Favourite Roma (This Week’s Movies)


Yalitza Aparicio: Roma (courtesy Netflix)

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

Roma. “The way Cuarón accumulates details—the jumble of clothes drying on a roof, a broken jug after a New Year’s toast, the ubiquity of the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack in 1971—builds an elemental power.” (Herald link here.)

The Favourite. “Serves as a corrective to all those fluffy period movies where pretty costumes and set design function as the cinematic equivalent of a bubble bath.” (Herald link here.)

For my Seasoned Ticket contribution to the Scarecrow Video blog, I salute the opening of Lee Chang-dong’s remarkable new film Burning (which plays in Seattle this week at the Northwest Film Forum) and look back at his previous feature (eight years ago!), Poetry. Read it here.


Storm Journey Magic (This Week’s Movies)

Emma Stone and Colin Firth in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight

Emma Stone and Colin Firth in Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight

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

Into the Storm. “Sadly, the mayhem is periodically interrupted by scenes of people talking, although I use the terms ‘people’ and ‘talking’ loosely.”

The Hundred-Foot Journey. “As premeditated as a Marvel Comics blockbuster.” (If you have Herald paywall issues, the Seattle Weekly version is here.)

Magic in the Moonlight. “Allen’s job these days is creating fantasies that lead to some kind of truth.”

What If. “The wisecracking zingers and cascading conversations rarely pause.” (Seattle Weekly version here.)

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater. “Watching two directors play catch is not a guarantee of interest.” (Seattle Weekly version here.)

At the Overlook Podcast, Steve Scher and I talk about the levels of magic moonlit in Woody Allen’s latest film. Listen here.

Thursday August 14, join us for a “Summer at SAM” event at the Olympic Sculpture Park. At the “Art Hit Tour” at 6:30 my wife and I will lead a stroll as we cover two aspects of the park: its cinematic possibilities and ecological awareness. The event is free and there’s lots of other stuff going on to sample. Read more about that night and the other “Summer at SAM” events here. Check the environmental blog Present Occupant here.

Attack the Crazy, Stupid Cowboys (Weekly Links)

Daniel Craig vs. Alien

Links to reviews I wrote for the Herald this week, and etc.

Cowboys & Aliens. “The genre-bending weirdness of it all might make your head spin.”

Crazy, Stupid, Love. “Wacky humor and emotional authenticity in equal doses.”

Attack the Block/Sarah’s Key. “A string of hilarious one-liners and slangy non sequiturs”/”I didn’t buy it.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about modern alien invasion films such as Cowboys & Aliens and Attack the Block, and the GOP’s use of movie metaphor (Tea Party debt-ceiling intransigence=Alec Guinness in Bridge on the River Kwai, for instance). Alas, this was broadcast just before House Republicans watched The Town for inspiration. The conversation is archived here; the movie bit kicks in with the “Colonel Bogey March” around the 14:20 mark.

At What a Feeling!, we split the goal posts with a lovely sports movie, Roger Spottiswoode and Ron Shelton’s The Best of Times.