The Captain? Please be specific.

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 08/16/2018 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Jane Austen-in-Singapore 'Crazy Rich Asians' Fizzles

I think it is a cross cultural movie, even though the lovers look similar. She's Chinese-American, and while Nick's background is complicated, I don't think he'd identify as simply a Singaporean American businessnan. For one, his character didn't grow up in the U.S.

Posted by Mai Nguyen on 08/15/2018 at 10:48 PM

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