I’m reading The Dark Valley by Piers Brendon. It’s broad, it’s sweeping, it has little anecdotes, it has detail. I love it.
I got hold of a huge collection of WWII documents – the keyword is KM99. I don’t know what it means, but hearing Hitler shout “YES! WE ARE INTOLERANT!!” has a certain creepy appeal.
I’ve also finished reading Fingersmith by Sarah Waters which had some excellent plot twists. I liked it. The lesbian element was not as strong as my curiosity would have liked. I wonder whether it is just me or whether there is more tolerance, acceptance, or even a sort of curiosity regarding lesbians that gays do not partake in.
I’ve also seen Transformers (2007). The entire movie could be summed up in 20 seconds of material. Not recommended!! The only funny part was the scene with the soldier trying to reach the Pentagon by phone and getting an operator who tries to sell some premium gold something membership to the poor guy who’s being shot at by aliens. That’s globalized services and capitalism for you, soldier! Those ten seconds are not worth the three hours of simple minded boom bang bonk, however.
I’ve also seen My Blueberry Nights (2007). I love Wong Kar Wai. The movie was typical: Great cinematography by Darius Khondji – and not Christopher Doyle as would have thought. I wonder whether there’s a story in that. Two more or less disconnected love stories. Unhappy endings. In this case the framing story has a happy end, which is new. I think I like his earlier movies better, but still recommended.
I’m looking forward to Love and Honor (2006). The third movie in the series starting with the amazing Twilight Samurai (2002) and continued with the amazing Hidden Blade (2004). All three by Yôji Yamada. The older two are definitely recommend. I haven’t seen the third one, yet.