Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You...


We've been noticing a proliferation of Holocaust movies lately. I'm thinking it's time of year--the serious epic films always come out in time for Oscar season. All of them look pretty interesting, so I thought it might be a good time to take a look.
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which comes out November 14, tells the story of eight year old Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant, and Shmuel, a concentration camp prisoner.The film is based on the novel of the same name, written by John Boyne, which sold over 3 million copies world-wide. Reviews haven't quite come out yet on this side of the pond, but the British press has proclaimed it "incredible", "powerful", and predicted that "it will emerge as one of the best films of 2008." I guess we'll have a chance to weigh in come November.
Based on the true story of the Bielski family partisan group, Defiance follows three brothers who take refuge during the Holocaust in the woods they have known since childhood. As whispers of their daring actions spread, they begin to attract men and women to the hidden forest compound, helping to keep faith alive when all humanity appears to be lost. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell star. The film will be released in theaters December 12, but if you want to see it early, you can come to a members-only screening at the Museum on Sunday, November 23 at 1 p.m. "But Jamie! How can I come to the members-only screening? I'm not a member!" You can become a member! Just contact my good friend Joe over in Membership! It's definitely a great investment--there are lots of exclusive events, previews, and benefits that you can take advantage of as an MJH member.
Inglorious Bastards, by Quentin Tarantino is not coming out until June 2009, but I thought it worthy of mentioning since it already has a lot of buzz around it (due in no small part to the fact that Brad Pitt's involvement in the film moved the entire Pitt-Jolie famille and half the world's paparazzi population to Europe). Inglorious Bastards follows a group of Jewish-American soldiers chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. Brutal killings? In a Tarantino movie? Get outta town! (Okay, not so surprising, but casting Mike Meyers and The Office's B.J. Novak in a WWII film did certainly raise my eyebrow.)
So-- something to do over the next few months!
The blog will be back on Friday. The Museum and its offices are closed tomorrow in observance of Yom Kippur.

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