Posts Tagged ‘war’

Inglorious Basterds

September 7, 2009

Best film this year? Best film ever? Definitely Tarantino’s best ever so far!

When I saw the trailer for Inglorious Basterds, I thought, another World War II film. Aren’t there enough. Why would Quentin Tarantino do one as well?

Putting Tarantino and Brad Pitt together it makes it a must-see film. And good it was. Maybe there will never be enough World War II films. There were so many countries involved, so many stories to be told and different angles. But then fiction can be added to it too.

Inglorious Basterds, a full-on film from beginning to end. From the opening scene where a Frenchman, against his will is forced to admit hiding Jews in his house to a Nazi officer to where the Basterds’ leader leaves a mark on the same Nazi officer.

In the Nazi occupied France, Shoshanna, the Jewish girl that got away later meets up with the man who killed her family. She lives in disguise as a French cinema owner inherited by her aunt. She gets the chance to get even when her small theatre hosts the premiere of a German war film to be attended by the highest officers and Hitler himself.

The Basterds also plan their invasion of the premiere as it is their chance to end the war. The American soldiers came with a mission, to kill and hand over 100 Nazi scalps each, in Tarantino goriness style.

Perfect timing is what made this film a greater one. As well as the camera angles, skilled actors, sound effects, clever and sometimes humorous dialogue and the book chapters it was divided into giving spectators a breather.

As for all films there’s a message. For that I recommend reading Mark Blankenship’s thoughts on Inglorious Basterds who makes a valid point. Click here for his review.

INFERNO

May 24, 2009

Inferno by Patricia Melo. About a boy, Kingie, in Rio living in a favela who aspires to work for Miltão, who runs the drug traffic in Berimbau.

If you enjoyed City of God you should read this book. It’s a different story, more intense, and sadly it’s based on the reality of living in the favela where there’s an ongoing civil war where more people are getting killed than in the Iraqi war. I was so caught up by the story that I’ve taken a break from reading it. I’m hoping for a good ending but I’m not expecting it.

Kingie, who lives with his mother and sister, has no interest in going to school, instead he starts working for Miltão as a lookout boy. When his mum, who work as a maid for an upper-class family, finds out she demands Miltão to stay out of her boy’s life so he can go back to school. That’s when Kingie faces drug addiction at the age of 11, doing whatever it takes to get his next fix.

The book also follows the lives of the people around Kingie. Carolaine, his sister who gets pregnant before turning 15. Alzira, his mother. Dona Juliana, his mother’s boss who’s having an affair. Beautiful Suzana, his neighbour and Miltão’s girlfriend. Fake, Reader, Kelly, Walmir, Onofre, Rosa Maria.

It’s a story about hope, survival, love, loyalty and misery. It’s an inside story, so captivating and it already feels like the best book I’ve read so far in my young life.

It’s the kind of book that probably has an impact on the way people think and possibly change attitudes.