Judge Dracula, Zero January (This Week’s Movies)

Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst among the ruins: The Two Faces of January

Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst among the ruins: The Two Faces of January

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

The Judge. “Very much a Downey performance, full of quicksilver responses and sneaky humor.” (In case of Herald paywall, here’s the Seattle Weekly version.)

Dracula Untold. “Now it’s been told. And it’s pretty boring.”

The Zero Theorem. “Signature Gilliam: Visually exuberant and robustly cynical.” (Weekly version.)

The Two Faces of January. “Languorous portrait of people at loose ends in Europe.” (Weekly version.)

Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. “Dad catches on fire at a Japanese restaurant.”

New Overlook Podcast due today; meantime, listen to last week’s show, which looks at books adapted into movies (including Gone Girl) and includes librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl in the conversation.

I popped up again on KIRO radio’s “Mark Rahner Show,” thinking about Gone Girl. That session is archived here; stay tuned for a lightning round of the thrilling segment known as “Focus Group.”

Early-ish warning: Sunday October 19 I’ll present a free talk in the Magic Lantern series at the Frye Art Museum. It’s called “Hitchcock Re-mastered: The Many Lives of Psycho,” a look at how the 1960 masterpiece has reverberated through culture, including Gus Van Sant’s remake, a batch of sequels, the TV series Bates Motel, and installation works such as Douglas Gordon’s 24 Hour Psycho and James Franco’s Psycho Nacirema. The talk begins at 2; more info here.

Saturday October 25, I’ll be reading at Elliott Bay Book Company in support of Frankenstein. The free event begins at 7 p.m.

 

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