In a world in which Hollywood's cash cow is worse sequels to bad movies, the rare occasion of a movie that appears to involve some thought is a rare joy. One such movie is Lord of War (2005), an insightful commentary on arms sales disguised as a drama. As a movie, it was less than amazing, but as food for thought, it was more than filling. In fact, the film is sufficiently true to real events (not least its indictment of the US Government as the largest arms dealer in the world) that they were unable to secure funding in the US and had to look overseas. Despite general critical acclaim, it was not nominated for any awards.
A man took his wife deer hunting for the first time. After he'd given her some basic instructions, they agreed to separate and rendezvous later. Before he left, he warned her if she should fell a deer to be wary of hunters who might beat her to the carcass and claim the kill. If that happened, he told her, she should fire her gun three times into the air and he would come to her aid.
The guy on the right has the Osborne 1, a fully functional computer system in a portable package the size of a briefcase. The guy on the left has an Uzi submachine gun concealed in his attache case. Also in the case are four fully loaded, 32-round clips of 125-grain 9mm ammunition. The owner of the Uzi is going to get more tactical firepower delivered -- and delivered on target -- in less time, and with less effort. All for $795. It's inevitable. If you're going up against some guy with an Osborne 1 -- or any personal