Beautiful Halloween (This Week’s Movies)


Jamie Lee Curtis: Halloween

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

Sadie. “Plays as a kind of dark, slightly unreal fairy tale—like a Roald Dahl yarn where the kids take things just a little too far for comfort.” (Herald link here.)

Beautiful Boy. “An issue movie, something just a little too generic to be really potent and memorable.”

Halloween. “The fellow who put the mask in toxic masculinity is loose again.” (Herald link here.)

For this week’s Seasoned Ticket entry at the Scarecrow Video blog, I’ve got a notion or three about George Romero movies. Read here.

Movie Diary 10/17/2018

Sadie (Megan Griffiths, 2018). A coming-of-age situation (set in a western Washington trailer park) that veers away from the usual thing and enters some intriguingly dark territory. Melanie Lynskey is good as usual, and young actors Sophia Mitri Schloss and Keith L. Williams are excellent.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Morgan Neville, 2018). I’m late in seeing this, and can’t think of much to add to the general consensus: Lovely, timely, conventional. One hight point is seeing Tom Snyder act like a dick toward Fred Rogers and end up being affected by talking soulfully to one of Mr. Rogers’ hand puppets. I think we hear someone on Fox News describe Fred Rogers as “evil,” which pretty much jibes with the current level of discourse.