Perfect Son and the World (This Week’s Movies)


Son of Saul: Geza Rohrig

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly.

Son of Saul. “In its own claustrophobic way, as astonishing as the big-as-all-outdoors spectacle The Revenant.” (In case of Herald paywall, Seattle Weekly link here.)

A Perfect Day. “The execution gets muffed.”

The Lady in the Van. “Something bland about it all.”

The Boy and the World. “Like having the lyrics to ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ come to life for 80 minutes.”

Finest Hitchcock Years (This Week’s Movies)


Charlotte Rampling: 45 Years

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

45 Years. “My favorite film of 2015 has an undercurrent of the fairy tale about it.” (In case of Herald paywall, Weekly link here.)

The Finest Hours. “Both a digital-heavy 21st-century effects picture and an old-fashioned Hollywood flick.”

Hitchcock/Truffaut. “Before there was the internet or home video, film books played an important role in a movie fan’s life.”

Movie Diary 1/27/2016

Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur, 1958). Casting the runes with Dana Andrews in England, in Tourneur’s atmospheric horror film. Lots of good stuff, especially whenever Niall MacGinnis’s pointy-bearded spell-casting weirdo is around. The kids’ party with the windstorm is a real piece of British creepiness.

Movie Diary 1/26/2016

The Treasure (Corneliu Porumboiu, 2015). Two Bucharest neighbors latch on to a far-fetched scheme to dig up something that might or might not be valuable and might or might not be there. The director of Police, Adjective and other Romanian gems has another fine, understated title here. (full review 2/12)

Movie Diary 1/25/2016

Rams (Grímur Hákonarson, 2015). Icelandic cinema, but without the humor, except for a very furtive kind. Two brothers, feuding for decades, have their herds of sheep struck by a virus. You will see a slice of life you probably never knew existed. (full review 2/19)

Rolling Papers (Mitch Dickman, 2015). A documentary looking at Colorado’s legal pot, but also how the Denver Post covers the issue. The latter angle gives the subject a new perspective, which is all to the good. There are also lots of close-ups of bud. (full review 2/26)

Ip Lamb World (This Week’s Movies)


Donnie Yen, Ip Man 3

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

Ip Man 3. “Wherever in the world it plays, it will play like gangbusters.” (In case of Herald paywall, Seattle Weekly link here.)

Lamb. “Intentions get waylaid by the sheer weirdness of the situation.”

The World of Kanako. “The battering-ram violence is relentless.”

For Film Comment, I wrote about Radu Jude’s Aferim!, a remarkable Romanian “Western” in widescreen black-and-white. It’s posted here.

Steve Scher and I have another Overlook Podcast up and running; this one looks at Ip Man 3 and eagerly anticipates the new blu-ray of Wim Wenders’ The American Friend, among other things. Listen here.

Movie Diary 1/20/2016

The Finest Hours (Craig Gillespie, 2016). A real-life Coast Guard rescue, and a film that looks like it might have been made in 1952. That’s not a bad thing.  (full review 1/29)

Boy and the World (Alê Abreu, 2013). One of this year’s nominees in the best animated feature category. It’s from Brazil, has an environmental message, and is full of lovely hand-drawn doodles and such. I will mention here that in the state where I live, marijuana is legal, which is something to keep in mind before you go see this. (full review 2/5)


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