Images -- political and otherwise -- often have only the most tenuous relationship with reality. As it happened, that idea was a significant factor in several of the films I saw at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.
I've certainly seen quite a few adaptations of Sherlock Holmes. So I feel as prepared as anyone who is not a member of the Baker Street Irregulars to tackle the wave of Holmesiana that has arrived on DVD.
There was no better action film this year than Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker. By far the best Iraq war movie to date, it follows an elite team of soldiers whose sole job is to diffuse IED's on the streets of Baghdad.
Directed by Jason Reitman, Up in the Air puts Reitman at three for three, in terms of movies that manage to be both smart and wickedly witty. This film could easily put a second Oscar on George Clooney's mantle.