[Green Zone]

I’m a bit of a sucker for the Bourne movies (they’re basically the only American action films I find interesting) so I was pretty stoked when the screening for Green Zone opened up. I mean, this is a movie I was seriously considering paying for. Shocking, right?

It’s a satisfying popcorn movie, a war action thriller based on a book by Washington Post journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran. The film opens with Matt Damon’s Chief Miller leading a raid on what is meant to be a WMD storage site. It’s the third time such a raid has come up empty, and he starts to question where the intelligence — or lack thereof — is coming from. Brendan Gleeson and Amy Ryan are the CIA representative and journalist who also have their doubts about how the whole Iraq mission is being run, Greg Kinnear is the intelligence operator/White House mouthpiece, and Khalid Abdalla is great as Freddy, an Iraqi informant working with Miller and acting as the voice of the ambivalent Iraqi citizens.

The film is, unsurprisingly, getting criticism for changing names and fictionalizing, as well as for pushing a left-wing agenda. Here’s the thing. Names are changed, sure, but it’s not like we don’t know who they mean. And if by pushing a left-wing agenda they mean exposing the lies over which we went to war, then sure, it does. As well it should. And if this is a venue through which more people will be open to understanding what happened and what is still happening under our watch, then right fucking on.

A technical detail: I didn’t have any difficulty with the Shaky Cam, and in fact, I frequently liked how it forced me to focus better than I might have otherwise. All the action made sense and was clear enough to follow, unlike some of the Bourne action.

[Everything else]

* I saw Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix while recovering from jet lag, so I don’t have anything useful to say about it, except that Neville rules. I’m going to try to catch it on IMAX, if I have time.

* The advantage of not seeing a lot of genre films is that when something like Sunshine comes along you miss all the references and enjoy it on its own merits. Which were mighty. Sure, the science makes no sense and the ending has the hint of cheese. Doesn’t matter. The film is *gorgeous*.

* I do go in for some popcorn films, and as such, The Bourne Ultimatum was by far the three-quel I was most looking forward to. Worth it, as it delivered fully on its promise of awesome.

* Then, to the surprise of no one more than me, I caught a free screening of Superbad. What the trailers don’t tell you is that it’s all about the relationship between Seth & Evan, and their angst about going off to different colleges. It is funny and sweet and crass (particularly Seth) and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. In that, I thought I would only like it for my strange affection towards Michael Cera, but I wound up laughing kind of a lot. So there.

…and now we are caught up. Yay!