Friday, June 17, 2005

The Fog of War & Mr. and Mrs. Smith

This was another 2 movie day.

The second one was the better one.  The Fog of War (on DVD from Netflix), reviewed in the NY Times, is a documentary interview with Robert McNamara.  McNamara was the Secretary of Defense under Kennedy and Johnson, and was instrumental in managing, or Not managing, the Vietnam war.

McNamara was courted and hired by President Robert F. Kennedy.  McNamara was one of the "Best and Brightest" this country had to offer in 1961.  When he went to work for Kennedy he was the newly appointed president of the Ford Motor Company.

It was an extremely sobering film.  It would appear the current administration learned nothing from the mistakes made in Vietnam.  If you are interested in this subject, I recommend the review in the NY Times.

I give this one an A+, but not because I enjoyed it.

The first movie we saw today was Mr. and Mrs. Smith.  This one was lots more fun, but not nearly as good a movie.  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie obviously had fun making this one.  This is an average Hollywood blockbuster.  It won't change your life and you'll probably forget the experience pretty quickly.

The NY Times says, "... lock and load.  That's pretty much the entire film, or what passes for its story."

I give this one a C, because Brad and Angelina were fun to watch :-)

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