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I totally agree about the flashbacks. I think they're okay in small doses, but the first episode was overkill... I think if Rose Byrne knew how to act Ellen's call would have made sense by the end. A high-powered lawyer pretending to be all about family...or even, if she really did care about family, I think still this kind of revelation would make anyone run in the other direction...especially because we know that Ellen has always had to take care of her sister and maybe that has held her back in certain ways... Too bad Byrne is too starved to have the energy to make any real facial expressions. All I ever see is her trademark 'I'm serious and haven't eaten anything in days' vacant gaze. How they could have cast her going head to head with a god like Glenn Close remains a mystery.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2010 on 'Damages': Sins of the father at Show Tracker
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Except .. he's not invisible. The american army - its singular presence, its unabashed and ongoing construction of the necessary accoutrements of occupation - is all over afghanistan. The image may serve the nyt's ideological goals, but in no way does it convey any sense of the reality of afghanistan, the people of afghanistan, or the people policing afghanistan.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2009 on Cutting a Figure at BAGnewsNotes
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Sapient: Why are you so afraid of 'those brown people' in Afghanistan & Pakistan? I ask this seriously, because even if lets say one of them does get their hands on a nuke, it is nearly impossible that it could be detonated here in the States. The worst thing that could happen is it would blow up a bunch of soldiers in Afghanistan. Also, perhaps one way to make sure this doesn't happen is to not make Pakistan even more unstable by forcing the gov't to wage war on the taliban, by refusing to aid and abet military personnel, supporting military dictatorships, and sending military aid. *That* would surely help a lot of people turn away from the irrationality of terrorism. And which brown people do you get along with, specifically? Mexicans? Indians? South Americans? Or is it just the terroristy Muslim ones you fear?
Toggle Commented May 23, 2009 on Let's Hope For Lying at Obsidian Wings
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joel hanes: do you have any citations/sources for some of those anthropological studies? They sound quite fascinating.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2009 on Let's Hope For Lying at Obsidian Wings
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TP wrote: "One possibility: he declares HIMSELF to be our enemy, bent on our destruction. He does not confess to having DONE anything yet, mind you -- not even conspired with or "materially supported" people who have. And we cannot PROVE he has committed those crimes, either. He is merely a self-declared "enemy combatant" and proud of it. If such a person can be imagined, would he not be in essence a POW? There's no moral dilemma about holding POWs, is there?" The problem here is what is defined as being our 'enemy.' If someone is a radical leftist against capitalism, pax americana, or the social organization of society in general right now - should he/she be considered an 'enemy'? Maybe thats not what you mean, but certainly (as we have seen) that is how most security apparatuses have been treating almost all forms of serious mass mobilizations that threaten to disrupt 'normalcy' in any meaningful way. I think its impossible to label someone an 'enemy' and treat them like a POW, especially when terrorism is a mode of behaviour (an action) as opposed to a mode of being (there is no large scale war going on right now between america and 'terrorists' - except in the ideological imaginary of the msm...so I don't see how you can apply the same rules as you would to POW's).
Toggle Commented May 22, 2009 on Just Shoot Me Now at Obsidian Wings
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The problem with the film is not so much that it is made by mostly white Brits (who inevitably bring their occidental gaze to bear upon the slums), but rather that it is a representation - and like all representations, should be open for debate, and should at the very least, be acknowledged as representation. Representations are always inauthentic in some shape or form - and I feel this is really lacking in the discourse surrounding Slumdog. To me this film is more like a poverty tourism brochure passing as a best picture nominee rather than an authentic portrayal of the brutality of poverty in the "third world." The top picture really captures that, but like the bag says, even authentic slum dwellers become actors (or take the place of actors) when the camera looks at them. Great post Bag.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2009 on Looking Like A Million at BAGnewsNotes
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Or he might just be walking away from the left and wondering wtf they're giving him that look.
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2009 on Infantilizing Obama at BAGnewsNotes
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