Tinker, Dragon, Method, Horse (Weekly Links)

The Knightley-Fassbender Maneuver: A Dangerous Method

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

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. “True to le Carré’s world but spellbinding in its own stripped-down fashion.”

A Dangerous Method. “Brilliant people walking and talking can be a scintillating movie spectacle.”

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. “All those frosty landscapes and IKEA products were just waiting to be visualized by Fincher’s cool eye.”

War Horse. “A tradition-of-quality kind of title.”

We Bought a Zoo. “Not a bad mood in which to spend a couple of hours.”

The Adventures of Tintin. “More technology than magic.”

I interviewed Gary Oldman on the subject of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and he had some cool things to say.

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about holiday movies, with help from callers. It’s archived here; the movie talk begins around the 15-minute mark.

Indiewire did their year-end critics survey, which went for The Tree of Life, alas. Winners and critics are listed here; my ballot can be found by clicking on my name (can’t do a separate link, for some reason).

Next week, look for the annual “Critics Wrap” event to be broadcast on the Seattle Channel: December 29 and 30, at 9 p.m.; Dec. 31 at 1 a.m. and 11 p.m. (wow, the Dick Clark slot). It will also go live online soon.

At What a Feeling!, the titles of the week have had a distinctly chilly cast. Catch up with Eighties reviews of Maurizio Nichetti’s The Icicle Thief, Winter Flight (a film in David Puttnam’s “First Love” series), and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Also, Merry Christmas and all that.

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