Reviews I wrote this week for the Herald:
Cedar Rapids. “A pretty wonderful movie.”
Unknown. “Increasingly incredible as it goes along.”
I Am Number Four. “His number is, as they say, up.”
The Housemaid. “Classic situation of lust and caution.”
Barney’s Version. “Giamatti stamps and snorts his way across this movie’s otherwise bland surface.”
Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie. “Good vibrations are the main export.”
And an interview with Cedar Rapids director Miguel Arteta.
On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about recent movie comedies (Cedar Rapids in particular), and how a new generation of comedy stars is always showing up to take over. It’s archived here; the movie bit kicks in at the 14-minute point.
More 1980s review up at my other website, What a Feeling!: a double review of B-movies from ’86, Born American and Bullies; plus Satisfaction, a Justine Bateman starring vehicle that worked out well for a couple of supporting players.
At the Frye Art Museum on Sunday, I’ll be introducing a free showing of R.W. Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, at 2 p.m. More info here.
And in Rotten news, you can pre-order the “Lost Diary of John J. Flynn, U.S. Agent,” a volume kept by one of the men whose unfortunate exploits are chronicled in Rotten: here. No one can explain why the diary was suppressed for over one hundred years….