Two Days or Bucharest (This Week’s Movies)

Fabrizio Mangione, Marion Cotillard: Two Days, One Night

Fabrizio Mangione, Marion Cotillard: Two Days, One Night

Links to reviews I published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly.

Two Days, One Night. “Devastating.” (In case of Herald paywall, Seattle Weekly link here.)

When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism. “Movies about moviemaking don’t come much drier.” (Weekly version here.)

Black or White. “Slips definitively from character study to lecture.”

New Overlook podcast, where Steve Scher and I talk about the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night; listen here.

Movie Diary 1/27/2015

The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, 2014). From the director of Berberian Sound Studio, a similarly stylish and odd follow-up. It has to do with two kink-oriented women whose domestic scene is – despite the exotic domination games – a domestic scene. There’s also a lot of material about moths. In short, a must-see (full review 2/6)

Movie Diary 1/26/2015

When Night Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (Corneliu Porumboiu, 2013). The Romanian long-take method is brought to bear on a small but droll scenario about a pompous film director’s passive-aggressive approach to his movie and his affair. It’s pretty funny, and really locked into its wavelength. (full review 1/30)

Black or White (Mike Binder, 2014). Kevin Costner trying to keep custody of granddaughter; plus, race keeps getting added to the mix. Sincere and smug. (full review 1/30)

Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935). Went through the 75-minute film in just under six hours (a SIFF series called “Cinema Dissection”), along with a group of like-minded enthusiasts. I thought this would be interesting, but it was really cool.

Most Violent, Song, Boy (This Week’s Reviews)

Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain: A Most Violent Year

Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain: A Most Violent Year

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly and etc.

A Most Violent Year. “A system’s structure is brought into the cold, hard light.” (In case of Herald paywall, Seattle Weekly version here.)

Song One. “And then there’s Anne Hathaway.” (Weekly version here.)

The Boy Next Door. “The young man needs help roasting his chicken.”

Jan. 23 & 24, I’ll be part of a Frankenstein weekend at SIFF Cinema. Friday night (that’s tonight!) I’ll talk between a double bill of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, with a few copies of my Frankenstein book on hand for sale and signing; Saturday at 11 a.m. I’ll lead a Cinema Dissection session with Bride of Frankenstein (this is an event that involves a shot-by-shot close reading of the film). A little more info here.

In anticipation, the Seattle Weekly has excerpted the opening 1000 words or so of the book, a section you can read online, too.

At the Overlook Podcast, Steve Scher and I talk about American Sniper and Blackhat; check out the conversation here.

Wednesday night, watch Psycho and join a conversation following the film at Seattle University. The film screens at Wyckoff Auditorium, Wednesday Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.; Robert C. Cumbow and I will talk about the Hitchcock masterpiece immediately after.

Pyscho Poster (1)

Movie Diary 1/20/2015

The Boy Next Door (Rob Cohen, 2015). Jennifer Lopez gets punished for having a one-night-stand with the teenager who lives next door – not punished by the authorities, but by the movie, which also seems to resent her for not stitching up her marriage after hubby John Corbett slept with other women. She really can’t catch a break. Gotta hand it to Rob Cohen after all these years – still plugging away with some Gotcha! shock moments and showy set-ups. (full review 1/23)

Movie Diary 1/19/2015

Song One (Kate Barker-Froyland, 2014). Anne Hathaway in a micro-musical, with a grungy folksinger and a brother in a coma. Jonathan Demme produced. (full review 1/23).

Beloved Sisters (Dominik Graf, 2014). Near-three-hour German costume drama, with a structural device that suggests Graf is a big fan of Two English Girls. Which is something in his favor. The late-18th-century story’s about Schiller and his wife and her worldly sister, with the strong suggestion that he enjoyed both women a great deal. Then he wrote the Ode to Joy – I kid. (full review 1/23)

Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935). Hey all, I’m going to be doing some Frankenstein-related stuff this weekend at SIFF: Intro’ing a double bill of the two James Whale-directed pictures, and then going step-by-step through Bride on Saturday afternoon. Read more here.

Appropriate Blackhat Sniper (This Week’s Movies)

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Links to my reviews published this week in Seattle Weekly and the Herald, and etc.

American Sniper. “A measured directorial approach that is likely to disappoint those looking for either a patriotic tribute to the troops or a critique of war and its effects.” (In case of Herald paywall, Seattle Weekly version here.)

Blackhat. “An occasionally intoxicating mess.”

Paddington. “Winningly bright and funny.”

Appropriate Behavior. “Amusing if not earth-shaking.” (Weekly version here.)

Today, Friday, Jan. 16, join the talkers of Framing Pictures as we sort through the holiday-season aftermath. Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy and I will meet at the Screening Room in Scarecrow Video at 5 p.m. for this free event; drinks will be on sale. More details on our Facebook page.

At the Overlook Podcast, Steve Scher and I sift through the Oscar nominations announced yesterday, and find them mostly business as usual. Listen here.

Last week I dropped by KIRO radio’s “Mark Rahner Show” again, and we talked about Selma, Inherent Vice, and whatnot; the conversation is archived here.


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