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The Game

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 25 September 2011

The Game (1997)(DVD) Directed by David Fincher (Alien 3 (1992), Seven (1995), Fight Club (1999), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)!), starring Michael Douglas (Traffic (2000), King of California (2007), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Haywire (2012, in post-production, and, of course, Wall Street (1987) and many others)Sean Penn (Mystic River (2003), Milk (2008), and many others)Deborah Kara Unger (Crash (1996), White Noise (2005), 88 Minutes (2008) and others.  The Game, called a “neo-noir psychological thriller film”, was directed by Fincher immediately following his excellent film Seven (starring Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Morgan Freeman) and is, in fact, a twisty, thrilling, visually rich ride.  Michael Douglas is just perfect, and, as Roger Ebert has said, ” He can play smart, he can play cold, and he can play angry. He is also subtle enough that he never arrives at an emotional plateau before the film does, and never overplays the process of his inner change”.  Entertaining and edgy. (PR)

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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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