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Okay, this is not exactly a movie review, I guess, since I haven’t seen it yet.

Please. Like I have those kinds of contacts.

Still, it’s a movie that I’m really looking forward to, assuming it ever makes it here to Redstatesville. Which it may not. It is opening May 23rd in a few theaters in New York and L.A. Wider release presumably (hopefully) to follow.

The movie, War, Inc., is by all accounts a mish-mash of genres and a wicked satire of the highest order. John Cusack (who also co-wrote and produced the picture) stars as hitman Brand Hauser (NB: not the same character as the hitman Cusack plays in Grosse Pointe Blank, another wonderful movie he co-wrote, produced and starred in), who is hired by the management of a Halliburton/Blackwater-style corporation called Tamerlane to assassinate the head of a rival company. The story involves the first ever entirely corporate-managed foreign war in a country called Turaqistan, and is clearly based on the Iraq war fiasco, while exploring themes similar to those found in the documentary Iraq for Sale and Naomi Klein’s wonderful book on disaster capitalism, The Shock Doctrine.

[Side note: if you haven’t read Klein’s book yet, you ought to pick up a copy at your earliest opportunity. Like now. Really. It’s that good (and disturbing), and it will change the way you look at a lot of major events you see reported in the news. Seriously, head over to or (better yet) your favorite independent bookstore and pick up a copy NOW. This blog will still be here when you get back, I promise.]

I’ve always thought that Grosse Pointe Blank – Cusack’s 1997 movie about a hitman in existential crisis who attends his ten-year high school reunion – ought to be required viewing for anyone thinking about becoming a corporate attorney (they call them hired guns for a reason, folks!). Martin Blank’s recurring assertion that “It’s not me” in that movie goes to the heart of a lot of business dealings that are too easily rationalized as “It’s just business, nothing personal.”

War, Inc., looks even better in that regard, from what I’ve heard, and the early buzz I’ve heard is very positive.

So why am I writing about a movie that I haven’t seen yet? A movie that, in fact, may not open here in Redstatesville where I live?

Because this thing really looks brilliant. Don’t believe me? Check out the clips and blurbs on Cusack’s MySpace page.

Also, because I am hoping that one of you, my dear nonexistent readers, has seen it (it was apparently showing in Toronto last week) or will see it soon (as noted, it opens in NY and LA on May 23rd). So I’m putting out a call here: if anyone reading this little blog sees it (either opening weekend or before then) and wants to post a proper review (or even an improper review) here, please contact me directly at janedoe [at]

Worst case scenario, I will post a review myself if/when it opens here in Redstatesville (or somewhere within relatively easy driving distance of here).

In the mean time, of course, I still think Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.

jane doe

Follow-up: minor formatting corrections. Sorry for the multiple posts, RSS subscribers.

It was probably inevitable. Blame it on peer pressure, temporary insanity, or late-night caffeine-induced hallucinations, if you want.

I have set up a MySpace page.

But I have a good reason for it – honestly. It’s so I can keep up with certain political groups and musical artists that interest me.

Don’t believe me? Check out my rather anemic “friends” list. Am I actually friends with John Cusack, Billy Bragg, or Elvis Costello? Hah! I wish I were that cool. The sad reality is, I’m not even that cool in my dreams.

Anyway, I figured that as long as I was signing up for the free internet real estate, I would start posting a mirror of my blog there, as well. I haven’t figured out a good way to link directly to my real blog, so for now I’ll just post copies of my posts here over there.

So why am I mentioning this at all? Because there may be a few of you, my dear nonexistent readers, who are into the whole MySpace scene, and would prefer to get updates from my blog on your MySpace home page instead of via a bookmark or RSS aggregator. For whatever reason. So feel free to stop on by and add me as a friend, or, like, whatever. You can also check out what I’m reading at the moment, and see my countdown clock that is marking the days, hours, and minutes (still too many) until George Bush is out of office.

And you can also not post comments and messages to me there, just like most of you don’t post them here.

So feel free to check out my place over there. Of course, I’m dealing with the same anonymity issues there as I am here – specifically, the fact that I can’t have anything there or here that directly links my readers to my real life identity. Because I like my day job and would like to keep it for now. Thus there will be no entertaining pictures of your faithful blogger to make fun of, beyond a somewhat smaller version of the banner from this blog.

Anyway, stop on by and be sure to not leave a message for me!

jane doe

P.S. As always, I still believe that Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.

Update: Okay, I’ve been doing the MySpace thing for a while now, and I have to admit, it’s pretty cool. I’ve “met” some really interesting people there, and I have to say that I’ve found some really good blogs there, too. So maybe, I was lame for thinking going there was lame. Or is that too recursive?

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