Movie Diary 12/5/2012

Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012). The director hasn’t lost her skill set since winning the Oscar. And now I want to go find out how much of this movie is actually true. (full review 1/?)

Mekong Hotel (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2012). An hour-long slip of a quasi-project, dreamily filmed at a hotel along the Mekong River. A guitarist noodles in the background through the whole thing, and casual noodling seems to be the overall point. (full review 12/7)

Playing for Keeps (Gabriele Muccini, 2012). Tousled hair and a Scots accent – yes, Gerard Butler is back, and Muccini is not the director to let him off easy. Or didn’t you see Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds? (full review 12/7)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Peter Jackson, 2012). It’s also an embargoed journey, even though there are reviews already out there. (full review 12/14)

At What a Feeling!, we keep rolling out the 1980s, the better for you to re-appreciate Nicolas Roeg’s Castaway and Tom Mankiewicz’s Dragnet.

And hey, the Seattle Channel is broadcasting the Q&A I did with David Thomson at Seattle’s Town Hall a couple of weeks ago. It shows Thursday night at 9 p.m., with showings Friday and Saturday at the same time. Or you can look at the schedule here, or watch online.

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