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From Russell is Watching

Recent movies:

Taxi to the Dark Side – This documentary is a chilling account of the Bush Administration’s casual use of torture to supposedly extract “key” information in the never-ending War on Terror. Much of the story is told through the unfortunate fate of one Afghan man who drove a taxi. His name was Dilwar. He picked up a couple fares and was in the middle of taking them there when he was “caught up in a sweep,” and taken to a dungeon in the prison operated at Bagram Air Force Base. Poor man. The story of his fate and the Bush Administration’s philosophy to condone such behavior is a chilling tale indeed. It’s the story of a President and his lackeys that did there best to tear up the Constitution with the assistance of a compliant Congress. I highly recommend this film! But it’s not one for eating popcorn as you watch.

W – Another terrifying tale of the life of our soon to be ex-President and waiting to fill the Worst President Ever position from which he will displace either Buchanan or Nixon, depending on where you stand. At any rate, there is a lot of humor to the story, but the sum of it equals a mediocre man (at best) who seized the Presidency through the machinations of the Republican Party. And yet they’re surprised that they lost 2008 election, having left the country in desperate straights on every possible level, whether it be foreign policy, economic policy, education, etc. In a word, everthing they touched turned to shit. See how this spoiled brat from a super powerful family bungled America into a downward spiral. Kudos to Richard Dreyfuss his for portrayal of Vice-President Dick Cheney, arguably one of the most evil men to walk on this planet since, that’s right, Adolf Hilter. Hearing of his indictment today over his dealings with the Texas prison system made sick to my stomach. Throw the motherfucker in jail ASAP. Another YouTube review.

The Strangers – This was a pretty blasé horror movie. It had one creepy scene that kinda made me squirm, but there is a low body count. What else is there to say? Muh, to quote the Simpsons.

Milk – Two double snaps for Sean Pean in the title role as Harvey Milk, the powerful city councilman in San Francisco who was assassinated by some asshole who claimed the famous “twinky defense.” Only in America, and especially only in California, and even more so, only in San Francisco. Milk’s story is one of hope; that of a man who was considered mediocre, and on the fringe of society, who pushed back the barriers that had shackled gays and lesbians to stereotypes and made them less-than everybody else. Milk is a true American hero and I think this movie captures that fact to a tee.


About Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is also an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Natasha, Maxwell, Tigger and Nigel.

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