Lady Call (This Week’s Movies)


Noemie Merlant, Adele Haenel: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Neon)

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

Portrait of a Lady on Fire. “Brightly colored but also cool and crisp; you can feel the brisk sea air in its scenes of women striding along the coast.”

The Call of the Wild. “Kiddie fare, and not especially distinguished as that. But it does come to life when Ford and the other old wolves get their due.”

At What a Feeling!, more 1980s reviews posted this week: Jay Russell’s End of the Line, Peter Markle’s Bat 21, Eugene Corr’s Desert Bloom, and George Miller’s (but not that George Miller’s) The Man from Snowy River.

Tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 p.m. at Scarecrow Video, we’ll continue with The Art in Horror: Horror and the Director, a series in Scarecrow Academy. The topic for the day is Carl Th. Dreyer’s Vampyr (1932), and the event is free.

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.