Sunshine Twilight Melancholia (Weekly Links)

Something’s coming, something big: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia

Links to reviews I wrote this week for the Herald, and etc.

Melancholia. “Moves at its own very odd, elongated stride.”

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. “Actually seeing the big computer-generated wolves go at the golden-eyed vampires is something that never fails to trigger the giggle reflex.”

Everyday Sunshine. “Among the nutsiest live acts ever to take the stage.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about movies with a strong sense of place, the Seattle runs of Le Havre and Curling being the immediate inspiration. The talk is archived here; the movie bit kicks in at the 15-minute mark.

At What a Feeling!, a 1986 cruise through Jim Jarmusch’s Down by Law.

I will be giving a Magic Lantern talk at the Frye Art Museum on Sunday at 2 p.m. The title is “A World in a Rear Window: The Cinema of Limited Perspective,” a look at how movies narrow their gauge to make us see: Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Lifeboat, natch, but also Wavelength and recent stuff like Buried, Lebanon, and Paranormal Activity. Details here; it’s free.

Monday night I’ll be at the Shoreline Library at 7, with “Things to Come: Visions of the Future on Film,” a talk with clips about the way movies have imagined the future. See here for that.