Half of Planet Venus (This Week’s Movies)

Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric in Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur

Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric in Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur

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

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. “Far too many scenes of apes and humans clasping hands and hugging monkey babies.”

Venus in Fur. “An extended and often hilarious riff on power plays and erotic gamesmanship, both of which are offered here in ripe-flowering abundance.”

Half of a Yellow Sun. “Something powerful about the juxtaposition of images, as the movie travels from bright, stylish academics debating philosophy to soldiers carrying bloodied machetes through the middle of the street.”

Third Person. “Enigmatic and a little thin.”

The Overlook Podcast puts another session up soon; in the meantime, hear what Steve Scher and I have been up to at our website.

I’ve been popping in on the Mark Rahner Show on KIRO radio (97.3) lately. Check out last week’s show online, in which we talk about the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself. And listen on Saturday (my segment goes at 4:30) for a look at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

And early warning: The talkers of Framing Pictures will convene another sit-down conversation about what’s on at the movies; we’ll be at the Northwest Film Forum at 5:30 on Sunday afternoon, July 20. Check our Facebook page for updates.

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