Carter Pleasures Fly (Weekly Links)

Barsoom’s white apes, Disney-style

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

John Carter. “Struggles to really engage.”

House of Pleasures. “The veneer of eroticism on display is always about commerce.”

Let the Bullets Fly. “A lunatic enterprise from the get-go.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about durable literary heroes (John Carter, Tarzan, Robin Hood) who keep getting re-imagined. Archived here; the movie part begins at the 18:47 mark.

At What a Feeling!, the Eighties live again in reviews of Steve Barron’s Electric Dreams and Taylor Hackford’s An Officer and a Gentleman.

Tonight, drop in on another session of “Framing Pictures,” a free critical talkfest about movies, at 5 p.m. at the Northwest Film Forum. The first two installments were rare chances to go deep into movies; tonight’s topics might include a post-Oscar discussion, the Dreileben trilogy, and Bringing Up Baby.

Tomorrow, March 10, join me on the Olympic Peninsula for “Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s,” a free talk in the Humanities Washington speaker series. Two appearances: at noon at the Forks library (yes, that’s where the Twilight vampires roam) and at 3 p.m. at the Clallam Bay library, in those respective towns.

Early notice: on April 10, I will preside over “How to Make Articulate Noise,” an adult writing workshop in the “How to Write Like I Do” series at 826 Seattle.

Thanks to all concerned for my 12 days aboard the Celebrity Silhouette as a Smithsonian Journeys guest speaker, the reason for my less visible blogging in the last two weeks. All things considered, the Carribean is a good place to be at the end of February.

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