Snowden hangs on to more documents, Despicable Me 2 tops box office, and Vulture made a list of action movies
Snowden Supposedly Has NSA “Blueprint”
While Edward Snowden is currently stuck in the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, journalist Glenn Greenwald has been informing the Associated Press that the expatriate NSA leaker has a “blueprint” which serves as an instruction manual for how the NSA operates. According to Greenwald, these documents “would allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does, which would in turn allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it.” Though there aren’t any plans to release the “blueprint” to the public, Greenwald, who brought Snowden’s story to The Guardian, believes leaking it “would be harmful to the U.S. government, as they perceive their own interests” but not to American citizens and national security.
Since the NSA documents were leaked, Greenwald has stepped up his own personal security in response to a stolen laptop in his Rio home. He fears actions might be taken against him (specifically by the U.S. government). Meanwhile, Snowden is turning to Russia, hoping they will grant him temporary asylum before he moves to Latin America, where three countries (Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia) have already offered the fugitive safe harbor.
Dumb Middle-Aged Men Defeat Giant Robots
Americans aren’t universally known for their good taste, and even if they were, it’d be hard to defend after knowing how many people saw Grown-Ups 2 this weekend. Though it didn’t top the weekend box office, it hauled in a whopping $42.5 million dollars—an incredible feat for something that got a gentleman’s 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and looked simply terrible. However, Despicable Me 2 took top honors this weekend, pulling in just under $45 million in its second week running. Coming in third was Pacific Rim, Guillermo Del Toro’s robots vs. monster aliens flick that critics kind of love and looks like a lot of fun.
Whatever. In a fantasy world, we can imagine Idris Elba and an army of 300ft robots demolishing Kevin James and friends’ future movies.
25 Great Action Flicks in a post-Die Hard World
NYMag and Vulture film critic Bilge Ebiri did the Lord’s work over the past four months and compiled 25 of the best action flicks released since John McTiernan’s 1989 masterpiece Die Hard. Sure to be a controversial list, Ebiri excluded animation (but kept in James Cameron’s overrated Avatar), putting multiple entries from franchises in the list, and created an arguably narrow definition of what constitutes an “action” movie. Granted, this is all nitpicking, Ebiri took on a massive task to compile this list, and overall his recommendations are worth checking out. In this list, you’ll find Keanu Reeves classics like Point Break, Speed, and The Matrix. Topping the list, unsurprisingly, is Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight to the delight of Batman fans everywhere. My addition: James Cameron’s True Lies, which I enjoyed a hell of a lot more than Avatar.
Whatever and Ever today is written by mega-shark Josh Terry