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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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The Perfect Storm

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 23 March 2011

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The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

The Perfect Storm (1997) (novel) by Sebastian Junger.  The Perfect Storm is an adventure/disaster novel, based on what is known of the loss at sea of the commercial fishing boat the Andrea Gail in the severe 1991 winter storm, known as “The Perfect Storm” , which struck the northeast coast of North America.  We’ve chosen to call it a novel due to the fact that, though it is based on real events, there is a very significant amount of supposition on the part of the author with regard to details of those events, the people who lived through them, and those who did not survive the events in question.

The novel offers, nevertheless, an interesting, rather intimate, look at the life, and the enormous risks taken by, professional commercial fishermen and women, and the men and women of a number of sea-rescue services, towards all of whom one feels a great deal of respect, and wonder, after having read this really quite harrowing tale.

The film, The Perfect Storm (2000) directed by Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot (1981), Troy (2004))and starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and others was based on the novel by Junger. Junger also co-directed, with Tim Hetherington, the award-winning 2010 documentary film Restrepo, on the war in Afganistan.  (PR)

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