Great cast, nice acting, good flow, poor plot. -1 for Shia. +1 for Redford.
Bits of interesting-ness and good acting in a muddled plot with bits of bad acting. Mark Wahlberg is as ... Noo Yawk as ever. Catherine Zeta Jones ought to retire.
Daniel Day-Lewis was great as Lincoln. The setting was good too as was the atmosphere. However, the script was rather dull and there wasn't much in the way of a plot which centred primarily on the passing of a bill to abolish slavery. I didn't think much of Tommy Lee Jones' character (quite stereotyped) or that of Sally Field as Mary Todd.
The movie's watchable. Once.
Killing Them Softly is a gangster movie with delusions of complexity. While I suppose that it's clever to correlate a gangwar with the economic crisis from 2008, repeatedly hitting the viewer with this message makes the entire effort simply annoying. Good acting, semi-decent plot, bad direction. That said, I can watch just about anything with Brad Pitt in it.
I came across this term in a conversation today and barely held back a guffaw. An islamic democracy is rather self contradictory, an oxymoron etc., no?
The UN blogger, Mark Leon Goldberg, takes the song apart and exposes all of Mustaine's drivel for what it is. An excerpt:
Poverty in their kitchens
Held hostage by oil-for-food
Yet their own plates are full off the fat of their lands
There's no blood on their hands, right Kojo?
They promised to tell the truth
Without leaving a fingerprint, but
They will lose the UN one way or another
The victim, I fear will be us, sisters and brothers.
Assuming the antecedent to the pronoun "they" refers to the UN Secretariat, lead singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine (whose voice we now hear) seems to be implying that UN staffers are enriching themselves while the poor in their country suffer. His evidence is the alleged corruption in the Oil-for-Food program, which allowed Saddam Hussein's government to sell oil in exchange for humanitarian items. The rarely stated truth about the Oil-for-Food program is that it did what is was intended to do -- prevent a humanitarian crisis in Iraq while exerting economic pressure on Saddam Hussein and keeping weapons of mass destruction out of his hands.