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Inglourious Basterds

Posted by the editors on Monday, 5 September 2011

Inglourious Basterds, directed by Quentin Tarantino, theatrical release poster

Inglourious Basterds (2009)(DVD) Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs  (1992)Pulp Fiction (1993), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill (Vol. I & II) (2003, 2004)) ; starring Brad Pitt (A River Runs Through It (1992), Seven (1995) Snatch (2000), Babel (2006) and many more), Christoph Waltz (The Green Hornet (2011)), Diane Kruger (Troy (2004), Goodbye Bafana (2007), Unknown (2011)) and others.   Tarantino has said, it’s my “bunch-of-guys-on-a-mission film. [It’s] my Dirty Dozen or Where Eagles Dare or Guns of Navarone kind of thing”,  and, quite rightly, it is, indeed.  Brad Pitt is, as usual, quite good, and Christoph Waltz, simply award-winning (Best Leading Actor, at Cannes,and BAFTAGolden GlobeScreen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2009); Diane Kruger is just fine in the role of Bridget von Hammersmark.  Brutal, violent, funny and fantastical, Inglourious Basterds, may best be described as Anne Thompson of Variety did: “Inglourious Basterds is great fun to watch, but the movie isn’t entirely engaging… You don’t jump into the world of the film in a participatory way; you watch it from a distance, appreciating the references and the masterful mise en scène.” (PR)

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Closer

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 3 March 2011

Theatrical release poster

Closer, (2004), (DVD), directed by Mike Nichols starring Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman (1990), Erin Brockovich (2000), Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve (2001, 2004), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Eat Pray Love (2010) and others), Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), My Blueberry Nights (2007)), Natalie Portman (My Blueberry Nights (2007), Black Swan (2010, for which Portman won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the BAFTA Award for her lead performance), Clive Owen (The Bourne Identity (2002), Children of Men (2006), The Killer Elite (2011, an upcoming action film with Jason Statham and Robert De Niro)).  In this romantic drama loosely based on Mozart’s opera Cosi fan tutte, Mike Nichols (The Graduate (1967), Carnal Knowledge (1971), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), and others) has assembled an articulate group of attractive actors with the end result being, as Kenneth Turran of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “a bunch of sad strangers photographed beautifully”.  Nevertheless, for their performances in Closer, Clive Owen did win both a BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Natalie Portman, a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.  (PR)

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