The Economist Reviews “Inglourious Basterds”

The Economist rarely does movie reviews. Self should know:  she’s been a subscriber for over a decade now.  In all that time, self can remember reading only a handful: a review of “Vacancy” (!!!), the slasher movie with Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wlson; the re-make of “The Poseidon Adventure,” with Josh Lucas. (These are rather eccentric choices, even self has to admit).

But, in the past month, they’ve reviewed two movies: “District 9” and “Inglourious Basterds.” (Article on the latter has an accompanying photo of Christoph Waltz as the murderous Hans Landa — and, can self say this now? She has developed tremendous crush on Christoph! That’s how good his portrayal was! And self just heard that, after Nic Cage walked away from playing the villain in upcoming “The Green Hornet,” in which Seth Rogen plays the Hornet — aaargh!! — the part was offered to our man Christoph. Good. Now self has an excuse to watch it)

Here’s the first paragraph of the review, “Making the Unfunny Funny: But better if you don’t see this as a film about the Holocaust”

It was bold of Quentin Tarantino and his producer, Harvey Weinstein, to pre-screen their brutal, wisecracking, revisionist war film at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. In “Inglourious Basterds” the Jews have the last laugh on Hitler — but so bloodthirstily that one might wonder whether the director is trying to say that anyone who enjoys seeing Nazis die horribly en masse is morally no better than they were.

(Excuse me, dear anonymous Economist movie reviewer, nothing is too horrible for those Nazi butchers! Not even, as self read thrillingly from a New York Times article on Tuesday, not even poisoning by arsenic, as was done to about 2,000 Nazi war criminals awaiting trial!)

It’s one of self’s favorite movies (so far) of 2009, dear blog readers. (The other two being “The Hurt Locker” and “Star Trek.” OK, maybe self will throw in “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” because no other movie in recent memory has made self cry such copious buckets!)

New Blog From Women’s Review of Books!

Dear Blog Readers,

Amy Hoffman, editor of esteemed Women’s Review of Books, sent me this message yesterday and I was so very excited and happy to get the news. Here’s her letter:

September 16, 2009

I’m writing to introduce you to WRB’s new blog!

Each week, WOMEN=BOOKS will feature a new post by a WRB reviewer or book author. Visitors to the blog can comment, building a network for intelligent debate about everything from women in the military to abortion rights to childcare to sex trafficking. Blog comments are refereed, making the site a safe place for the discussion of controversial topics.

Women’s Review of Books has always been about jumping barriers: between feminist academics and political organizers, theory and practice. WOMEN=BOOKS is extending the range of WRB’s print edition, expanding its audience and deepening the conversation about ideas, politics, and women’s lives.

Here’s the link: WOMEN=BOOKS

CSI NY: Fifth Season Begins Next Week

So, self is settled on the couch with a dish of warmed up apple pie and a glass of milk. It is 10:15 p.m. in California. Self had a somewhat stressful day and ended up venting to aunt about her latest conversation with Dearest Mum. But, pshaw! Self doesn’t want to get into all of that now, not when she’s watching CSI NY, self’s Read the rest of this entry »

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