Another Illusionist Mechanic (Weekly Links)

Unhappy: Peter Wight, Lesley Manville

Reviews I wrote for the Herald this week.

Another Year. “Why some people are reasonably happy and why some people are unreasonably unhappy.”

The Mechanic. “Chickens out in a few definitive ways.”

The Illusionist. “Earns the bittersweet ending.”

Baaria. “Families shouting at each other across rustic dinner tables.”

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster. “A walking expression of relaxed readiness.”

Summer Wars. “Tron under the influence of hallucinogenics.”

No KUOW appearance this week; I was giving a talk in Port Hadlock, WA.

Today’s Eighties movie over at my other website, What a Feeling!, is a Mike Leigh number that bears some affinities with Another Year: High Hopes. The article also includes a bit of interview with Leigh, who clearly was not impressed with me when we met in early 1989.