I’m not planning on seeing The Kingdom, the new movie about FBI agents in Saudi Arabia. But the first four minutes of it, summing up eight decades of American-Saudi relations, have some nicely done infographics. And I’ve gotta admit, opening a Hollywood action thriller with four minutes of political info-dump is pretty daring. (via Monoscope)
I did feel a momentary spark of interest when I saw that Jamie Foxx was a star of the movie, because my brain short-circuited and I thought they meant Jamie Farr. Hey, it’s not that far-fetched — Farr has played an Arab sheik before!
It also reminded me that I’ve been meaning to find a good book to familiarize myself with 20th century Saudi Arabian history, especially dealing with the 1970s oil crises and their aftermath. Rachel Bronson’s Thicker than Oil looks like it might be the thing, and my local library has it.