In addition to our primary mission of stripping the War on Terrorism naked and pointing a flashlight up its bum, What is the War? will occasionally recommend fine entertainments for our readers. Lately we've been stoked by:
Maybe you've heard the hype on this BBC series. Believe the hype. It's hilarious, tragic, and often very profound.
House of Sand and Fog
In the mood for a light-hearted romp? Then avoid this film. Apart from the hours spent in my room listening to Smiths records as a teenager, I don't think I've ever enjoyed being so depressed as when I watched this film. It works a spell on you. Great script, great performances from Ben Kingsley and Shohreh Aghdashloo as his wife. The story kind of reminded me of "In the Bedroom," later I found out that the author of the novel "House of Sand and Fog" is the son of the author of "In the Bedroom." That family must be a barrel of laughs.
Kris Kristofferson, Kristofferson
One of the founding documents of outlaw country. A Rhodes scholar and then U.S. Army captain, Kristofferson turned down a chance to teach at West Point to go to Nashville and become a songwriter, eventually hitting the big time after Janis Joplin covered "Me and Bobby McGee" and Johnny Cash covered "Sunday Morning Coming Down," both of which (Kristofferson's versions) are on this record.