The Friday 6/4/2021

Paula Beer, Undine (IFC Films)

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

Undine. “It feels unfair to complain about a film that does what it wants to do very well.”

The new episode of my radio show, “The Music and the Movies,” is called “New Nordic Composers,” and listens to music by the likes of Johann Johannsson, Hildur Gudnadottir, and Ludwig Goransson; their work includes Joker, Arrival, Sicario, and Black Panther. Tune in for some ear-bending sounds, produced by Voice of Vashon.

The previous episode, “Happy Movie Songs,” will be there to elevate your mood for another couple of days. New show Sunday night at 7 p.m.

I’m back for a two-year term on the Speakers Bureau at Humanities Washington, which sends people out to various parts of our state to talk. (At first we’ll be Zooming it.) My talk is called “This Is the End: How Movies Prepared Us for the Apocalypse,” where I explore – from the perspective of mankind’s response to the pandemic – how movies gave us the tools to deal, if only we’d been listening. Check out the description here, and if you live somewhere in Washington and are interested in hosting the talk, get in touch.

At What a Feeling!, I’ve got three vintage examples of 1980s movie reviews. To wit: The Third Animation Celebration, an anthology including Svankmajer and Bozzetto, plus the first appearance of Ren and Stimpy; The XXII International Tournee of Animation, with some Plymptoons and the Oscar-winning Balance in the mix; and Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters II, the bloated sequel that reunites Murray & Co.