Wikileaks, 11th LD

London(AP/UTC The Loop) — In a disclosure of some of the most sensitive information yet revealed by WikiLeaks, the website has put out a secret cable listing sites worldwide that the U.S. considers critical to its national security. U.S. officials said the leak amounts to giving a hit list to terrorists.

Among the locations cited in the diplomatic cable from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are undersea communications lines, mines, antivenin factories and suppliers of food and manufacturing materials.

The Pentagon declined to comment Monday on the details of what it called “stolen” documents containing classified information. But a spokesman, Col. David Lapan, called the disclosure “damaging” and said it gives valuable information to adversaries.

The State Department echoed the Pentagon’s statement. “Releasing such information amounts to giving a targeting list to groups like al-Qaida,” agency spokesman P.J. Crowley said. British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the disclosure, telling the BBC it was a “reprehensible” act committed “without regard to wider concerns of security, the security of millions of people.”

WikiLeaks released the 2009 Clinton cable on Sunday.

In the message, marked “secret,” Clinton asked U.S. diplomatic posts to help update a list of sites around the world “which, if destroyed, disrupted or exploited, would likely have an immediate and deleterious effect on the United States.”

The list was considered so confidential that the contributors were advised to come up with the information on their own: Posts are “not being asked to consult with host governments in respect to this request,” Clinton wrote.

Attached to Clinton’s message was a rundown of sites included in the 2008 “Critical Foreign Dependencies Initiative” list. Some of the sites, such as border crossings, hydroelectric dams and shipping lanes, could hardly be considered secret.

But other locations, such as mines, manufacturers of components used in weapons systems, and vaccine and antivenin sources, probably were not widely known. The Associated Press has decided against publishing their names due to the sensitive nature of the information.

Gangs, Drug and Violence all Reside In The City Of God : Movies You Need To See

City of God is a beautifully gritty crime thriller that should not be missed, it is dark compelling and exciting to watch. It leaves the viewer satisfied yet wanting to see more of the lives of those living in the City of God.

By: Justin Dee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — Fernando Meirelles’ and Kátia Lund’s 2002 film  City of God chronicles the lives of young men as the grow up in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro Brazil during the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.

  • Release Date: August 30, 2002
  • Staring :Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen, Matheus Nachtergaele and Seu Jorge
  • Budget: $8.5 million
  • Gross Revenue: $30,641,770
Lil Ze brandishing his wepon.

Lil Ze brandishing a weapon

Rocket loading his camera.

Centered around  Rocket and Lil Ze, the film follows these y0ung men as they grown up in the slums of Rio and interact with their friends, enemies, and make the choices  that will impact their lives forever, leading one to a life of crime and the other into the world of journalism.

Based on Paulo Lins 1997 autobiographical novel the film is a beautiful whirlwind of life, love, violence and death as experienced in the state formed suburb of Rio De , Brazil.

The City of God community was formed in 1960 in an attempt to removed shanty towns and the poor who inhabited them from the inner city by the state government of Guanabara, Brazil.

In his 2003 review Roger Ebert wrote that City of God shares comparison with Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas.

The film has been compared with Scorsese’s Goodfellas and it deserves the comparison. Scorsese’s film began with a narrator who said that for as long as he could remember he wanted to be a gangster. The narrator of this film seems to have had no other choice.

He also wrote that the film has some parallels to Scorsese’s Gangs of New York saying,

In both films, there are really two cities: the city of the employed and secure, who are served by law and municipal services, and the city of the castaways, whose alliances are born of opportunity and desperation. Those who live beneath rarely have their stories told.

UTC student Steven Read said, while very reminiscent of American gangster/ coming of age movies like Menace II Society and Goodfellas, (This film) setting in Brazil and it socio-economic conditions makes it something wholly original and slightly more disturbing.

The film’s ensemble cast churns out beautiful performances normally seen from seasoned actors. However the  majority of the cast had never acted before this film and are in fact from the local area where the film was shot. One of the few seasoned actors in the film is Matheus Nachtergaele who portrays Carrot and although his character is important it is very minor compared to the other characters. The stand out performance is that Leandro Firmino in the role of Lil Ze.

