Old Odd Life (Weekly Links)

ParaNorman, is that you?

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

The Odd Life of Timothy Green. “Not your usual heirloom tomatoes.”

Sparkle. “Carmen Ejogo burns with a really wicked fire.”

ParaNorman. “A lack of oomph.”

Old Goats. “A lot of things don’t happen in this movie, which is one of the things to admire about it.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about movie actors and their images and our expectations of them. The talk is archived here; the movie bit kicks in at the 17:40 mark.

This afternoon brings another session of “Framing Pictures” to the Northwest Film Forum at 5 p.m. This free conversation features Richard T. Jameson, “flâneur extraordinaire” Bruce Reid, and myself talking about (at least) Robert Bresson (NWFF has a new print of The Devil, Probably playing this week) and the mysteries of the new Sight & Sound “Greatest Movies” poll.  More here.

Sunday afternoon, August 19, join me at the Frye Art Museum for “Americans Unwillingly Abroad: Two Blacklisted Directors,” a talk in the Magic Lantern series. I’ll focus on the disrupted careers of Joseph Losey and Jules Dassin, and how they transformed themselves into European filmmakers after being ousted from Hollywood during the Red Scare. 2 p.m., free.

At What a Feeling!, another week of 1980s reviews closes with a 1989 consideration of Norman Jewison’s In Country.

And check out a past example of “Framing Pictures,” as the Seattle Channel presents last month’s installment online and on cable; you can watch it tonight at 10 p.m. or elsewise during the weekend (sked is here), or online here.

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