Unknown Draft Raid (Weekly Links)

Yayan Ruhian, fantastically cool: The Raid 2

Yayan Ruhian, fantastically cool: The Raid 2

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

The Raid 2. “Some kind of pulp achievement.”

Draft Day. “Some of the most useless split-screen in memory.”

The Unknown Known. “Ever-expanding circles of rhetoric – a Yogi Berra elevated to a position of life and death.”

Exhibition. “Hogg has made a consistently intriguing movie.”

Steve Scher and I used to talk on the radio; now we podcast. Tune in to a new session of The Overlook, as we wonder about what happened to Westerns and what the good ones are of late. Check in here.

Saturday April 12, join me in Tumwater, WA, for “The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film,” a look at some of the kookier ways movies have treated original texts: how The Odyssey became O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Tempest turned into Forbidden Planet – that kind of thing. In the meantime, we’ll think about how movies differ from literature, always a rich subject. This is at 2 p.m., Tumwater Timberland Library, and it’s free. More here.

Sunday April 13, I’ll introduce a free screening of Hisako Matsui’s 2010 film Léonie, a biopic of Isamu Noguchi’s mother, Léonie Noguchi. That’s at 2 p.m.; more info here.

Thursday April 17, join me for “The End of the Trail: How the Movie Western Rode Into the Sunset,” a free talk in the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau series. That’s at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock, WA, at 6:30 p.m. More info here.

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