Torino, Valkyrie, Nixon & Me (Weekly Links)

Here are links to my Herald reviews of the Christmas crop. A typical year-end group: prestige pictures that require the seasonal shine, movies with downbeat endings (Hitler lives, the dog dies), multiplex fodder needing the overflow business (that would be a superhero movie starring…Gabriel Macht?), and a relaxed Clint Eastwood entertainment that turns out to be the best of the lot.

grantorinoGran Torino.


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.


The Reader.

The Spirit.

Marley & Me.


Seven Pounds of Timecrimes (Weekly Links)

My reviews for the Herald this week. Some kind of glitch has left the star ratings wrong, so I include them below, if that’s your bag:

Hector #1: Timecrimes

Yes Man. 2 and 1/2.

Seven Pounds. 2 and 1/2.

Timecrimes. 3 and 1/2. It’s a beaut.

The Tale of Despereaux. 2 and 1/2.

Save Me. 2 and 1/2.

And on KUOW, I talk with Jeremy Richards about a trio of overlooked 2008 movies: In Bruges, Married Life, and Priceless. Movie talk begins at 34:00 into the program: here. And click on title for a link to the Herald review: In Bruges, Married Life, Priceless.

Movie Diary 12/3/2008

Revolutionary Road (Sam Mendes, 2008) and Doubt (John Patrick Shanley, 2008). Two movies in the same day photographed by Roger Deakins is a treat all by itself, and so are the ambitions of these literary adaptations. Amongst the E-ticket performances: how do you beat Kate Winslet? (full reviews 1/2 and 12/12, respectively)