Movie Date: 'Captain Phillips' and 'Machete Kills'

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 03:28 PM

This week, Kristen and Rafer take on heroes and villains with this week's two major releases: 'Captain Phillips,' the new Tom Hanks-led film about the real hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in 2009, and 'Machete Kills,' the latest Mexploitation film from Robert Rodriguez. And bonus: Kristen interviews the real Captain Richard Phillips, asking him to give his thoughts on the movie (and on Tom Hanks's interpretation of his accent). All aboard! 


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unkerjay from Puget Sound, WA

The name of the movie is "Captain Phillips".

As such, the likelihood that the emphasis or primary interest or corollary interest
would be the Somali pirates, that Kristen is disappointed in that regard. She probably shouldn't go see "Ben Hur", "Captain America", "Malcolm X", "The Queen", or "JFK" because she's probably as likely to be disappointed in the disproportionate representation.

I think Captain Phillips spoke honestly and candidly about the questions raised by others and here by Kristen.

And he has spoken elsewhere about the toll it took on him.

The fact that he is STILL out there doing the job he loves despite the fact of this incident and the toll it took upon him speaks volumes about him and, at least in my mind, puts to rest whatever doubts or questions there are to be raised by those who would second guess his actions.

I haven't seen the movie yet. I intend to. And I expect I will like it, will learn from it, and will consider it money well spent.

I think this movie like the series "Ethics in America", the annual "Great American Thinkoff", and the work of Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Ariely, Steven D. Levitt is an economist. Stephen J. Dubner and others have done to try to show that life, our understandings of ourselves and of each other are not as black and white as we might like them to be, I think, we can expect, at the least, this movie will attempt, not to provide us with answers, but, uncomfortable challenges to our comfort zone in which Captain Phillips is not the convenient hero nor the Somali pirates convenient villains.

I think a good amount of the rest as presented in this review is just a lot of needless nitpicking.

Oct. 13 2013 01:23 AM

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