People Like Ted Magic (Weekly Links)

Talking bear reveals he’s more of a Sarrisite than a Paulette.

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

Magic Mike. “Interesting beyond its obvious future as a DVD at countless bachelorette parties to come.”

Ted. “The anti-Toy Story.”

People Like Us. “Yes, this could happen in real life. That doesn’t make it any less tedious to sit through.”

God Bless America. “You might feel as though you’ve gotten stuck in the seat at the bar next to the guy who ‘wants to get a few things off his chest.'”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” my conversation with Steve Scher connects Steven Soderbergh, Nora Ephron, and Andrew Sarris. The show is archived here; the movie widget begins at the 18:10 mark.

At What a Feeling!, yet another week of Eighties movie reviews rounds off with a take on Sidney Lumet’s star-studded, sleep-inducing Family Business.

For a Film Comment online tribute, I contribute a memory of the time Andrew Sarris came to Seattle and gave a heroic talk. It’s here, nestled in with Sarris-related memories from Kent Jones, Glenn Kenny, Phillip Lopate.