The Friday 7/16/2021

Kim Min-hee, Song Seon-mi: The Woman Who Ran (Cinema Guild)

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

The Woman Who Ran. “Completely beguiling. Like Gam-hee’s manner (Kim Min-hee is a master of body language, squinching her gangling frame into a variety of chairs and tables, as though nonverbally asking, ‘Do I belong here?’), this movie looks casual, but something urgent and human is at stake.”

I have a new episode of “The Music and the Movies,” this one dedicated to “Eighties Neo-Noir,” the music of which ran from classic John Barry to synthesized Tangerine Dream. That’ll be online for the next ten days or so.

The previous episode, on the music of the Beach Party films and related phenomena, will be up for a few more days.

I’m a member of the 2021-23 Speakers Bureau for Humanities Washington, and I’ll give a talk for the Concrete Library, via Zoom, on Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m. The talk is called “This Is the End: How the Movies Prepared Us for the Apocalypse,” in which I look at end-of-the-world films and how they predicted our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign up here and join us.

At my other website, What a Feeling!, I’ve added three vintage 1980s reviews. Namely: a twofer review of Beth B’s Salvation! and Philip Saville’s Shadey, the first a televangelist satire that brought together Viggo Mortensen and Exene Cervenka, the latter British whimsy with Antony Sher; Roger Young’s The Squeeze, an adventure-comedy with Michael Keaton and Rae Dawn Chong; and Leonard Nimoy’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which has whales in it.