The Friday (7/10/2020)


Orion Lee, John Magaro: First Cow (Alysson Riggs/A24)

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

First Cow. “If this isn’t the best movie of the year, it will serve until something else comes along. But seriously, it might be the best movie of the year.”

The Parallax View website keeps up its 2000 Eyes project, a look back to what critics were saying about movies 20 years ago. I’ll link my own pieces here, but browse through for lots of millennial matter. From me: Brian De Palma’s Mission to Mars, which is good in space but not so convincing on the ground; Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malena, a vehicle for Monica Bellucci (both films scored by the late Ennio Morricone); and Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the international sensation of that year.

At What a Feeling!, I’ve got more reviews of 1980s films: Graeme Clifford’s Burke and Wills, a stirring expedition epic; David Irving’s Rumplestiltskin, starring Amy Irving and Billy Barty, the first (and only) installment of Cannon Films’ fairy-tale movies to actually play in theaters; Charles Shyer’s (and of course Nancy Meyers’) Baby Boom, with Diane Keaton in an 80s-zeitgeist story; Yurek Bogayevicz’s Anna, with a career role for the Oscar-nominated Sally Kirkland; and Robert Mandel’s F/X, a sleeper hit for special-effects geeks.