Movie Diary 1/19/2016

Ip Man 3 (Wilson Yip, 2015). Yet another film about the real-life kung fu grandmaster, with Donnie Yen in the lead. Good fights, outrageous melodrama, and Mike Tyson. This baby will make money all over the world. (full review 1/20)

The World of Kanako (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2014). Japanese cult weirdness, partly redeemed by the heroic presence of Koji Yakusho. Otherwise, some real unpleasantness along the way. (full review 1/22)

Lamb (Ross Partridge, 2015). Indie actor Partridge also directs this dicey story of a middle-aged man who spirits away an 11-year-old girl (Oona Laurence, a strong performer) for not-quite-clear purposes. A queasy experience. (full review 1/22)

Ride Dreams North (This Week’s Movies)


Anomalisa: David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh

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

Anomalisa. “Kaufman risks the acid reflux that can result from writing these characters.” (In case of Herald paywall, Seattle Weekly link here.)

Ride Along 2. “Rushed and barely sketched-out.”

Dreams Rewired. “Swinton is so good she can make even this heavy verbiage come to life.”

Norm of the North. “A lot of blubber.”

Last month’s edition of Framing Pictures is now up and running online; it’s an end-of-the-year, best-of-2015 session featuring Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and me. Get the goods online here. It’s also showing on the Seattle Channel over the next few days.

On the Overlook Podcast, Steve Scher and I look back at 2015 and pick a couple of things that made for memorable moviegoing. His relate to comic-book movies; mine to Edinburgh. Give a listen here.

Movie Diary 1/12/2016

Ride Along 2 (Tim Story). Kevin Hart and Ice Cube return in a sequel to their funny 2014 48 HRS. knock-off. And this one is, well, not so dissimilar to Another 48 HRS. Yes, I went there. (full review 1/15)

Movie Diary 1/11/2016

Dreams Rewired (Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart, Thomas Tode, 2015). Montage-essay-film on the subject of technical innovations and communication, narrated by Tilda Swinton, made up mostly of clips from silent and early-sound films. Take a moment to let that sink in, or possibly not. Swinton, speaking high-minded prose in a funny-slangy way, is a kick to listen to. Not entirely sure what the actual goal is, but many of the clips are swell. (full review 1/15)

Norm of the North (Trevor Wall, 2016). Cartoon, a polar bear, cheapjack animation, script same. It’s possible the outline of King Kong is visible, not that it matters. Rob Schneider is the voice of Norm. (full review 1/15)

Revenant Forest (This Week’s Movies)


Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

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

The Revenant. “Astonishing to look at and listen to.” (In case of Herald paywall, Seattle Weekly link here.)

The Forest. “I liked the movie’s touch with eerie foreshadowings.”

Tonight, the talkers of Framing Pictures gather at Scarecrow Video at 7 p.m. for another session of movie-related conversation. Big topics include The Hateful Eight and The Revenant, with room for Carol and whatever other subjects you might bring to the table. The event is free.

Check into The Overlook Podcast, where Steve Scher and I kick around some movie-related thoughts each week. A new installment goes live today.

Movie Diary 1/6/2016

The Forest (Jason Zada, 2016). Why is this embargoed? No one knows. (full reviews 1/8)

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, 2015). A very Kaufman subject given a puppet-animation treatment, with some scenes prompting the question, “Why would you compete with Team America on that?” Kaufman’s ability to make you cringe remains keen. (full review 1/15)

Movie Diary 1/4/2016

Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944). One thing to say about this classic is that virtually every shot creates a little world, sculpted in light and body language and decor. The words are decent, too. Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck are scary-good, and Edward G. Robinson flawless. I don’t think I ever noticed that Tom Porter, the actor who plays the doomed husband, looks a lot like Raymond Chandler, Wilder’s disgruntled writing partner. Anyway, it’s the second-best movie of 1944.


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