Wendy and Lucy (Weekly Links)

wendy1That’s right, didn’t see the multiplex movies this week. But I reviewed one film for the Herald, and it’s enough:

Wendy and Lucy. “Reichardt’s style doesn’t tell you what to feel, but you will feel plenty.”

Also, the Oscar reaction show on KUOW-FM: here.

And more radio: I talk with KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel about politics, film and the dangers of believing in “stories,” including some takes on Frost/Nixon and the real Frost and Nixon, Che, and W. Listen here; the film bit starts at 34:04.

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.

Valkyrie.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Frost/Nixon.

The Reader.

The Spirit.

Marley & Me.

Doubt.

Movie Diary 11/19/2008

Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard, 2008). One thing missing, but it’s key: Nixon’s self-pitying laugh. (full review 12/12)

Australia (Baz Luhrmann, 2008). It’s a Baz Lurhmann movie. (full review 11/26)

Four Christmases (Seth Gordon, 2008). You may say that nothing could be as bad as this movie’s trailer, which I have surely seen 17 times now. You would be right. (full review 11/26)

Obscene (Daniel O’Connor, Neil Ortenberg, 2007). The ups and down of Grove Press publisher and First Amendment champ Barney Rossett, with archive footage that includes the occasional truly zany nugget, like Lenny Bruce reading from Tropic of Cancer. (full review 11/21)