Movies You've Seen Recently
Posted: March 26th, 2013, 9:50 am
This thread is to discuss any movies you might have seen recently...
Much of what we see in “The Newburgh Sting,” directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, was provided by the F.B.I. The directors make extensive use of government surveillance video shot during the year in which an informant, Shahed Hussain, presented the plot to the four Newburgh men, offered them $250,000 and supplied them with the weapons to carry it out. It’s also highly selective use, of course, leaving out the most inflammatory anti-American and anti-Jewish rhetoric of the lead suspect, James Cromitie. (He later disavowed those statements, saying they were part of his own con to convince Mr. Hussain of his terrorist bona fides.)
In a broader sense, though, the film builds a credible circumstantial case for the entrapment defense. It does so through the standard techniques of true-crime documentary: interviews with sympathetic, cogent relatives and acquaintances of the four men; an evocative depiction of life in a depressed Hudson River Valley town; the canny juxtaposition of just-folks black and Muslim Newburghers with a succession of suited, white law-enforcement officials, politicians and television talkers, often saying things we can see aren’t true.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/21/arts/ ... .html?_r=
A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.
The Secret History of ISIS: a tale of two presidents failure to stop terrorists
.Once Zarqawi and his successor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, were permitted to thrive, their evil influence extended into the election of Barack Obama, who similarly declined to focus on the destruction of ISIS as a priority. That, at least, is the testimony of numerous CIA officials and operatives — most of them now former CIA — interviewed in the documentary. Even allowing for a certain amount of professional ax-grinding, the similarities and patterns of threats perceived, reported, and either ignored or botched lead to a highly engaging, depressing, and sometimes infuriating viewing experience. Placed in the context of the current political season, The Secret History of ISIS is not only useful on its own, but also an instructive warning about the kinds of leaders we need to continue the fight against terrorism
https://www.yahoo.com/tv/secret-history ... 52491.html