LiL Ze forcing one child to kill another

Lil Ze is a violent, power hungry psychopath but Firmino’s performance allows the viewer to understand that all of the character’s hate and anger comes form a place of pain and survival.

City of God was nominated for  four Academy Awards including best cinematography and it is very clear why. In one scene that depicts the death of  a major character is as beautiful as it is sad.

The film was so successful the that it spawned a television series and a 2007 sequel that both share the title City of Men. The television series, which ran for four seasons from 2002 to 2005 in Brazil, was shown on the Sundance cable network here in the U.S.

City of God is currently available on DVD.

A Rated R Movie that Lives Up to the Rating. Movies You Need to See: High Tension

This horror thriller puts the slash back in slasher film, taking the viewer on an adrenalin filled ride of death and mayhem that is rarely see in today’s overly watered down horror films.

By: Justin Dee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop)For far too long studios have watered down horror movies in order to label the films PG 13 in an attempt to make more money. However, this 2003 French horror thriller from Alexandre Aja is one of the hardest R rated movies in the last decade.

This French Horror Film originally received a in NC 17 Rating from the American ratings system.

  • Release Date: June 18, 2003
  • Staring :Cécile de France, Maïwenn Le Besco, Philippe Nahon
  • Budget: €2,200,000
  • Gross Revenue: $6,291,958

Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco) on the left and Marie (Cécile de France) as they cower from the maniac down stairs.

High Tension centers around two college friends Marie (Cécile de France) and Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco) who decided to spend the weekend with Alex’s parents in their country home. Mayhem ensues when an intruder kills Alex’s family and takes her hostage, living Marie to save her friend from this homicidal maniac.

Ethan Alter, of Film Journal International, called High Tension refreshing and wrote in his 2003 review that the film takes full advantage of the R rating.

Alter went on to write “What really gets the audience involved are the tense moments before the blood starts to fly. And, as the title implies, High Tension is filled with those sorts of beats. In its best moments, the film is reminiscent of such seminal slasher pictures as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes .”

Philippe Nahon plays Le tueur (The killer) is a French a born actor best know for roles in horror thrillers such as The Pack

UTC student, Steven Redd, described High Tension as an exceptional slasher film saying ,” Its also interesting to see how our crazy, inbred, redneck fantasy has influenced the horror genre internationally.”

The acting in High Tension is better than most films of slasher film genre. Maïwenn Le Besco and Philippe Nahon do very good jobs with the material, but the film rests on the performance of Cécile de France. The fear, forcefulness and determination adds to the tension in the film title and makes the viewer care about the victims and their situation.

Cécile De France is currently staring in Clint Eastwood Hereafter along side Matt Damon

The films ending has been a source of contention for fans and critics alike. Love the ending or hate it you’ll enjoy the ride getting there.

High Tension served as director Alexandre Aja catapult into Hollywood. After High Tension Aja was taped to direct 2006’s Hills Have Eyes remake, 2008’s Mirrors starring Kiefer Sutherland, and 2010’s Piranha 3D.

High Tension is currently available on DVD.

2 workers killed in Tenn. post office shooting

HENNING, Tenn. (AP/The Loop) — Two gunmen opened fire Monday at a post office in a rural West Tennessee town that was home to “Roots” author Alex Haley, killing two workers during what a survivor and authorities described as an attempted robbery.

The shooting happened Monday morning at the post office in Henning, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department said. Officers were searching for a maroon Chevrolet Malibu with two men inside, and no arrests have been made.

District Attorney Mike Dunavant said the case involved “disturbing violence” but did not elaborate.

The post office, which sits between a self-service car wash and a coin-operated laundry called “Mom’s” in this town of about 1,200 people, often has residents coming in to pick up their mail. Home delivery isn’t provided in Henning, some 45 miles northeast of Memphis.

