Want Second Part (This Week’s Movies)


Jason Jones, Taraji P. Henson: What Men Want (Paramount Pictures)

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

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. “If the sequel doesn’t have the nonstop zing of the first movie, it’s still the kind of thing that makes you grin from beginning to end.” (Herald link here.)

What Men Want. “This kind of comedy should look effortless, but everybody here is working very, very hard.”

Capernaum. “Zain Al Rafeea gives one of those indelible child performances, showing the tough street-kid exterior while allowing the frightened vulnerability to show through.”

Hey, Seattle is allegedly about to be hit by a hefty snowstorm, so we are POSTPONING the Scarecrow Academy scheduled for Feb. 9. Instead, we will flip the session to Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. The movie in question is a little number called North by Northwest.

My Seasoned Ticket piece at the Scarecrow blog this week re-visits Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape, and the time Soderbergh came for a SIFF visit.


Your Sister’s Ages (Weekly Links)

DeWitt and Blunt, each playing her sister’s sister

Links to reviews I wrote for the Herald and etc.

Rock of Ages. “Might work better if it committed itself to its absurdities.”

Your Sister’s Sister. “The hushed privilege of late-night conversations.”

Hysteria. “Really only one joke.”

Lola Versus. “Agreeable is good enough, in this case.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about why people should root against the Oklahoma City Thunder and how this raises a principle about why we over-rely on easy stories, or something. The talk is archived here; our conversation begins at the 18:40 mark.

This afternoon, join the critics of Framing Pictures for another in-depth conversation about movies; Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy and I will likely take up topics such as: Montgomery Clift (and why certain actors matter during youth), fanboy disappointment in Prometheus, and Jan Svankmajer. And whatever you bring up. It happens at 5 p.m. at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle.

Next Thursday, June 21, swing by the Nectar Lounge in Fremont and behold Dance Your Cash Off, a dance contest in support of 826 Seattle. The event is hosted by Nancy and Joe Guppy, I will be one of the judges, and many people will win prizes. More details here.

At What a Feeling!, we round out a week of 1980s movie reviews with Randal Kleiser’s Grandview, U.S.A., starring Jamie Lee Curtis.