Links to reviews I wrote this week for the Herald, and etc.
Frankenweenie. “Big monster apocalypse.”
Taken 2. “Besson always has an ingenious idea or two stashed away in his bank of movie concepts.”
Butter. “An innate gift for shaping dairy products into art.”
The Oranges. “No real bite and no special perspective.”
On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about how kids will be freaked out by Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, and folks share their early experiences being scared. The talk is archived here; the movie section commences at the 21:55 mark.
Film Comment posted some old New York Film Festival wrap-ups, including the one I contributed in 1994, the year Pulp Fiction led things off. I later came to love Chungking Express and felt even more strongly about Cold Water than I do here, so there.
I believe I’m popping up today on KCPQ’s (that’s Channel 13 in Seattle) 4 o’clock news hour, to briefly tick off the weekend’s openings. That’s around 4:40 or so.
At What a Feeling!, the week of Eighties movies is rounded off with a review of Back to School, the high-water mark of Rodney Dangerfield’s leading-man career.