Step Up Middle Guys (Weekly Links)

Exploring Other-ness: Ferrell and Wahlberg.

Movies I reviewed for the Herald this week.

The Other Guys. “Beware the tuna that walks on land.”

Step Up 3D. “One frequently wonders whether the filmmakers intended ‘Step Up 3D’ to be a parody of itself.”

Middle Men. “The seedy milieu feels standard.”

The Concert. “So eager to assure us of the indomitable human spirit and the power of music that it very nearly made me stop believing in both.”

Farewell. “The basic satisfactions of a spy picture.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.

The Wildest Dream. “A harrowing account of what it’s like in the ‘Death Zone.'”

Great Directors. “If you don’t see many movies or you’ve never watched DVD extra features, this might be an interesting way to spend 90 minutes.”

No KUOW this week. Next week brings a new issue (#7) of Rotten, plus the trade paperback of the first six issues. Don’t wait for both to sell out, as issue #1 did; act now, people.

Movie Diary 5/11/2010

Farewell (Christian Carion, 2009). Well-measured spy-movie stuff, with the bonus of Emir Kusturica as a Moscow official feeding info to the West in the early 1980s. (Seattle International Film Festival screenings 5/29, 5/31, 6/12)

The Concert (Radu Mihaileanu, 2009). The French can make big, square, crowd-pleasing pictures too, as they frequently remind us. This is one of those, with Melanie Laurent (of Inglourious Basterds) in support to many cute things. (SIFF screenings 5/21, 5/23, 5/28)

Robin Hood (Ridley Scott, 2010). Quite a few things to like about this one, but a stray observation: an extraordinary number of people in the nifty cast resemble Ridley Scott – small eyes, small nose, bluff manner. Check it out. (full review 5/14)