Jul 28, 2010
I just watched “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” I had no idea how awesome this movie is! :) Of course a lot of the tale’s back story is based on actual events, wherein the Newage movement made an ingress into the US Military, and created an atmosphere that was open to their later remote-viewing experiments and (sadly) much of the psych-warfare techniques the military would eventuall develop.
I think the story was also a wonderfully accurate portrayal of Newage culture. It was frankly honest about the silliness that so often surrounds their beliefs and practices, and yet also portrayed them as a very real spiritual movement with an important part to play in American history.
Even the plot itself was enjoyable. An ex-“Jedi Knight” from the “New Earth Battalion” receives a vision to go into the dessert, and there meets up with his Yoda-figure from the past in order to confront their mutual Darth Vader-figure. And the whole thing is set in the mold of a Sorcerer’s Apprentice story, told from the viewpoint of the young man who finds himself recruited into this often-silly yet enigmatic world.
While it’s no “O Brother Where Art Thou?”, I’ll still put this up there with one of Clooney’s best performances. :):)