The picks of the week from around the web.

  • David Bordwell on Inglourious Basterds. A great piece on one of the year’s (surprisingly) great movies. Read it. Also, check out Jim Emerson’s somewhat rambling, but thoughtful comments and the interesting debate that follows them.
  • Michael Dooley on Harvey Kurtzman. Good essay introducing the master satirist/cartoonist, which makes a number of interesting points that I hadn’t encountered before, including one about Kurtzman’s aspirations to direct film.
  • Blagojevich on The Daily Show (part 1, part 2, part 3). Stewart somehow managed to rope in Blago, who evidently believes firmly in his own innocence. There’s something troubling — almost touching — about how unhinged he comes off. Fascinating TV.
  • (…in the entertainment department, however, it doesn’t hold a candle to Gaddafi at the UN)