Kong Zucchini (This Week’s Movies)

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The tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood, Kong: Skull Island (courtesy Warner Bros.)

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

Kong: Skull Island. “Hiddleston is a bust as a dashing adventurer (‘Stand on a hillside with one leg cocked’ seems to be his acting note), and Larson has the shocked look of someone who wins an Oscar and finds out this is her reward.”

My Life as a Zucchini. “The mood is closer to the gentle melancholy of Peanuts, with which Zucchini shares a wistful air and pumpkin-sized craniums.”

The talkers in Framing Pictures re-convene for a conversation at Scarecrow Video tonight, March 10, at 7 p.m. The event is free, and freewheeling, and this month will range over new films (James Mangold’s Logan), a pair of Japanese masters (Yasujiro Ozu – the subject of a Seattle Art Museum spring series – and the recently departed Seijun Suzuki), and a bushel of new DVD releases. And what you’d like to talk about. Check the FP Facebook page for updates.

Last week I served as guest speaker in the first meet-up for the Columbia University of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab, launching an ambitious new project focused on Frankenstein and Artificial Intelligence. The meeting was held at Lincoln Center and we batted around ideas literary, cinematic, and otherwise. The program is introduced here, and the audio of my participation is embedded there.