Friday, September 28, 2007
I highly recommend In the Valley of Elah with Tommy Lee Jones and Eastern Promises with with Viggo Mortensen. I don't have doubt that the the two actors will be nominated for Oscars. David Denby's review of "In the Valley of Elah" in the New Yorker makes some good points. I'll add that this is the most powerful account of the Iraq War’s devastating impact on this country and the way it forces a genuine American patriot into a hellish introduction into the Reality Based Community. "Eastern Promised" (read review in the Rolling Stones) is an entertaining thriller that uses as a backdrop of gloomy London, the Russian Mafia, sex trafficking, drugs the preparation of Borscht soup. These are two truly contemporary films. They wouldn't have been made in the twentieth century.