Hunger Games, Boy (Weekly Links)

Gaming Hunger: Banks and Lawrence

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

Hunger Games. “A very grim affair for a would-be blockbuster.”

Boy. “A delicate line between seriousness and goofiness – in other words, a familiar vibe for New Zealand movies.”

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. “A severe case of the cutes.”

Gerhard Richter Painting. “Pretty close to literally making you watch paint dry.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about The Hunger Games and the problem with movies satirizing mass entertainment that must themselves be mass entertainment; it’s archived here, and the movie section begins around the 17-minute mark.

At What a Feeling!, the 1980s roll on with vintage reviews of Bob Clark’s (and, bien sur, Sylvester Stallone’s) Rhinestone, and Akira Kurosawa’s Ran.

Saturday night at 9:30 I will introduce (I think “make a case for” would be too strong) a screening of Israel’s first slasher movie, Rabies, at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. That’s at the Uptown theater.

Reminder: 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. Please forward to writing-minded folk in Seattle, if you think that would be a good idea.

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