No Strings Men (Weekly Links)

No Strings Attached: find the string in this shot

Movies I reviewed for the Herald this week, and more.

No Strings Attached. “Grounded by its two stars, who are effortless in taking charge of their territory.”

The Company Men. “The times we live in. Etc., etc.”

Undertow. “Having a secret lover gets very complicated, in life and in death.”

Enemies of the People. “Irrefutable evidence of the domino effect of evil.”

Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance. “Piloting a giant robot in order to save mankind.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talked with Steve Scher about the upcoming Oscar nominations and decry the “horse race” aspect of commentary about it, while probably adding to that aspect of commentary. Listen here; the movie bit kicks in at 16:05 into it.

Sunday afternoon I introduce a DVD screening of In the Mood for Love at the Frye Art Museum at 2 p.m.; it’s free.

Tuesday night I give my Humanities Washington “Inquiring Mind” talk, “Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s,” at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock, Washington. Info here.

Rounding off a week of Eighties obscurities at What a Feeling!, here’s an actually good one: Alan Clarke’s Rita, Sue and Bob Too, a film not quite like anything else.