We’re the Elysium Monsters (Weekly Links)

Matt Damon, Elysium

Matt Damon, Elysium

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

Elysium. “Succeeds firmly but not extravagantly.”

Planes. “Downright mediocre.”

We’re the Millers. “Nothing kills a laugh like feeling bad for a performer.”

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. “Just enough cheerful attitude to suggest a continuation of the saga.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Marcie Sillman about directors and actors who had graceful endings to their careers, and some who didn’t. The talk is archived here.

Indiewire’s Anne Thompson transcribed a conversation held at the Seattle International Film Festival earlier this year amongst a batch of film-minded folks, including my own self; the condensed version of the talk is posted here.

If you’re in the southeast corner of Washington (or the southwest corner of Idaho) next Tuesday night (August 13), join me at the Basalt Cellars in Clarkston, WA, for a talk in the Humanities Washington speakers series: “The End of the Trail: How the Western Movie Rode Into the Sunset,” a look at the Westerns of the 1960s and 70s. The talk is free, and begins at 7 p.m.

Early notice: Friday August 16 join the talkers of Framing Pictures (founders are Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and me) for another panel discussion on cinephilia and intriguing things coming up on Seattle screens. It’s at 5 at the Northwest Film Forum; check the FP Facebook page for updates about subject matter.

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