Ms. Jolie peaks my interest taking on the role of writer and director. She does not fit one category and her films reveal her boundless outlook. I am looking forward to seeing the movie In the land of blood and honey. I think it is a clever time to remind people or introduce them to the affects of war ( and Bosnian war) in a region within a country, when you are literally fighting your next door neighbor over your nationality or religion. We see it in the news all the time, Israel and Palestine for instance, they have been fighting each other for years. People you befriended and now war turns the friendship into full on survivor combat. Most movies of war depict the toll it takes on the soldiers rather than its citizens. America has many ethnic pupil with many religious denominations. Would people divide into their ethnic groups, or split up in to their religion beliefs if a war broke out within America? Which one would you choose, your ethnicity or your religion?
I am not blinded by Hollywood, it is a very influential machine, giving way too much power to ordinary people, actors. I do respect the arts however, the business of how Americans make actors into icons is disturbing, just like all of our other misplaced values (sports, lobbyist, teachers, etc..). A few professions are way over payed and others are not paid enough. Our priorities are screwed up ! It reminds me of an interview that Tom Shadyac gave when he downsized his life in Hollywood giving away a lot of his money. Even though he was at one point in the Hollywood machine, he re-evaluated his definition of happiness, success for himself and saw the bigger picture for humanity in the misplaced bubble of priorities our country and citizens are in. I want to see his documentary film, I am which elaborates on his aha moment.
I welcome input from people across the globe that are too familiar with the affects of war in their country.