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* Books: Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 18 February 2012

Books: Started Early, Took My Dog (2010) by Kate Atkinson (Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995), Human Croquet (1997)).  This crime novel, part thoughtful travelogue, of loves and losses, follows semi-retired private investigator Jackson Brodie as he attempts to trace, through the good, bad old days and the precariously, obliquely good, bad new days, the origins of a client, adopted a young age.  More than touching on a diversity of themes: of adoption, of dogs that belonged to women, of shockingly, rashly, bought children, of kidnapped, history-less children, of forcibly orphaned children; of adaptation to ever-changing circumstances, and glimpses of true, and erroneous, self-knowledge; confusion of names; childhood, the good, and, so often, the bad, the thwarted, the difficult and the ugly; parents and children and families in all their stifled hope, errors, lies, and miscommunications; not to mention inspiring, uplifting, dark and hopeful poetry; and of course, crime, with its police, private investigators, cover-ups, murders, power and money.  Sounds like a lot?  It is.  But with Atkinson’s deft, even tender touch, and her sensitive portrayals, Started Early, Took My Dog, is an easy, captivating novel, and a very agreeable, if at times brutal, read. (PR)

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* The Expendables – Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li & Mickey Rourke

Posted by the editors on Monday, 6 February 2012

The Expendables (2010) – Directed by Sylvester Stallone and starring Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li,  Mickey Rourke, Bruce WillisArnold SchwarzeneggerDolph Lundgren and others.  This unabashed action film with quite a few of the great action stars old and new, follows a group of elite, and perhaps a bit worn out, mercenaries on a mission to Central America.  And though it received a mixed critical reception, it did quite well at the box office.  And for reason.  As one could expect, and even hope, for this sort of film, there’s an A to Z of automatic weapons, fiery explosions, and bone-breaking hand to hand combat and it offers a tender pleasure to see the grandfathers of contemporary action films together, wrinkles and all, giving it a good go.  Of course, and being rather kind, the story isn’t much, but that’s not the point in films of this genre, is it.  With all its exploding heads, and other flying body parts, The Expendables is not for the weak at heart, or those who won’t suspend their moral judgement, almost a non sequitur when it comes to this sort of film.  Nevertheless, for a testosterone-filled action film, with at least one moment of soul searching, in an excellent scene with Mickey Rourke,  The Expendables could be worth watching. (PR)

See our post on the film The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham.

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* Book Review: Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 2 February 2012

Book Review: Our Kind of Traitor (2010) by John le Carré (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974), The Constant Gardener (2001), A Most Wanted Man (2008))  Russian mobsters, British spies, bankers, and politicians, corruption, money laundering, and, of course, the innocents caught up in it all…oh yes, and tennis, from the scenic Caribbean beauty of Antigua to the Center Court at Roland Garros for the French Open with Roger Federer, Our Kind of Traitor, Le Carré’s 22nd novel, offers a contemporary look at his favorite terrain, spies, and preferably British spies, at that.  Le Carré reflects on the reframing of a certain sense of loyalty, on the part of the British espionage establishment, from “all for Britain” to “all for profit”, with his usual sensitivity to the concomitant evolution of language, as things degrade into some sort of mongrel globalisation.  In fact, one could ask oneself, whose agenda is dominant in all these machinations, or is everyone  simply struggling to impose as much of their own personal agenda as possible, in circumstances where only money has any real importance, no matter where it comes from and no matter what it’s used for, and loyalty is a thing of the past.  Perhaps a bit slow to start, when Our Kind of Traitor gets up to speed, it becomes an enjoyable, and sophisticated, thrill in the land of post-Cold War spydom. (PR)

See our post on the film The Constant Gardener with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré.

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The Wolfman – Starring Benicio del Toro & Anthony Hopkins

Posted by the editors on Friday, 20 January 2012

The Wolfman (2010) Directed by Joe Johnston (Jumanji (1995), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)), starring  Benicio del Toro (21 Grams (2003), Che (2008))Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Remains of the Day (1993), Meet Joe Black (1998))Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Adjustment Bureau (2011)) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix (1999), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)), with Geraldine Chaplin.  In this remake of the 1941 Lon Chaney classic The Wolfman, Benicio del Toro, all gloomy sorrow, portrays an actor, who, when investigating his brother’s brutal death, is bitten by a dreadful beast, a werewolf, of course, who has been marauding around the wonderfully gothic dark and foggy moors.  In his turn, naturally enough, del Toro himself becomes a werewolf and rampages through the countryside, and London, wreaking havoc.  Anthony Hopkins, portraying del Toro’s father, is coldly malevolent and himself a werewolf as well.  The make-up, as one might expect, plays a crucial role, and in fact won the Academy Award for Best Makeup, though some may prefer the more snout-y appearance of the werewolf in the film An American Werewolf in London directed by John Landis, which also won an Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup.  Benicio del Toro, does make a rather good wolfman, though, frankly, his portrayal of the famous stage actor, in a production of Hamlet, no less, is honestly cringe-worthy, and his accent throughout the film is shaky at best.  Nevertheless, The Wolfman will most likely please those who enjoy gothic horror. (PR)

See our posts on the films Traffic and The Pledge, both with Benicio del Toro.

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The American – Starring George Clooney

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 7 January 2012

The American (2010) Directed by Anton Corbijn, starring George Clooney.  In this masterful, deliberate, precise and calculatedly slow suspense thriller, George Clooney portrays a man of few words, of unknown background but a life colored by violence and isolation: a ronin, or masterless samurai, or lone gun-slinger, in the mold of Alan Ladd or Clint Eastwood.  Clooney is excellent, as Mr. Butterfly, otherwise known as, depending on where and to whom, Edward or Jack, the butterfly his totem, with a deep, almost silent appreciation of nature, scenes of natural beauty at a snow-bound lake in Sweden, at an edenic creek in the mountainous italian countryside, and the impeccable directing and cinematography by Anton Corbijn is of an outstanding unity with Clooney’s Mr. Butterfly, a reflection of the man.  The American could almost be called art-house cinema, with a clear link to Japanese, perhaps French, and Italian, especially Sergio Leone, films.  The tension is palpable, and meticulously constructed, and though the premise of an isolated man wishing to regain the human touch he so long ago lost is not a new idea, The American, with the excellent acting and undeniable charisma of Clooney, and the careful, almost immaculate directing by Corbijn, is a must-see. (PR) (Note: there is violence, and nudity.)

See our posts on the films Solaris and Syriana starring George Clooney.

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