The Friday (11/7/2020)

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

Marta Nieto: Madre (Strand Releasing)

Madre. “Somewhere in the background is the specter of Jonathan Glazer’s Birth, with some similarly uncomfortable results.”

Join us online tomorrow, Saturday, November 7, at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, for Scarecrow Academy, presented by the non-profit Scarecrow Video. Our year has been devoted to “The Art in Horror: Horror and the Director,” and this week we will discuss Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In (2008). To register for the session, see the links at Scarecrow’s blog. Allow me to introduce the movie:

At my blog of 1980s reviews, What a Feeling!, I add five more titles this week: Mick Jackson’s Chattahoochee, with Gary Oldman and Dennis Hopper in a muckraking prison drama; Al Reinert’s For All Mankind, an enthralling NASA documentary; a double review of Wayne Wang’s Dim Sum and William Peter Blatty’s loco The Ninth Configuration; Genevieve Robert’s Casual Sex?, a female-forward sex comedy stolen by Andrew Dice Clay; and Bill Couturie’s Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, a star-narrated documentary.