The first edition of Complete Idiot's Guide to Bridge
by H. Anthony Medley was the fastest
selling beginning bridge book, going through more than 10 printings.
Second Edition includes some modern advanced bidding systems and
conventions, like Two over One, a system used by many modern
tournament players, Roman Key Card Blackwood, New Minor
Forcing, Reverse Drury, Forcing No Trump, and others.
Also included is a detailed Guide to
Bids and Responses, along with the most detailed, 12-page
Glossary ever published, as well as examples to make learning the game
Gone Baby Gone (9/10)
by Tony Medley
After bouncing around
Hollywood for the better part of two decades giving less than mediocre
performances in horrible films (Daredevil 2003, Pearl Harbor
2001, and Smokin’ Aces 2006, to name just a few off the top
of my head), director-co-writer (with Aaron Stockard) Ben Affleck has
finally found his niche.
This is a dark, hard
bitten, profane thriller. It is based on a novel by Dennis Lehane about
a kidnapped little girl, the police, and the protagonist, Patrick Kenzie
(Casey Affleck), who tries to solve the Byzantine puzzle.
Little Amanda McCready
disappears from her bedroom after her mother, Helene (Amy Ryan), goes
out for awhile, leaving Amanda alone. Helene’s brother, Lionel McCready
(Titus Welliver) and sister-in-law, Beatrice (Amy Madigan), ask Patrick
and his girlfriend, Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan), who specialize in
finding missing children, to help the police. They are reluctant,
especially Angie, but agree. After a confrontational meeting with police
chief Jack Doyle (Morgan Freeman), they meet with the two detectives
assigned to the case, Remy Bressant (Ed Harris) and Nick Poole (John
Ashton), who are less than thrilled to have Patrick and Angie involved.
What follows is tangled web
through which Patrick must traverse to arrive at the truth. This is
basically a story of people making decisions and being able to tell
right from wrong, and, more to the point, being able to make the right
decision when confronted with an alternate decision that is clearly not
right, but might seem right. Some are better at it than others. There
are lots of confrontations and abundant profane language, much of it
from Helene, although Patrick has to meet lots of scum that live in the
slummy neighborhood. Nobody’s very nice.
Ben gets terrific
performances out of everyone. His sense of timing is superb. Despite a
running time of five minutes under two hours, there is never a sense
that time is dragging. Any thriller like this is dependent on many
things. The music has to put the audience in the mood, and the original
music of Harry Gregson-Williams sets and maintains the mood. The
ambience of the Boston locations and the darkness of the film are
evocatively captured through the cinematography of John Toll. Finally, a
film like this is made or broken by the editing. William Goldenberg’s
editing is Oscar®-quality.
This is one of the better
films of the year.
October 21, 2007