Jack Ryan, God, and the Cold War

Jack Ryan: The Shadow Recruit, directed by Kenneth Branaghby Jeff GenotaIt's a cold January evening in Washington. I step into the breeze atop the Georgetown hill. Looking upwards, one can see the Russian tricolor and its storied embassy in the backdrop. Downhill, the towering Washington monument keeps me in place. I feel that lurking around me the Cold War was still raging, or at least my body warring against the cold with my tan overcoat. I look over my shoulder, left and right; to … [Read more...]

Argo: A Hollywood Feel-Good Fantasy

Argo, directed by Ben Affleckby Paul D. MillerNo wonder Hollywood loves Argo.  It is a movie about how movies save the day.Argo has already won Best Picture at the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild, the BAFTAs, and the Critic’s Choice--and probably the Oscars, by the time you read this.  All for good reason:  it is an excellent film--funny, suspenseful, intelligent, and thrilling in fine balance.  But is it really better than Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty?Hollywood seems to think … [Read more...]

Justice at Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelowby Paul D. MillerI was in Arizona on 9/11.  I was in the Army at the time, doing a summer of training at Ft. Huachuca.  Someone told us as we milled about after morning class that there was some kind of attack in New York.  By the time we got to lunch there were wild rumors about how many bombs had gone off and how many planes were in the air.  They cancelled afternoon class and we watched news the rest of the day, forty or fifty soldiers cro … [Read more...]