Guardians Up (This Week’s Movies)

Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy

Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy

Links to reviews I wrote this week for the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

Guardians of the Galaxy. “A momentum machine, the kind of movie in which one scene keeps tipping giddily over into the next.” (If the Herald paywall is a problem, here’s the Seattle Weekly link.)

Get on Up. “Bosemen doesn’t especially resemble James Brown, but he’s electric at channeling Brown’s crazy energy and strange self-possession.”

Mood Indigo. “A vast miscalculation here about how this amount of whimsy wears over time.” (Seattle Weekly link.)

The Overlook Podcast has another new one this week: Steve Scher and I recall the careers of James Garner and Paul Mazursky, members of a sardonic breed of Hollywood cat. Listen here.

Early warning: Thursday August 14, join us for a “Summer at SAM” event at the Olympic Sculpture Park. The “Art Hit Tour” at 6:30 will be led by me and my wife as we cover two aspects of the park: its cinematic possibilities and ecological awareness. The event is free and there’s lots of other stuff going on to sample. Read more about that night and the other “Summer at SAM” events here.

Early warning II: On successive Thursday nights, September 4 & 11, I’ll be leading a workshop at the Northwest Film Forum called “Cinematic Space and Sound.” The first will concentrate on the evocative use of screen space, the second on masters of sound. More information here.