The bustle of Ouahigouya had gone. Even the hurrying soldiers had disappeared. The shops, so busy so recently, were shuttered, the marché vacant. No youths peddled cigarettes on the wide, empty streets or lounged in the doorways, no women sold soap from hand-made stands in front of family compounds. No children peeped out from entranceways. … Continue reading Turning Back, Turning Point: Fiction
That title, adapted from a Raymond Carver short story, should be the question at the heart of all discussions of Quentin Tarantino’s new Inglourious Basterds. The movie sits at the intersections of film and our world, history and fantasy, and reality and myth. Yeah, it has unpleasant aspects (what Tarantino film does not), but that, … Continue reading What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Film?
During Iraq, we’ve been denied the war at home. We’re kept from the flag-draped caskets, given tax cuts, and told to go shopping. But war cannot be divorced from the fabric of life. Cannot be, never was, never will be. Still, they try, keeping the magic mask from The Fantastics.Perhaps it is not just war … Continue reading "War Thoughts at Home"