Summer’s Purge (This Week’s Movies)

Amanda Langlet, Melvil Poupaud: Worth the wait in Eric Rohmer's A Summer's Tale

Amanda Langlet, Melvil Poupaud: Worth the wait in Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale

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

A Summer’s Tale. “Rohmer, as always, has the touch when it comes to tracking the tiny shifts in intensity between people.”

The Purge: Anarchy. “A big improvement on the original.”

Wish I Was Here. “Unwaveringly earnest.”

As It Is in Heaven. “Purified, stripped bare, and ornament-free.”

Sunday, July 20, the talkers of Framing Pictures (in this case Richard T. Jameson, Bruce Reid, and yours truly) will return for another discussion on movies. We’ll be at the Northwest Film Forum at 5:30, and the event is free; topics include the concept of the guilty pleasure, Richard Linklater’s long-gestating Boyhood, and Eric Rohmer’s long-arriving A Summer’s Tale. Check out our Facebook page for updates here.

As for the previous session of Framing Pictures, it’s being broadcast this weekend on the Seattle Channel (often channel 21 around here) at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights as well as thereafter (check the schedule); you can also watch it online right here. The conversation ranges across Snowpiercer, Jersey Boys, The Rover, and Edge of Tomorrow.

Tuesday July 22, join me in Olympia, WA, for “The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film,” a talk in the Humanities Washington Speakers series. This one’s a look at some of the kookier ways movies have treated original texts: how The Odyssey became O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Tempest turned into Forbidden Planet – that kind of thing. In the meantime, we’ll think about how movies differ from literature, always a rich subject. This is at 6:30 p.m., Olympia Timberland Library,  and it’s free.

We used to talk on the radio, and now we podcast. Steve Scher and I invite you to check in to another session of the Overlook Podcast, in which we talk about Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and how the cinema uses time as a subject. That one’s here. And if you’re still catching up and have a half-hour to kill, listen to our super-sized episode, which ranges from the mistreatment of movies shown in public places to Snowpiercer and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. That one’s here.

Margaret on Grey (Weekly Links)

J. Cameron-Smith, Anna Paquin: mourning Margaret

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

Margaret. “A remarkable film.”

The Grey. “Begins like just another testosterone-filled hunk of implausibility and somehow finds its way toward, well, if not existential resonance, at least major coolness. Maybe both.”

Man on a Ledge. “Increasingly hard to believe.”

Albert Nobbs. “Scaled at just the right size.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk briefly with Steve Scher about Margaret and its Oscar shutout, then about other mistakes the Academy voters made. It’s archived here; the movie part rolls out at the 18:50 mark.

At What a Feeling!, the 1980s callback is for Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice.

Sunday afternoon, I introduce a DVD screening of Victor Erice’s Quince Tree Sun at the Frye Art Museum at 2 p.m.; the event is free (and re-scheduled from a snow day a couple of weeks ago).

Tuesday night, I’ll bring “Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s” to Horizon House in Seattle at 7 p.m. This is a free talk through the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. More info here.