Matthew Rolston has taken close-up portraits, startlingly realistic
headshots, of some 200 figures — colloquially known as dummies — at Fort
Mitchell, Ky.’s Vent Haven ventriloquism museum. The results are in a
new book, Talking Heads, to be published next month by Pointed Leaf Press.
Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace now feel like
warm-ups for newbie Bond star Daniel Craig, pacing laps before the
full-on marathon. If you buy this analogy, then Skyfall must be
seen as the race of Craig’s life, the one where he, in those final tough
miles, breaks free of the pack with cool confidence and a steady hand
at the helm (Road to Perdition director Sam Mendes).
Director Edward Zwick tells the true story of the Bielski brothers (Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber), who escaped the Holocaust by forming a Jewish partisan force, a displaced community that included civilian refugees, in the woods in what now is Belarus. They not only survived but also proved effective fighters against both the invading Nazis and their local collaborators. Grade: B-.