The Friday (6/19/2020)


Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace: Babyteeth (IFC Films)

My review this week for the Scarecrow blog, and etc.

Babyteeth. “A night Milla spends in Moses’ world morphs into a visit to a party, which on the one hand is a director’s opportunity to say ‘Look at what I can do with image and sound’ (the answer: quite a lot), but also a wonderful evocation of one of those youthful nights that just take off in their own ecstatic trajectory and become both ordinary and singular.”

Some of my writing about the films of the late Lynn Shelton is collected at Parallax View, a Seattle-based film website that is about to be rejuvenated. Give a look there, including this 2008 review of Shelton’s My Effortless Brilliance.

Five new posts this week at What a Feeling!, my repository of 80s movie reviews. Take a look back at vintage reviews of: Nathaniel Gutman’s Deadline, a forgotten look at war-torn Beirut starring Christopher Walken; Glenn Gordon Caron’s Clean and Sober, with Michael Keaton in one of the period’s AA pictures; Anne Wheeler’s Bye Bye Blues, a Canadian film that copped an award at the Seattle International Film Festival; Michael Winner’s A Chorus of Disapproval, a muffed adaptation of an Alan Ayckbourn play with Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Irons; and Tom McLoughlin’s Date with an Angel, a Splash variation with Emmanuelle Beart in the title role.

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