2009 #4

I’m a bit late with this weekly photo, I know, its pretty much time for number 5. But its been a busy week so far. Who else is slightly surprised that January is over already? This photo was just me messing about, seeing what I could get without really looking. Shooting from the hip and […]

Gran Torino

This is an odd film. Hard to write about because there are so many different ways to take it. On the one hand it is about a racist old man who despite himself becomes involved in the lives of a Hmong family. It is about the generation gap between a working class father and his middle class children and grandchildren. It is about white flight. It could be about gangs and how hard it is to not get caught up in them. It could be about how violence begets violence. Or how life never goes smooth. Or maybe that the past never really goes away.

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The Reader [based on the book by]

based on book, Der Vorleser.
In Germany, 1958, Michael Berg is feeling unwell. He wanders through the streets for a while before almost collapsing in the entrance to an apartment block. He vomits. A passing woman helps him out. She cleans up after him and helps get him home. It turns out that he has scarlet fever and remains bed-ridden for a number of months. Once he feels better he returns to thank the woman, and ends up having an affair with her.

The film is told in flashbacks. And in 1966 we meet up with Michael Berg again. He is attending law school and as part of his course he attends the trial of a group of Nazi guards who are accused of letting 300 women die in a fire. One of those on trial is Hanna Schmitz, the woman he had the affair with.

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We all fall down

The first cold of 2009 has struck. And so soon after the last one of 2008! Life just isn’t fair. Hopefully it won’t turn out to be the flu, cause that’d suck. Majorly. At the moment it feels like there is a slimy slug living in the back of my nose. Yeah, that is a […]

Ilario: the lion’s eye

Image of IlarioISBN: 9780575080416 ; Delicious links

We are so often a disappointment to the parents who abandon us.

This is a return to the world of Mary Gentle’s alternate world of mercenary captain Ash[1] although this book is set in a different part of the world and 50 years earlier, there is no need to have read one to read the other. I’m a big fan of Ash, and this is very similar in feel, although it doesn’t have the alternate narrators or indeed the flashing between the past and the present. But the idea of a central character who doesn’t fit in their society, who is trying to be themselves even if they don’t really know who they are.

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Linknotes:

  1. which I may now reread…