Tuesday, July 28, 2015

13 Hours: the Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (Film)

I didn't even know this was being talked about being made, but Michael Bay has finished work on a true story account of the Benghazi killings based on a non-fiction book of the same name. Does this look good?
This looks amazing.
Zero Dark Thirty?
Sure, there is (artistic) noise added to this. With the subtitles we see in the beginning, like at 0:08, when the words blip out for a second and become distorted, that is noise, an artistic device that needs to be interpreted. Why? Noise indicates that there is something you are not hearing/seeing. Consider when your screen gets all pixeled-out, and blurry, the "noise" of the pixels and blur, things that don't make any sense, are covering up the real images that do make sense and that you do want to see. When we first see the line of text that says, "To protect CIA outposts and personnel in unstable regions," we think we can believe what we are seeing, because that is all there is to be seen; when it blips out, we know there is interference.
Why is interference important?
"Interference" means that something is distorting the information (the signal conveying your YouTube video or Netflix streaming, whatever you ware watching) and that interference, the source and it's motivation--whether or not it's intentional---itself becomes a source of information. For example, is there "political interference" in us knowing fully what happened that night a US Ambassador and others were killed? I don't know about you, but I didn't know there were elite soldiers there are Benghazi that night; I knew there were Navy Seals, and some of them died, defying commands to stand down (rather like police officers being told to stand down in Ferguson and Baltimore and let rioters loot) but I didn't know there were these elite soldiers there; does it make a difference? Yes, that these brave men were an additional resource to save those who died, and yet they were not allowed to help them, is not just murderous, it's treasonous.
I just saw The Vatican Tapes, an exorcism thriller, that I thoroughly enjoyed; it was done very well. This weekend is the opening of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. I don't want to give anything away, however, I am betting that Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) is a villain in disguise. Her last name, which has been heavily protected, has been revealed has being "Faust," which indicates that, like the mythical character selling his soul to the devil for earthly pleasures, she has too. I was guessing this, based on her wardrobe (lots of black, and then rotten green) but I will be the first person to admit I am wrong if I am.
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