The Friday 1/14/2022

Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman: Licorice Pizza (Melinda Sue Gordon/MGM)

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

Licorice Pizza/Don’t Look Up/Encounter/Red Rocket. “Many expectations are violated”/”the thing doesn’t work without it being clobberingly obvious”/”limited”/”the silted-over flow of American mythology.”

I don’t have a new radio show for “The Music and the Movies” this week, but our episode on Cole Porter is still online. (Due to a tech snafu, the track with Jimmy Stewart singing is lacking one crucial element: Stewart’s voice!) You can also listen to a repeat appearance of the Film Noir Lounge episode.

Early notice: I’ll be giving my free Humanities Washington talk, “This Is the End: How Movies Prepared Us for the Apocalypse,” online on Jan. 27 at 6:30 pm Pacific Time; this one is presented by the Spokane Public Library. Sign up for the Zoom session here.

Catching up on some posts to What a Feeling!, my blog of vintage 1980s reviews: Aki Kaurismaki’s Leningrad Cowboys Go America, a deadpan account of Finnish rockers on tour; and Christine Edzard’s Little Dorrit, a six-hour Dickens adaptation that deserves to be remembered.