The Friday 1/28/2022

Penelope Cruz, Milena Smit: Parallel Mothers (Iglesias Mas/Sony Pictures Classics)

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

Introduction/Parallel Mothers/Flee. “Enough cigarettes burned in the film to fill a three-hour epic” / “It seems clearer than ever that all the handsome design is an embrace of style as a defiant and even courageous wedge against oppression, conformity, and whatever else you can name that threatens the spirit” / “Consistently engaging and sometimes nail-biting.”

I’ve got a new episode of my radio show, “The Music and the Movies,” this week. It’s Part One of our four-part look at The Beatles and film, focusing on John Lennon. (We get to Paul on Sunday night at 7pm on the Voice of Vashon.)

Each show stays online for a couple of weeks. You can still catch our episode on Happy Movie Songs, too.

Three vintage reviews posted this week at my other blog, What a Feeling!: Uli Edel’s film of Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby Jr.’s just-about-impossible-to-film book, with Jennifer Jason Leigh in a brutal but brave role; David Saperstein’s A Killing Affair, an obscure backwoods noir with Peter Weller and Kathy Baker; and John Dahl’s Kill Me Again, an enormously fun neo-noir starring Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley-Kilmer.