Posted on August 14, 2009 by roberthorton
Reviews I wrote for the Herald this week.
Miyazaki meets Chagall
District 9. “The snap of originality.”
Ponyo. “A groove of pure enjoyment.”
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. “Tries to have it both ways.”
Thirst. “It moves like a drugged animal.”
Adam. “The ‘Rain Man’ approach.”
Not Quite Hollywood. “The view is hilarious.”
And: Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, I will introduce the local premiere of The Music of Regret, a 40-minute film by artist Laurie Simmons, featuring Meryl Streep. Info here.
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Posted on August 6, 2009 by roberthorton
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009). Does anybody else make movies like this? Would anybody else get away with making movies like this? One thing about Tarantino: for a guy who loves movie conventions as much as he does, he sure spends a lot of time short-circuiting those conventions when he gets his hands on something. (full review 8/21)
District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, 2009). Large outer-space shrimp herded into camps in Johannesburg, and a hero who’s more nerd than stud. How can this miss with the core audience? (full review 8/14)
Thirst (Park Chan-wook, 2009). An original take on the vampire movie, as expected. Now if everything in this movie had been like the final ten minutes…. (full review 8/14)
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