The Friday 7/23/2021

Ivan Trojan: Charlatan (Strand Releasing)

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

Charlatan. “Holland has the character remain opaque, despite the stabs at explaining him, to the point where the final reels are almost excruciating in their depiction of a man who will not yield to our expectations of redemption or enlightenment. This is interesting.”

Tomorrow (that’s 7/24) at 11 a.m. Pacific Time I’ll be leading a Zoom discussion called “This Is the End: How Movies Prepared Us for the Apocalypse,” as part of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. This is presented by the Upper Skagit Library system, specifically the Concrete branch. The talk is free, and there’s more info and a link to register here.

The new episode of my radio show, “The Music and the Movies,” is devoted to movie soundtracking by Quincy Jones. We look at how quickly Jones took to scoring films in the 1960s, and the second half of the show has considerable funk. Listen here.

You can also check in my show on 1980s neo-noir movie music, or the Beach Party craze. These are produced by Voice of Vashon.

Two vintage 1980s reviews posted to my other website, What a Feeling!: Pedro Almodovar’s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, a saucy early work from the director; and Ron Underwood’s Tremors, which I realized was actually released in January ’90 only after I typed it out, so there.