Outrage Shadows (Weekly Links)

Downey and Law, Shadows

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

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. “Either I’ve surrendered to the idea of a Sherlock Holmes story as an action picture, or this one’s just a better, cleaner movie overall.”

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. “One of the really unexpected winners of the movie year.”

I Melt with You. “A Gen-X take on the drunken blowhards from John Cassavetes’ Husbands.”

Outrage. “Plays as a parody of the yakuza film.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about revivals around Seattle in that old-fangled film delivery system known as 35 mm. The talk is archived here; the movie section unveils itself around the 20-minute mark.

And more KUOW: On today’s edition of “Weekday,” Steve Scher hosts Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and me for a roundtable on some of the best movies of 2011. Special mention to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Melancholia, and A Dangerous Method. That one’s found here, taking up the entire hour.

At What a Feeling!, we hark back to an earlier incarnation of Alvin and his rodent pals, in 1987’s Chipmunk Adventure.

Thanks to all who came and participated – panelists and audience alike – in last night’s “Critics Wrap” at the Frye Art Museum, a conversation about the films of 2011. Lists will be published shortly on the Frye website, and a condensed version of the evening will be broadcast soon on the Seattle Channel; I’ll post links when that comes on.

Movie Diary 12/15/2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher, 2011). There is no mistaking this for anything other than a Fincher film, all sharp cold edges and crisp scenes. There sure is a sense of deja vu about the whole thing. (full review 12/21)

At What a Feeling!, check a vintage review of Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home. You don’t need to know this was directed by “Alan Smithee” to understand how bad it is.