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Great Heroines of the 21st Century

August 6, 2013 | Uncategorized

I watched the film The Situation recently. It’s from 2006 and is about the American presence in Iraq after the War in 2003. The Situation tells the story of an American reporter in Iraq. She is trying to get information about a teenage Iraqi who drowned after being thrown into a river by American soldiers. The film sometimes follows her but it also follows several other characters which became confusing very quickly. This, along with the abundance of plots leaves very little time for character development. We don’t know who this reporter is, who she’s working for or if she’s freelance, what her relationship is to the other characters, www.directtelevisionpackages.com/, or even how she ended up working in Iraq. We know so little about her that we really aren’t all that sympathetic to her. In fact, there really is no particular sympathetic character here, except maybe the Iraqis in general. This movie is as much of a mess as the whole American involvement in Iraq was. I think I spent the whole time waiting for something interesting to happen but it never really did. Final thoughts – the concept of The Situation was good and the special effects and production were well done, but it was confusing and devoid of any fleshed out characters or the normal flow an audience expects from a film.

Damien Lewis and Connie Nielsen Go to War

May 30, 2013 | Uncategorized

Connie Nielsen and Damien Lewis lead an all-star cast in this 2006 film about a journalist in the Iraq war. Played by Nielsen, Anna Molyneux is a newswoman capturing the violence taking place in Iraq. Lewis, an actor made famous by his participation in Band of Brothers, plays Dan Murphy, a CIA agent who is engaged in a love triangle with the lead character. The third party is Mido Hamada, who plays Zaid, an Iraqi photographer who desires to take begin a meaningful career in the West. Another notable appearance comes from actor John Slattery, who is Read the rest of this entry »

Damien Lewis Dons CIA Badge for “The Situation”

April 1, 2013 | Uncategorized

Damien Lewis, the British actor now famous for his role as Nick Brody on the show Homeland, may have landed the role due to his performance as Dan Murphy, an American intelligence officer in Philip Haas’s film, The Situation.

The film is one of the first U.S. pictures about the Iraq war, and was released theatrically in February of 2007. The movie is about the struggle of main character Anna Molyneux, a journalist torn between the passions of an American officer (Lewis) and an Iraqi photographer. Read the rest of this entry »

The Real Situation with The Situation

January 1, 2013 | Uncategorized

If you’re a customer through sites like satellitetv-hq.com and you get a lot of movie channels, you might have heard about The Situation. It follows the story of an American journalist during the Iraq conflict of 2003 and her torn loyalty between two men she loves on both sides.

Despite an overall ambitious plot set against the backdrop of one of the most controversial conflicts in our country’s history, you would imagine it would open to greater acclaim. Unfortunately, the film was not well received overall and suffered during its circulation.

Most of the criticism came from people with issues regarding the plot. Some people cited the film’s inability to accurately blend both the romance and the mystery genres together as a sticking point. Others were not too taken with perceived preachy aspect of it.

What all of these critics fail to understand about the film as a whole was that it was never about the conspiracy or the war. The actual “situation” in the film is with regards to the protagonist’s choice between duty and love – it’s a battle of integrity. That’s the real war.

Unfortunately, while the film had a decent plot and a great script, it will remain a cult classic in the world of cinema.

How To Decide When Films Are Offensive or Revolutionary?

June 25, 2012 | Uncategorized

When it comes to film, and art in general, there can be a lot of debate as to whether something should be considered new and revolutionary, or whether something is offensive. Much like the infamous statement about pornography (I’ll know it when I see it), this can sometimes be a hard decision to make. It will probably require a lot of thought, and possibly some discussion with other people trying to answer the same question.

The Read the rest of this entry »

The Best War Stories of the Past Decade

June 22, 2012 | Uncategorized

One of the best war stories of the last decade has to be “The Situation”. Directed by Philip Haas, “The Situation” is set in Iraq during the insurgency. The movie follows an American news reporter and her Iraqi photographer as they investigate the drowning of a boy who was thrown off a bridge in Samarra by U.S. soldiers. Wound throughout the story is a realistic look at the complex relationships and convoluted politics involved Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Movies You Should See Before You Die

June 20, 2012 | Uncategorized

The following are ten films that every person should see before dying.

1. Godfather
Francis Ford Coppola depicts the rise of a mafia boss as a metaphor for capitalism in the greatest gangster film ever made.

2. Seven Samurai
Akira Kurosawa creates the blueprint of the action adventure film.

3. The Seventh Seal
Ingmar Bergman’s musing about death includes a knight playing death in chess to try to win back his life.

4. Vertigo
Often considered Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece.

5. 8 1/2
Federico Fellini’s surreal depiction of a Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding the Political Background of War Movies

June 19, 2012 | Uncategorized

War movies are one of the most long-lasting types of movies, but in order to understand a given war movie you need to grasp not only the politics behind the war, but the politics of the time that the film in question was made. After all, even if it’s unintentional, war movies make statements. They show how good guys and bad guys are depicted, give depth to the actions of characters and can show them acting in certain ways to make a point.

For instance, compare films like “Saving Private Ryan” and the propaganda films made during Read the rest of this entry »

Hold The Popcorn: Reviewing “The Situation”

June 15, 2012 | Uncategorized

I watched the film The Situation recently. It’s from 2006 and is about the American presence in Iraq after the War in 2003.

The Situation tells the story of an American reporter in Iraq. She is trying to get information about a teenage Iraqi who drowned after being thrown into a river by American soldiers. The film sometimes follows her but it also follows several other characters which became confusing very quickly.

This, along with the abundance of plots leaves very little time for character Read the rest of this entry »