Somewhere, Valentine Country (Weekly Links)

Williams, Gosling, Blue Valentine

Reviews I wrote for the Herald this week:

Somewhere. “More often, the conclusions here are so obvious they feel belabored.”

Casino Jack. “There’s only so much sleaze a movie can absorb.”

Blue Valentine. “An actor’s showcase, and that turns out to be both its strength and its weakness.”

Country Strong. “Requires an exuberant hokum.”

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. “It’s a fair question to wonder whether the drama stops for the music, or the other way around.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about Casino Jack; because two of that film’s people have recently died (director George Hickenlooper and actor Maury Chaykin), this leads into some thoughts on movie people who died in 2010. Listen here; the movie bit kicks in around 14:05.

Today’s movie over at my website of Eighties pictures, What a Feeling!: Say Anything….