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topgeargorilla avatar 7:40 PM on 04.24.2008
Where in the World is Osama bin Laden Videogame sequence
This last Tuesday, I had a chance to see a movie at the local art house. Usually, I'm driven nuts by pretentious films by arrogant jerks who make messages based on ideals that don't understand or haven't even thought about clearly themselves.


However, I saw "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden" by Morgan Spurlock. You know, the dude from "Supersize Me." Anyway, I have to say I really enjoyed the film; Spurlock does a really good job of showing a side of Middle Easterners that many Americans have never seen. Spurlock has an agenda, but it's not an asshattery agenda like Micheal Moore, where people become outright pissed off. Spurlock just wants to convey the message that Arab people are just like you and me; even many angry people are just misguided.

So sure, if you aren't used to left-leaning politics, this movie might piss you off. However, Spurlock isn't entirely aggressive with the message, and he keeps the movie really funny.

I bring all this up because there is this bizarre videogame segue set-up. Between visiting cities, a fighting game style arena selection menu shows, and even more bizarrely, Spurlock battles bin Laden in a fighting game manner. Mustache throws and robot ninja attacks abound. It's really......weird. At the moment, I thought it was funny, but many of the reviews for the film hated this aspect. If I can find a video clip of the respective scenes, but we'll see.....

Besides, even the title is a reference to "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego."

Has anybody seen this film? Did you like the videogame sequence?



(Oh, and I got accepted into UCLA today on an English major. Anybody go there? I'm still waiting for UC Berkeley, and I know Tactix goes there. Hmm....)

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