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Valkyrie, Inglourious Basterds, Murakami

Posted on Sunday August 23, 2009 at 7:29pm in ,

Two Nazi movies today. I didn’t plan to watch the two together, it just kinda happened that way. Recently, my computer monitor completely stopped working, not receiving any power. While waiting for the new one to arrive, I can’t watch any movies stored on my computer, so I decided to take a trip to the video store. I saw Valkyrie and picked it up since it was buy one – get one. I also got the first Resident Evil. First, Valkyrie:

Tom Cruise stars as a Nazi captain in World War II who is involved in an scheme to kill Hitler. Surprisingly there was not much of Hitler or even much about Hitler in the movie. While the entire movie was mainly focused on Tom Cruise, it was very interesting to watch. Overall, it was a pretty exciting movie, especially the Hitler assassination attempt. I really recommend Valkyrie. I think it does the brave men of Operation Valkyrie justice. Fun fact, there was another movie also released in 2008 called “Operation: Valkyrie” about the exact same thing, but no one knew about it because Tom Cruise wasn’t in that one.

Next, I went to see Inglourious Basterds with Mike, Bryan and Chris on opening night. We got there pretty early because we were sure it was going to be packed. We wandered around the mall, Bryan tried to get into helicopters…

But, eventually it was time to go to the theatre. Because we were early we got great seats and didn’t have to sit in the first row like we usually do. We thought ahead this time.

Quentin Tarantino’s first movie since Kill Bill and probably his best since Pulp Fiction. It certainly had a Pulp Fiction-ness to it, and was definitely showed Tarantino’s talents. Brad Pitt did an amazing job as one of the lead characters, playing an American from Tennessee who loved “killin’ nat-zis.” One of my favorite scenes involves Brad Pitt being forced to pretend to know Italian, which he claims he speaks. Hearing him say “Bonjourno” was pretty hilarious. Speaking of which, this movie had a great blend of humor and suspense, as well as action (although this is by no means an “action movie”).

Dialogue, typical of a Tarantino film, is brilliant and engaging. Many songs that he used in Kill Bill he reused in this film, which I didn’t care for. I would rather he pick all new sounds for his all new movie which isn’t related to Kill Bill.

This movie has a long run-time, but it passes pretty quickly. If you have enjoyed any of Tarantino’s past works, I recommend this film. If you haven’t seen any of Tarantino’s films, watch the trailer first and decide if it’s something you’d want to see. All in all, an interesting take on World War II. It is gloUrious!

Resident Evil was good. Nothing to say, no recommendation here. It was entertaining enough for a boring evening, but that’s about it.

Now, a small change of gears.

When I was in Japan, I bought several books. Many of which I read in Japan, but I still have a few that I haven’t gotten to yet. One that I recently finished is by Haruki Murakami, a very famous Japanese writer. He is Japan’s version of Stephen King: everyone knows him (he doesn’t write much horror, however).

The book I just finished is called: Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

I liked it a lot. It is unlike a book I have ever read. None of the characters in the book have names and the story constantly switches between two parallel stories each chapter. The writing style is very unique (although it is a translation from the original Japanese) and very interesting. The events are incredibly bizarre, along with the characters, but it all seems so normal when you read it. This is now one of my favorite books. If you like reading, I recommend this highly!!

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