Jeff de la Casa (Weekly Links)

Quien es mas macho?

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

Casa de mi Padre. “Muy bizarro, you might say.”

Jeff, Who Lives at Home. “The title could describe dozens of efforts in recent years, albeit with characters not named Jeff.”

The Forgiveness of Blood. “Each scene tends to be about one single meaning.”

The FP. “Training montage.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” we use Casa de mi Padre as a way of talking about movies that might have worked better as five-minute sketches. Archived here; the movie segment commences at the 18:50 point.

At What a Feeling!, a week of 1980s films set in exotic locations concludes with the notorious Shanghai Surprise, the film made by honeymooners Sean Penn and Madonna.

On Sunday, a DVD screening in the Frye Art Museum’s Magic Lantern series: Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Three Times; 2 p.m., free. Details here.

And, a book out this week: The Lost Diary of John J. Flynn, U.S. Agent is published by Moonstone; it purports to be a diary kept by one of the characters from Rotten, and I think it’s really not a bad little piece of genre prose styling. Sets the stage for Rotten #1 and what came next. Order it – and I mean now – from the publisher, or ask at a bookstore.

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