Movie Diary 5/16/2012

Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012); Rebellion (Mathieu Kassovitz, 2011); Year of Grace (Ventura Pons, 2011). All of the above from the upcoming Seattle International Film Festival. The Pons film is a bouncy coming-of-age comedy about a teenager landing in the big city of Barcelona; Kassovitz directs a compelling look at a 1988 incident involving insurgents in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia; and Anderson makes a Wes Anderson picture, which I have to say is much preferred to all those other people making Wes Anderson pictures (he uses fewer Sixties-pop musical cues in this one, as though to acknowledge how that reflex has been overdone by his imitators).

At What a Feeling!, the Eighties unwind through an “SNL” lens, with a review of John Landis’s Spies Like Us.

And come ’round the Roy Street Cafe Thursday night at 7, as I sit in for a “History Cafe” event sponsored by the Museum of History and Industry. There are details here, but the evening will feature both a little preview of the museum’s upcoming “Celluloid Seattle” exhibit and a collection of winning films from this year’s “History Is___” competition.


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