The Friday 7/9/2021

Benicio Del Toro, Don Cheadle: No Sudden Move (Claudette Barius/Warner Bros)

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

No Sudden Move. “Like so much of what Soderbergh works on these days, the thing seems modest in its ambitions, until you reach particular moments (some big speechifying from a regular Soderbergh player in the final 20 minutes) and the pattern locks into place.”

Catch the sunbeam with my new episode of “The Music and the Movies,” produced by Voice of Vashon, which delves into the Beach Party movies and satellite phenomena. We’ve got Frankie and Annette, Moondoggie and Gidget, Donna Loren and Stevie Wonder, Jack Nitzsche and Brian Wilson. Please, listen.

The previous episode is also still online for a few days: My look at music from film year 2001.

At my other website, What a Feeling!, I posted three vintage 1980s reviews this week. Here’s stuff on: Leonard Nimoy’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, in which – well, you know what happens; Herbert Ross’s Secret of My Success, with Michael J. Fox in a box-office smash without really trying; and a twofer review of Jerry Schatzberg’s Street Smart, a Christopher Reeve picture that put Morgan Freeman onto a new level, and Tibor Takacs’ The Gate, a youth-horror flick that launched Steven Dorff’s movie career.