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
Bidsand Responses, along with the most detailed, 12-page
Glossary ever published, as well as examples to make learning the game
even easier. Click book to order.
by Tony Medley
Runtime 95 minutes.
Not for children.
This is an ensemble cast multi-storyline drama with
a time-trick structure in the style of “Babel”
(2006) and “Crash” (2004). It takes a shocking incident, murders at a
diner, and interweaves five separate story lines therefrom, analyzing
how the incident affects the people who survived. Tightly directed by
Rowan Woods from a script by Roy Freirich, based on his novel, “Winged
Creatures,” it was shot in 26 days, despite more than 240 scenes and
over 50 locations, a scenario that seems impossible. But this is a movie
that depends on post production. It is extremely well-edited by Meg
Even though I was expecting the murders, the first
shot made me jump, as did all the subsequent shots. The shots sound
unlike any other shots I’ve ever heard in a movie. They are loud, but
they have a finality to them that is frightening.
The cast is sensational. Kate Beckinsale plays
Carla, the waitress with an infant child. Originally sympathetic, she
becomes a more nuanced character as the film progresses. Guy Pearce is
the emergency room doctor (Dr. Bruce Laraby) whose wife, Joan (Embeth
Davidtz), suffers from migraines (believe me, that’s relevant!).
Then there’s Charlie Archenault (Forest Whitaker),
who has been diagnosed with cancer (apparently prostate) and wants to
get some money for his daughter, Kathy (Jennifer Hudson) by gambling at
the Morongo Casino. Anne Hagen (Dakota Fanning) is an über-religious
daughter of Doris Hagen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) whose father was killed
while she held his hand hiding under the table. With her under the table
is Jimmy Jasperson (Josh Hutcherson) who becomes verbally catatonic
after the incident. Anne exerts mystifying influence over Jimmy, whose
parents, Bob (Jackie Earle Haley) and
(Robin Weigert), are dysfunctional, which doesn’t help Jimmy much.
A tense drama, it is an old-fashioned, no-nonsense
film with no special effects that relies on acting and script. I was
never aware of time passing.