Links to reviews I wrote for the Herald this week, and etc.
The Amazing Spider-Man. “The kickiness, the oddness, of Raimi’s trilogy has been smoothed over, as though everybody woke up to the thought that a billion-dollar franchise needs to be more professional and less quirky.”
To Rome, with Love. “The soft touch of a master.”
Savages. “A tabloid journalist of a filmmaker.”
El Velador. “There may be a lot of new gravesites, but they are part of an ancient ritual.”
No KUOW this week, because of the July 4th holiday.
At What a Feeling!, the week of 1980s movies concludes with a review of Bill Forsyth’s Comfort and Joy, a lovely film by one of those people who fall into the Greatest Directors Who Only Made a Handful of Movies category.
And Film Comment Online has posted a transcript of Andrew Sarris’s appearance at the Seattle Filmhouse in 1987, which I typed out many, many years ago and never quite got around to publishing. Find a comfortable seat and check it out: part one is here, part two here. There’s also a memory of that visit, here.