Links to reviews I wrote this week for the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.
A Million Ways to Die in the West. “When it comes to laxatives playing a role in the plot, well, tighten your belts.”
Filth. “Aims for unrelenting misery.”
Beneath the Harvest Sky. “The classical form of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty from On the Road: the calm observer type who can’t quit palling around with his irresponsible life-force chum.”
Look for a new installment of the Overlook Podcast going up today. The website with our previous chats is here.
At the Seattle International Film Festival this weekend, the highlight is the local preem of Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s lilting account of growing up (filmed over 12 years to accommodate the aging of its central actor); Linklater is interviewed on stage Saturday at 5. Much-touted arrivals include Frank, with Michael Fassbender; The Trip to Italy, Michael Winterbottom’s follow-up to The Trip, again featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon; Chuck Workman’s What is Cinema?, a compilation montage with interviews; Don McKellar’s Canadian comedy The Grand Seduction; a digital restoration of Frank Capra’s Mr. Deeds Goes to Town; a revival of Richard Rush’s The Stunt Man, a movie rescued by enterprising Seattleites back in the day; plus the world premiere of Seattle filmmaker Kay D. Ray’s Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz.