Big Separation Chronicle (Weekly Links)

Dane DeHaan, Chronicle's Carrie

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

A Separation. “Viewers are forced to think for ourselves instead of having our responses spoon-fed to us.”

Chronicle. “A cool idea will keep a movie aloft for only so long.”

Coriolanus. “Fiendish focus.”

Big Miracle. “Somebody watched a few Frank Capra classics.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk to Steve Scher about A Separation and the general idea of movies that provide social criticism while ostensibly doing something else (in this case, show us Iran’s impossible system by concentrating on a legal battle). It’s archived here; the movie material begins at the 20-minute mark.

At What a Feeling!, we close out another week of Eighties reviews with something on Paul Schrader’s Light of Day, a movie powered by a thundering Bruce Springsteen song.

Look ahead: on Thursday February 9, the authors of Rotten appear at the University Bookstore in Seattle, at 7 p.m., for banter and a book signing, on behalf of their revolting new release, Rotten, Vol 2: Revival of the Fittest. See you here.

And slightly further ahead: Friday, February 10, another session of “Framing Pictures,” a sit-down talk about movies with film critics Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and myself. It’s at the Northwest Film Forum at 5 p.m., it’s free, and beer and wine are available.

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