On the recommendation of a friend, I went to see “The Hurt Locker”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887912/, about a three-man bomb squad in Iraq. My friend said the movie had been called the most realistic Iraq War film made thus far. And I believe her. Intimately shot on a hand-held Super 16mm camera, the film is so tense, so naturally acted and written, I forgot I was watching a movie and spent the full two hours barely breathing. The movie isn’t easy to watch, but it is worth it. See it and then read the “cover piece”:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/us/02suicide.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=suicide&st=cse in last weekend’s Sunday Times about suicide rates among Iraq war vets.
Bio: Katherine Dykstra is the nonfiction editor at Guernica. Her interview with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, “Cracked, Not Shattered”:http://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/705/cracked_not_shattered/, appeared in Guernica’s August 2008 issue. Read her last recommendation “here”:http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1165/staff_pick_katherine_dykstra_2/.