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Pixar’s Brave

Pixar’s Brave opens this weekend across the country. This is the first major movie from Pixar starring a heroine. Let me end the suspense. This is a great movie. It has a wonderful story and Pixar animation. Yes, the movie is thoroughly entertaining, but I was completely blown away by the animation. The detail (in one scene where our heroine was riding a horse through the woods, the horse looked so good I questioned if it was real or not) was phenomenal.

Disney, tired of getting its butt kicked, bought Pixar several years ago. The good news for Pixar fans is that it seems the quality of their movies has remained outstanding. On the other hand, I have to question Disney. What was John Carter? This is a movie where they spent millions of dollars in special effects but forgot to write a compelling script. John Carter was the first movie I’ve seen in a long time in which I though about leaving right after the opening credits.

If you like cartoons, if you like fantastic animation, if you like compelling stories, you’ll like Brave. I give it an A-. John Carter, on the other hand, gets a D+. This is generous because I didnenjoy the special effects.

By |2012-06-25T00:47:18-04:00June 24th, 2012|Movies|1 Comment

The Errington Thompson Show 4-25-09

Now, this is good stuff.

My special guest is Marcy Wheeler who scooped the mainstream media I actually reading the torture memos. She was one of discovered that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was waterboarded over 100 times. I discussed with my producer, Agnes, who’s back from a long hiatus, the importance of people being involved in the government.

Marcy Wheeler and I go into some detail about the torture memos. This should not be missed. Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

From the Bybee memo:

Our advice is based upon the following facts, which you have provided to us. We also understand that you do not have any facts in your possession contrary to the facts outlined here, and this opinion is limited to these facts. If these facts were to change, this advice would not necessarily apply.  Zubaydah is currently being held by the United States.  The interrogation team is certain that he has additional information that he refuses to divulge.  Specifically, he is withholding information regarding terrorist networks in the United States or in Saudi Arabia and information regarding plans to conduct attacks within the United States or against our interests overseas.  Zubaydah has become accustomed to a certain level of treatment and displays no signs of willingness to disclose further information. Moreover, your intelligence indicates that there is currently a level of “chatter” equal to that which preceded the September 11 attacks. In light of the information you believe Zubaydah has and the high level of threat you believe now exists, you wish to move the interrogations into what you have described as an “increased pressure phase.'”

We spend some time discussing this paragraph.  It is very important.  I think that it shows, since none of the criteria were met, that even under the Bush torture memos, we violated even that standard.  This is a great interview.  enjoy!

By |2012-05-07T15:38:43-04:00June 26th, 2009|Podcasts, State and Local Politics, Torture|Comments Off on The Errington Thompson Show 4-25-09
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