Inherent Selma Walks (This Week’s Movies)

Sheila Vand, A Girl Walk Home Alone at Night

Sheila Vand, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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

Selma. “Even when it feels like a civics class, Selma benefits from its timing.” (In case of Herald paywall, Seattle Weekly version here.)

Inherent Vice. “Puzzled.”

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. “She has a great vampire vibe.” (Weekly version here.)

Life Partners. “Everybody tries too hard to convince us of how funny and informal it all is.” (Weekly version here.)

At the Overlook Podcast, Steve Scher and I look at the upcoming film calendar and gauge our levels of anticipation for 2015 titles to come. Listen here, and look through our past installments, too.

I stopped by KIRO radio’s “Mark Rahner Show” again last week, where we talked about my 10 best list and Mark correctly guessed my worst film of 2014. Also, a few comments on showbiz deaths of 2014.

This Sunday, Jan. 11, I’ll give a talk called “The Dream Factory: How Hollywood Created the Star,” at Harbour Pointe in Mukilteo, WA. We’ll look at some of the early examples of the studio-system star, a remarkable period with some fascinating stories. The talk is free; find more info here and here.

And Thursday, Jan. 15, 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.

Summer’s Purge (This Week’s Movies)

Amanda Langlet, Melvil Poupaud: Worth the wait in Eric Rohmer's A Summer's Tale

Amanda Langlet, Melvil Poupaud: Worth the wait in Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale

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

A Summer’s Tale. “Rohmer, as always, has the touch when it comes to tracking the tiny shifts in intensity between people.”

The Purge: Anarchy. “A big improvement on the original.”

Wish I Was Here. “Unwaveringly earnest.”

As It Is in Heaven. “Purified, stripped bare, and ornament-free.”

Sunday, July 20, the talkers of Framing Pictures (in this case Richard T. Jameson, Bruce Reid, and yours truly) will return for another discussion on movies. We’ll be at the Northwest Film Forum at 5:30, and the event is free; topics include the concept of the guilty pleasure, Richard Linklater’s long-gestating Boyhood, and Eric Rohmer’s long-arriving A Summer’s Tale. Check out our Facebook page for updates here.

As for the previous session of Framing Pictures, it’s being broadcast this weekend on the Seattle Channel (often channel 21 around here) at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights as well as thereafter (check the schedule); you can also watch it online right here. The conversation ranges across Snowpiercer, Jersey Boys, The Rover, and Edge of Tomorrow.

Tuesday July 22, join me in Olympia, WA, for “The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film,” a talk in the Humanities Washington Speakers series. This one’s a look at some of the kookier ways movies have treated original texts: how The Odyssey became O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Tempest turned into Forbidden Planet – that kind of thing. In the meantime, we’ll think about how movies differ from literature, always a rich subject. This is at 6:30 p.m., Olympia Timberland Library,  and it’s free.

We used to talk on the radio, and now we podcast. Steve Scher and I invite you to check in to another session of the Overlook Podcast, in which we talk about Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and how the cinema uses time as a subject. That one’s here. And if you’re still catching up and have a half-hour to kill, listen to our super-sized episode, which ranges from the mistreatment of movies shown in public places to Snowpiercer and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. That one’s here.