Beth Barnett, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, said that five people usually work in the post office but that she was not sure how many were there at the time of the attack.

Mary Hammock, who works at a nearby market, said Monday afternoon that she had been in the post office about 8:25 a.m. and noticed it was not as loud or busy as normal.

“I knew something didn’t feel right because it was real quiet,” she said. She returned to the market and heard police sirens about 15 minutes later.

“I might have been real close probably to losing my life,” she said.

Around midday, plainclothes investigators were scanning the area along a railroad track that sits behind the post office. Lines of yellow police tape kept people away from the building as a crowd gathered nearby, some sitting in chairs, waiting for more information about what happened.

Crime scene investigation trucks were parked outside, including one from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Ella Holloway, who lives within walking distance of the post office, said she knew one of the women killed. Holloway said she would be greeted by the woman’s smile when she went to the post office to buy stamps.

“She was a real nice person,” Holloway said.

Tony Burns, a state employee at the Tennessee Capitol in Nashville, said his sister-in-law is a postal service worker who was assigned to the Henning office Monday. She told him that the shooting happened during a robbery attempt, but that she escaped unharmed. The sheriff’s department also said earlier in the day that the incident may have been a robbery.

Standing on a street corner near the post office, city resident Emmitt Hennings, a 71-year-old retiree, said it was hard to comprehend what happened.

“I just couldn’t believe it, not in this town,” Hennings said. “It’s too quiet.”

Postal officials offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The post office is less than a half-mile away from the museum dedicated to the “Roots” author Haley, who died in 1992. The 1976 book won a Pulitzer Prize and was the basis for a top-rated TV series. The story chronicled his family history from Africa to slavery and freedom in the U.S., and it inspired many people to research their own families’ roots.


Associated Press writer Lucas L. Johnson II in Nashville contributed to this report.

Horrors Awaits You Deep Within The Earth. Movies You Need To See: The Descent

By: Justin Dee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) Descend deep with in the bowels of the earth and see what horrors await you in Neil Marshall’s 2005 film The Descent.

The Descent was shot entirely in the United Kingdom although it was set in the U.S.

  • Release Date: April 2, 2006
  • Staring :Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora Jane Noone
  • Domestic Gross Revenue: £3,500,000
  • Gross Revenue:  £2,701,595

Starring a all female cast The Descent centers around a group of friends who decide to go an a spelunking trip in  the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina when they get trapped in the cave and run across some vicious cave dwelling creatures known as crawlers.

When Roger Ebert described the the film in his 2006 review he compared the film to classics like Deliverance, JawsAlien and Dead Calm, writing that “It’s just that good.”

“Finally, a scary movie with teeth, not just blood and entrails — a savage and gripping piece of work that jangles your nerves without leaving your brain hanging. And so, for a change, you emerge feeling energized and exhilarated rather than enervated, or merely queasy,” wrote Ebert.

Steven Redd described The Descent as “defiantly different” when he was interviewed about the film.

Redd did have one issue with the film however, he said “The lighting and the fact that it’s an all female cast sometimes makes it difficult to differentiate some of the lesser characters.”

The descent currently available on DVD.

Titans sticking with best offense in Chris Johnson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have the NFL’s best running back in Chris Johnson, and they make sure they give him the ball.

Over and over and over again.

The back who became just the sixth player in league history to run for 2,000 yards last season now leads the league with 75 carries through the first three games. The Associated Press 2009 NFL Offensive Player of the Year had 32 rushes in last week’s 29-10 win over the New York Giants.

The only time Johnson has had more carries in a game was the 2009 season finale when he had 32 rushes to reach 2,006 yards.

It’s a heavy workload, but Johnson doesn’t seem to mind.

He said Wednesday the Titans are 2-1 and working him right.

Movies You Need To See: The Stoning of Soraya M

By: Justin Dee


Horrifyingly beautiful is how one might describe Cyrus Nowrasteh’s 2008 film The Stoning of Soraya M, about a women’s untimely death at the hands of family, friends, and neighbors.

