4 items from 2015
The director Raja Menon is shooting on the old streets of Ras Al Khaimah which looks like Kuwait of 1990s.
Few leaders in the Western World have drawn as much criticism as George W Bush, the 43rd President of the United States of America.
Bush served two terms as President, between 2001 and 2009, and he split opinions both domestically and internationally. His “War on Terror” – in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks – saw Bush commit troops to a war in Afghanistan, which was largely supported, but also to toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, which drew much criticism.
But it was not just Bush’s foreign policy that proved controversial – his first election victory in 2000 was overshadowed by allegations of vote-rigging and intimidation in the hotly-contested state of Florida, and he was only confirmed as President-Elect following a Us Supreme Court ruling.
Also, Bush has often been portrayed as a “dumb” person who was not intellectually gifted enough to hold the office of President, and he has been mocked in popular culture because of this. »
- Chris Waugh
A director and a producer in Iraqi Kurdistan battle the odds to make a feature about Saddam Hussein’s Al Anfal massacre in “Memories on Stone,” a dark tale of an inescapable past told with expected dollops of absurdist humor. Presumably full of semi-autobiographical touches, the film fits snugly into director Shawkat Amin Korki’s body of work (“Kick Off,” “Crossing the Dust”) and the long line of pics dealing with the social and personal pressures of making a relevant movie. “Memories” has been picking up awards (Abu Dhabi, Unesco), and while weak on character development, it will continue to find hospitable fest berths.
A “Cinema Paradiso”-style prologue shows young Hussein (Birhat Hussein) visiting his projectionist father (Kamiran Betasl) during a screening of “Yol” (the art department adds a nice cinephile flourish with a “Mogambo” poster in the booth). Soldiers storm the theater saying the film is forbidden, beating »
- Jay Weissberg
“Has anybody ever said ‘No, thank you’ to being on The Simpsons?” wonders a giggling Cat Deeley. “Maybe Saddam Hussein turned around and said ‘No.’ Like, if you were a terrible dictator, you might not want to open that Pandora’s box.”
Thankfully, the Emmy-nominated host of So You Think You Can Dance had no such reservations, and thus will make her animated debut on Fox’s long-running comedy on Sunday, March 15 (8/7c).
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4 items from 2015
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