The Friday 7/31/2020)


Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (Utopia)

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

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets/Summerland. “The Ross brothers never let anyone overstay his welcome—the latter point especially impressive, given how quickly drunkards can become tiresome.”

At Parallax View, the 2000 Eyes project continues, as we look back to films released 20 years ago. My contributions this week are pieces on Roland Emmerich’s The Patriot, with Mel Gibson roused to action when the Revolutionary War becomes personal, and Christopher McQuarrie’s The Way of the Gun, an underappreciated film from the writer of The Usual Suspects.

At What a Feeling! this week I vary the formula; instead of posting reviews of 1980s films, I revive some interviews from the era. So take a look back at visits with actor Martin Hewitt (in Seattle to promote the little-remembered Out of Control), whose tastes ran to Perrier-Jouet; a young comedian named Jim Carrey, promoting Once Bitten; Terry Gilliam, riding in a limo and talking about Brazil; Bob Rafelson, for Mountains of the Moon (this is a cheat, as the movie opened in early 1990, but I enjoyed talking with Rafelson); and Anthony Perkins, touring with Psycho III.