The Question, Henri Alleg. More bravery in a month than I’ll muster in my life.
Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright. Documentary about contemporary English culture.
The Namesake, Mira Nair. Hackneyed narrative transposed onto inscrutable culture attempts to pass as original.
Strategic Air Command, Anthony Mann. Weird one from the great Mann. Made just two years before the Beckettesque desolation of Men in War, this film’s a hymn to the constant nuclear vigilance of the SAC. Some of Mann’s usual darkness definitely creeps in around the edges, but on the whole it’s pretty sleepy.
Operation Crossbow, Michael Anderson. I heart cable WWII flick. George Peppard infiltrates buzz bomb factory. Double crossing and Sophia Loren.
The Thin Man, W. S. Van Dyke. A marriage to aspire to. Makes your liver hurt just to watch.
White Heat, Brenda Wineapple. Delightful account of the correspondence between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. My review is here.
Bush’s War. Brilliant, comprehensive documentary from Frontline covering the Bush administration’s machinations from 9/11 to now. Watch it online. Costs only your time and your lunch, which you’ll lose.