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Saw A Good Film Yesterday...Syriana  
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1202 times:

A politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it. Stars George Clooney.

It's basically about oil in Iran and how the US were corrupt in trying to gain oil from there. There are four stories all interlinked at the end, one of which includes the story of a young suicide bomber. I highly recommend it.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26505 posts, RR: 75
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1196 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
It's basically about oil in Iran and how the US were corrupt in trying to gain oil from there. There are four stories all interlinked at the end, one of which includes the story of a young suicide bomber.

Actually, a large part of the storyline is a crossing of what happened to Mossadeq and the current situation of succession in Saudi Arabia. Anyone who sees Syriana should see it at least twice, the complexities are far too great to just see it once.



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1190 times:

You're saying the americans are greedy for oil? Well I never!

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3996 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1190 times:

I saw a good film yesterday aswell, "High Crimes"  Smile

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1185 times:

I saw "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" last night, but it just doesn't get very political...

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineMsllsmith From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 396 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1176 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
Anyone who sees Syriana should see it at least twice, the complexities are far too great to just see it once.

Yes, I agree. I enjoyed it very much, but had gotten a heads up from a review about the necessitity of paying close attention the four intertwined stories.

I did go back a second time. But I do that frequently with movies that get my attention....



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1175 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 4):

Thom@s,
"I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries. "

 Wink


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1173 times:

Lousy french inhabitants of the castle Argh...

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1168 times:




"If it aint boeing, it aint going!", "Friends are like condoms...they protect you when things get hard!"
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1164 times:

Quoting Boeingfanyyz (Reply 8):

I really hope ALL Canadians don't look like that! Big grin


User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1164 times:




"If it aint boeing, it aint going!", "Friends are like condoms...they protect you when things get hard!"
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1156 times:

And to think this could have turned into a serious debatte about the US sucking the world dry of oil... Big grin

Good thing we've prevented that eh...

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1156 times:

Talk about hijacking!!! This was a serious thread about a serious movie which now has a pic of Yoda in it. I give up!  cry 

User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8964 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1156 times:

I still have to watch it. The only thing that puts me off is Clooney. . . can't stand him.

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 4):
I saw "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" last night, but it just doesn't get very political...

Except for the part in which the revolting peasant is questioning King Arthur's claim to power in ideological grounds and gets him pissed off...  Wink I love that part Big grin

Quote:
ARTHUR: Well ... I AM king.

DENNIS [peasant]: Oh, very nice. King, eh! I expect you've got a palace and fine clothes and courtiers and plenty of food. And how d'you get that? By exploiting the workers! By hanging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the social and economic differences in our society! If there's EVER going to be any progress ...

more here:

http://www.spunk.org/texts/humour/sp000621.txt

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1147 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 12):
Talk about hijacking!!! This was a serious thread about a serious movie which now has a pic of Yoda in it.

Still it's more fun to talk about Python than US politics, isn't it?  Wink

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1141 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):

Actually, I also want to see this movie, sincit has been getting very good reviews in various newspapers here in the UK.


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

What I would like to know is this....

Am I wrong? I actually felt sorry for that suicide bomber. I think he was a victim of circumstance and he was the one character I actually felt most empathy with. He was a nice kid but just got sucked in. Is it wrong to feel like that?


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26505 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1124 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 16):
Am I wrong? I actually felt sorry for that suicide bomber. I think he was a victim of circumstance and he was the one character I actually felt most empathy with. He was a nice kid but just got sucked in. Is it wrong to feel like that?

No, you are not wrong. Your analysis is spot on. He was made to think that there was nothing else in life and the only way to break free of the bounds of extreme poverty and subjugation was doing what he did. The guy who brainwashed him (same one who shoved a gun in Bob's face in Tehran) is the one to despise



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User currently offlineHAJFlyer From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 1473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

I watched it yesterday; despite the good reviews the cinema here in Zurich was almost empty.

Having read the book "See no evil" ex-CIA operative Bob Bear on which the film is based, I was positively surprised that the film managed to portray the complexities of the situation in the middle east and did not resort to the usual Hollywood oversimplification.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

Hmm, Syriana just snatched one more academy award than Python ever got...

Just saying..  Smile

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7152 posts, RR: 57
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1059 times:

I saw Syriana on friday evening. Excellent, and very well written. Noticed the bit about political interference with aircraft orders in the middle-east also.


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