Movie Diary 12/22/2010

The trade paperback of Rotten (first six issues) is finally – finally – out this week. Hie thee to the nearest comic book shop, or, if you must, order it online. You could start at the publisher’s website: Moonstone. Noodle around at the Rotten tab above for more information and links.

The 2010 Critics Wrap (an annual panel of Seattle film critics sorting through the year’s best movies), held at the Frye Art Museum last week, will be broadcast in a one-hour format on the Seattle Channel (channel 21 hereabouts) beginning Thursday night at 11 p.m.; you can also watch it online after it debuts. The schedule is here.

Today’s Eighties movie at my other website, What a Feeling!, a growing thicket of 1980s movie-ness: Ernest Saves Christmas. I am sorry; you go to battle with the decade you have, not the decade you want.

Critics Wrap 2008 (More Links)

An edited, one-hour version of the 2008 “Critics Wrap” at the Frye Art Museum is now available to watch online: sit back and check it out here. On Dec. 5 I talked with Kathleen Murphy, Jim Emerson, and Andrew Wright about the best movies of the year (an earlier post describes the event: here), and the Seattle Channel’s Shannon Gee and Tom Speer were there to immortalize the night.  It will also repeat for a few days on the Seattle Channel (that’s channel 21 on most Seattle cable systems), beginning Dec. 26 at 10 p.m., Dec. 27 at 9 p.m., and Jan. 1 at 11 p.m.

One more new review from the Herald for today: Late Bloomer.

Critics Wrap 2008

Last night’s fourth annual Critics Wrap at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle was, as expected, a much-needed chance to talk in depth about the movies in 2008 that mattered. We didn’t get to all the films we could’ve talked about, but that’s the nature of the beast. Kathleen Murphy navigated the unpredictable rhythms of A Christmas Tale, Jim Emerson went to the wall for Pineapple Express (after making sure that some of the audience had, at one time, watched a movie in an altered state), and Andy Wright emerged unbowed after making his case for The Dark Knight, a choice that triggered an old-school Siskbert battle on the subject. Consensus approval for Let the Right One In, Wendy and Lucy, and In Bruges followed.

As for me, after notably beginning the discussion by forgetting to introduce the panelists until five minutes into it (there’s such a thing as being too comfortable during these things), I attempted to describe the criss-crossings of The Edge of Heaven by repeatedly interlacing my fingers. Whatever. At least the evening gave me an excuse to wear the green velvet jacket I bought at a thrift store a couple of weeks ago.

So thanks to the panelists, to Mary Jane Knecht and TJ Johnson and the folks at the Frye, to the Seattle Channel, and to the audience. The event will be televised, on the Seattle Channel (that’s channel 21 on most Seattle cable), on Dec. 25 at 11 p.m. (just right for a little Christmas wind-down), and then repeat on Dec. 26 at 10 p.m.; Dec. 27 at 9 p.m.; Jan. 1 at 11 p.m.; and thereafter. After the first telecast it will also be watchable from the Seattle Channel’s website: http://seattlechannel.org/.

To check the individual ten-best lists, click the Frye page of past Magic Lantern topics: here.

Update: The link to an edited one-hour version of the evening: here.

Cadillac Punisher Stranded (Weekly Links)

cadillac5Movies I reviewed for the Herald this week.

Punisher: War Zone.

Cadillac Records.

Nobel Son.

Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane that Crashed in the Mountains.

Great Speeches from a Dying World.

And if you’re in the Seattle area, please join us at 7:30 for tonight’s “Critics Wrap” at the Frye Art Museum. Jim Emerson, Kathleen Murphy, Andrew Wright and I will offer our top tens of 2008 — and listen to yours. More info here.

On the Seattle Channel, I talk with Nancy Guppy about Great Speeches and the DVD re-release of Chungking Express. And no, I am not hungover; I have a cold.  A little make-up works wonders. Watch it here.