Nothing Like the Earth Stood Still (Weekly Links)

Movies I reviewed for the Herald this week:

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A wing or a Leguizamo?

The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Nothing Like the Holidays.

My Name is Bruce.

Lake City.

Dark Streets.

Virtual JFK.

Also did a brief appreciation of Say Anything… (maybe the most representative movie ever made in Seattle?) for City Arts magazine: here.

And I get rained on and visit a location from the filming of The Changeling (not to be confused with Changeling) for a Seattle Channel piece about movies shot in Seattle. Click here. The movies bit begins around 15:50 if you want to click forward in the show.

Movie Diary 11/21/2008

quiller4The Quiller Memorandum (Michael Anderson, 1966). A Cold War movie in which almost nothing happens, scripted by Harold Pinter, with George Segal, Senta Berger and Alec Guinness. There were other bitter spy movies that reduced things way, way down (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and The Kremlin Letter, for two), but this is minimalist to a fault. John Barry did the music. I am officially curious about director Anderson, who did The Dam Busters and Logan’s Run and some famous flops, and who still seems to be working. He’s 89 in January. (And he should not be confused with Robert Stevenson, director of Mary Poppins, even though I half did that the first time I posted this — thank you RTJ.)

Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt, 2008). I couldn’t quite go along with Old Joy, try as I might. But this movie’s got it. (full review 1/23)

Dark Streets (Rachel Samuels, 2008). Stay tuned. (full review 12/12)