Queen to Cutoff (Weekly Links)

Mel Gibson and puppet

Links to reviews I wrote for the Herald this week.

The Beaver. “There’s something potent about a cuddly plush toy operated by a man who looks and sounds as though he might rip someone’s head off.”

Cave of Forgotten Dreams. “Dream your way in.”

Meek’s Cutoff. “This journey has become metaphysical, not geographical.”

Queen to Play. “Not the most popular of sports-movie options.”

The Robber. Not yet posted.

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about movies that formed your ideas of travel, or gave you a pilgrimage destination. Lots of callers in this show, including someone who most awesomely moved to Greece because of the Randall Kleiser classic Summer Lovers. That made my day. It’s archived here; the movie bit kicks in at 14:30, with a snippet of the theme song from If It’s Tuesday, This Must be Belgium.

And if you’re anywhere near Walla Walla WA next Tuesday night, drop by Walla Walla University at 7 p.m. and catch my talk for Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program. Info on the talk here.