The Broken Stand (Weekly Links)

Not so much beefcake as jerky: The Last Stand

Not so much beefcake as jerky: The Last Stand

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

The Last Stand. “It must be said that when Arnie conveys the simplest human gestures he still goes through mighty convolutions of face and body.”

Broken City. “Breathless news that corruption exists in urban government.”

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film. “A cheerful introduction.”

The Law in These Parts. “You can’t take your eyes off it.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about Broken City, The Law in These Parts, and the Sci-Fi Short Film competition at the Cinerama theater this weekend. That’s archived here.

Tonight at 5 p.m., join the members of Framing Pictures for another session of talk about movies; our subjects include an upcoming retrospective of the works of Pierre Etaix at the Northwest Film Forum, Hong Sang-soo’s new film In Another Country, and the Mary Pickford project Sparrows. The discussion at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave. on Capital Hill) is free; visit the FP Facebook page for more info.

Thursday night January 24, 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, at Monroe Library in Monroe, WA. That’s at 7 p.m.; more info on the talk here, and the location here.

The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival, sponsored by the EMP Museum, collects a batch of ambitious shorts from around the world and gives out prizes. I was a jury member this year and it’s an impressive group. The big event at the Cinerama Saturday night is sold out, but the winners will be aired again Sunday at SIFF Cinema Uptown at 4; more info here.

I’m blogging again for the KCTS Channel 9 ReelNW program, a series of Northwest-made films broadcast over the next few weeks. The engaging music-fest doc Welcome to Doe Boy prompts some thoughts here.

At What a Feeling!, round off another week of 1980s reviews with a Robert Redford pet project, The Milagro Beanfield War.