The Stoning of Soraya M  Movie Poster

Click on image for cast and director interviews

  • Release Date: September 27, 2008
  • Staring :Shohreh Aghdahloo, Mozhan Marnò, Navid Negahban, Jim Caviezel
  • Domestic Gross Revenue: $636,246
  • Foreign Gross Revenue:  $349,795

In the film, based on the book of the same name, Soraya’s widowed aunt, Zahra (Shohreh Aghdahloo) recounts the true events that led to Soraya (Mozhan Marnò) tragic death to French-Iranian Journalist Freidoune Sahebjam (Jim Caviezel) who happens upon the remote Iranian village in 1986.

Soraya’s adulterous husband Ali (Navid Negahban) hatches a plan to have her killed using trumped up adultery charges so that he can marry a 14 year-old girl.

All the acting  in the film has perfect  pitch, the characters are believable and multi-dimensional.

One of the film’s stand out performances is that of Shohreh Aghdahool as Zahra. Aghdahloo does an excellent job portraying  both the character’s strength in standing up to this injustice and anguish in watching a loved one die in such a horrible fashion.

Shohreh Aghdahool (Top) was nominated for an Oscar for her 2003 role in a House of Sand and Fog

“Against them is one strong voice,” wrote Roger Ebert In his 2009 review. “The widow Zahra, Soraya’s aunt. She knows all the players and all the motives and publicly calls them on it, to no avail.”

The film also serves as a window into a society and practice that most viewers only see in news report.

Steven Redd,  of Memphis Tenn. said, ” While we are repeatedly told of the ordeals that some of these women face to connect with one and experience the stoning with her gives a very human element to the situation over there.”

Soraya M (Mozhan Marnò) about to be stoned by her farther, husban, sons and other men of the villiage

Soraya M (Mozhan Marnò) about to be stoned by her father, husband, sons and other men of the villiage

The stoning sequence in the film may be overwhelming for some views but it is an important part of the film that should not be missed.

Roger Ebert wrote in his 2008 review, “The Stoning of Soraya M. has such a powerful stoning sequence that I recommend it if only for its brutal ideological message.”

The Stoning of Soraya M is currently available on DVD.

Movies You Need To See: Requiem for a Dream

By: Justin Dee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) –

• Released October 27, 2000
• Staring Jarred Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans
• Budget $4,500,000
• Gross Revenue $7,390,108

Drug addiction, depression, and despair plague the characters in Darren Aronofsky’s journey into the world of four addicts in his 2000 film Requiem for a Dream.

The film, which is based on a book of the same name, centers on Harry Goldfarb (Jarred Leto), his mother Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn of Exorcist fame), Harry’s girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) and Harry’s best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) as they all spiral downward into the pits of addiction.

Aronofsky’s ability to show viewers the world inside drug use by exposing the viewer the world from the prospective of the addicts as they use may have never been seen before.

The actor’s performances are all stellar in this dark drama.  Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Oscar in the  best  actress category for her horrifying and haunting  portrayal  of a women’s descent into madness. Leto and  Connelly do  wonderful jobs as well, and Marlon Wayans  displays wells  of untapped talent never seen before from  the well-known  funny man.

Roger Ebert wrote in his 2000 review; “What is fascinating about “Requiem for a Dream,” the  new film by Darren Aronofsky, is how well he portrays the  mental states of his addicts. When they use, a window  opens briefly into a world where everything is right. Then  it slides shut, and life reduces itself to a search for the  money and drugs to open it again. Nothing else is remotely as interesting.”

Steven Redd, a 22-year-old senior from Memphis, said,” Requiem for a Dream could easily be one of the most impressive and potentially important movies that I’ve ever seen.”

Redd went on to say that, ”While Requiem for a Dream does not attempt to excuse their addiction to drugs, it gets you so emotionally involved in their plight that the why and the how no longer matter”.

Although the film received an R rating, it was celebrated by critics, and even winning two Independent Spirit Awards, one for best lead actress and on for best cinematography.

Requiem for a Dream is currently available on DVD.