Pirates, Assassins, Twins (Weekly Links)

Depp, Rush: Untouchable Boys

Links to reviews I wrote for the Herald this week.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. “Trimming its sails and sticking to a more streamlined story.”

13 Assassins. “Showers of flying arrows and buckets of blood.”

The Princess of Montpensier. “Tavernier is too wised-up to fall in love with the costumes and castles.”

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls. “One of the most crowd-pleasing films I’ve seen in the last couple of years.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about the Seattle International Film Festival, which is now underway. It’s archived here; the movie bit kicks in at the 18-minute mark.

Some notes on the part of SIFF that travels to Everett, from the Herald.

In case you missed it, there’s a new Rotten one-off in comic-book stores: a gory little tale that shares space with Moonstone’s Zombies vs. Cheerleaders series. No kidding: order it from the publisher, or run to your local comic store and purchase. And you can pre-order the scintillating Rotten prequel book, The Lost Diary of John J. Flynn, U.S. Agent, also from Moonstone (or Amazon.com, or do support your local book seller).

Dinosaurs are back! So What a Feeling! recalls the abysmal Baby…Secret of the Lost Legend, with a vintage review at my other website.