Saturday, December 6, 2008

Movie Watching and Knitting


Last night I had a "Knitting in Front of the TV Night". I had checked out "The Last King Of Scotland from the library right before Thanksgiving and just got around to watching it, so I could return it today. It was a good movie and I can see why Forest Whitaker won the Academy and Golden Globe Awards he won for it. It left me with that feeling of "Oh, I wish I hadn't seen this." It was pretty disturbing to go back and remember the reign of this man in Uganda. Although I don't think we got that involved with things going on during this time, it left me with thoughts of how much the United States has always gotten involved in other countries, when they have problems. Now that we are having a few crisis here of our own I hope that other countries will hold back their criticism of us and do whatever they can do to help us. Just a thought.

9 comments:

Rudee said...

Tonight, I plan on watching Scream Bloody Murder on CNN at 8pm. It's Christiane Amanpour's documentary on genocide. I caught bits and pieces of it on satellite radio while working this week. What I heard of it is compelling. I think the world has shamefully turned a blind eye to atrocities-and has also been complicit in many of them. Did you see Blood Diamond? It's good too.

Brenda said...

Rudee,
I won't be home to watch the CNN tonight, but may tape it. I haven't seen Blood Diamond yet either. I am very behind on movie watching. I like that the library now has some decent ones though.

The Crusty Crone said...

I haven't seen this movie but I've heard it was excellent. What I don't understand is where Scotland comes into play if its about Uganda. I think I'll go google it to see what I find.

(Our government doesn't bother helping poor people, unless they control oil reserves... but then they wouldn't be poor.)

Renie Burghardt said...

Knitting and movie watching sounds like a good combo. I went out to lunch at a Mexican restaurant today, followed by Christmas shopping.

Have a great Sunday!

Renie

Poetikat said...

Coincidentally, this is a movie I have recently been saying that I want to see. It was a trailer on another film I watched the other day. I like Forrest Whittaker and know he won the award for this picture. It is hard to see these regimes depicted on film, but I think it's important that we are aware.
Another film of this nature that comes to mind is "Hotel Rwanda". It is really tough to watch in places, but I'm very glad I did.

Kat

(I didn't like Blood Diamond - it was in my opinion, gratuitously violent.)

MYRA said...

I haven't seen that movie... Probably too much violence in it for my liking...
I'm with Crusty Crone, what does Scotland have to do with it? hmmm... I too will have to look into it!
Last night hubby and I went to see Australia. Love story, action packed, some violence... so a good movie to see for hubby and wife to see together... 8-)

Betty Flocken said...

This is a movie I want to see. I really like Forest Whitaker. I'm not sure I can watch Scream Bloody Murder but I should at least try.

Gramma Ann said...

I love to watch TV when I am crocheting. It makes me feel I'm not wasting my time. But, this year I am trying to catch up on some of my reading. I buy books and then get busy doing something else, buy more books, so this year I am reading my 2 and 3 year old books.;)

Winifred said...

This is a really horrific true story. Amin called himself the Last King of Scotland because he saw a parallel in Scotland's ambitions for devolution to Africa's struggle against the English. As he successfully defeated the British he wanted to do the same for Scotland and be their king.

I remember this vividly when he expelled the Ugandan Asians, many of them were accepted and settled in Britain.

We're sadly seeing that same kind of thing happening in Zimbabwe with another nutter, Mugabe. The UK has spoken out about this for years but he just laughs and most of the rest of the world ignores it.

It's sad that freedom from colonial rule hasn't helped the ordinary African. These dictators have wrecked their infrastructure and fleeced them of their wealth.

Archbishop Tutu has said Mr Mugabe had ruined "a wonderful country", turning a "bread-basket" into a "basket case".

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