The Friday 8/20/2021

David Dastmalchian: The Suicide Squad (Warner Bros/DC Comics)

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

The Suicide Squad. “It can’t stop nudging the audience about how ridiculous all of this is; the opening reel is essentially a series of eye-rolls about the film’s own preposterousness, with the audience flattered at being in on the joke.”

I have a new episode of “The Music and the Movies” this week, this one devoted to the great Miklos Rozsa: We go Double Indemnity, we go Spellbound, we absolutely go Ben-Hur.

The previous episode is still online; put a nickel in and listen to the Jim Jarmusch Jukebox. And if you’re reading this at a time when those links have moved on, check the M&M page to see what’s live.

Three vintage reviews posted this week at my other website, What a Feeling!: Bill Fishman’s Tapeheads, a black comedy with John Cusack and Tim Robbins; Alain Cavalier’s Therese, a wonderfully unorthodox study of a saint-in-the-making; and Joseph Ruben’s True Believer, a legal story with James Woods and Robert Downey, Jr., two actors whose lives have taken interesting turns since then.