Wall Butler Vision (Weekly Links)

Winfrey and Whitaker in Lee Daniels' The Butler

Winfrey and Whitaker in Lee Daniels’ The Butler

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

Lee Daniels’ The Butler. “Doesn’t really transcend its TV-movie trappings.”

Prince Avalanche. “A mustache of self-satisfaction.”

The Wall. “How catastrophe might force awareness of what it means to be human.”

Persistence of Vision. “A recognizable cracked-genius stereotype.”

On KUOW’s Weekday, I talk with Katy Sewall about my favorite movies; the segment is archived here. This is the final week of new programming for Weekday; the station will be folding some of its features (and regular host Steve Scher) into a new program titled The Record on KUOW which bows on Sep. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. I’ve had a great time on Weekday these last few years and am grateful to have had the chance to be a part of its thoughtful approach.

This afternoon, Friday August 16, join the talkers of Framing Pictures 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, but we will almost certainly talk about the NWFF’s revival run of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Un Flic; new releases such as Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station; and recent DVD looks at John Ford’s The Horse Soldiers and William Cameron Menzies’ Things to Come. You know, for starters.

Sunday, August 18, join me at the Frye Art Museum for another installment in the Magic Lantern series: “Imagining the City on Film” is a talk with film clips on the subject of how the cinema has created the idea of The City in a bunch of classic visions. It’s at 2 p.m., and it’s free; more info here.

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