Silver Dawn Pi (Weekly Links)

J-Law & B-Coop, wrapped in Silver Linings

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

The Silver Linings Playbook. “Giddy.”

Life of Pi. “I was mostly thinking of the technical achievement, which can’t be the right way to experience the enchantment the movie wants you to feel.”

Anna Karenina. “Doesn’t seem to breathe very much.”

Red Dawn. “Will appeal to survivalists.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about some of the Thanksgiving openings, which is to say the four movies listed above. The conversation is archived here.

On November 7 I talked with David Thomson at Seattle’s Town Hall on the subject of his new book The Big Screen, and many other things. The Seattle Channel is showing an hour-long version of the talk, viewable online here. It will also be broadcast in the Seattle area, at times as yet unknown to me.

Sunday night, November 25, I’ll be speaking at the Apothecarium in Port Townsend, WA, around 5:30, on the subject of the flying saucer movies of the 1950s and how the reflected Cold War anxieties. The location is 1300 Water Street, and it’s free.

Monday night, November 26, join me for “End of the Trail: How the Western Movie Rode Into the Sunset,” a free talk in the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program. I’m at the Kirkland Library in Kirkland, WA, at 7 p.m.

At What a Feeling!, catch up with an abbreviated Thanksgiving week of 1980s movie reviews, with vintage takes on the Merchant Ivory Maurice and Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot.

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