Movie Diary 4/12/2010

Carrie (Brian DePalma, 1976). You probably know this movie. DePalma’s usual mix of elegance and clumsiness laid very bare. The bravura stuff still works really beautifully. Though set in the Seventies, it feels much more like the adolescent turf of DePalma and Stephen King, the 1950s.

In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008). This will end up being a movie to put on every now and then. It all works, even McDonagh’s reaches. A fine-tuned watch: even a man coming up short of coins at a tourist stop will pay off later.

No One Knows About Persian Cats (Bhaman Ghobadi, 2009). An offbeat film for the blunt but talented Ghobadi, full of contemporary Iranian pop music. (full review 4/30)

Barking Water (Sterlin Harjo, 2009). It’s all pretty earnest, but the road-movie aspects of this Native American indie are beguiling and non-glamorized, and the whole thing has a nicely-judged rhythm. (full review 4/16)

WarGames (John Badham, 1983). I remember seeing Matthew Broderick sprint up the stairs at Red Square on the University of Washington campus one day while they were filming this thing. The rest of it looks kind of silly now.

The Eclipse (Conor McPherson, 2009). The low-key nature of this Irish literary satire/ghost story is appealing, and the turns by Ciaran Hinds, Iben Hjejle (I always think I’m going to spell her name right without checking IMDb, but I never do), and Aidan Quinn make it watchable. (full review 4/16)

Seven Pounds of Timecrimes (Weekly Links)

My reviews for the Herald this week. Some kind of glitch has left the star ratings wrong, so I include them below, if that’s your bag:

Hector #1: Timecrimes

Yes Man. 2 and 1/2.

Seven Pounds. 2 and 1/2.

Timecrimes. 3 and 1/2. It’s a beaut.

The Tale of Despereaux. 2 and 1/2.

Save Me. 2 and 1/2.

And on KUOW, I talk with Jeremy Richards about a trio of overlooked 2008 movies: In Bruges, Married Life, and Priceless. Movie talk begins at 34:00 into the program: here. And click on title for a link to the Herald review: In Bruges, Married Life, Priceless.

Movie Diary 12/9/2008

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Scott Derrickson, 2008). Don’t hold your breath for “Klaatu, barada nikto.” (full review 12/12)

Valkyrie (Bryan Singer, 2008). Maybe there are people who aren’t interested in World War II movies about plots to kill Hitler. Whatever. I would probably watch this movie if it were directed by the guy who did The Day the Earth Stood Still. (full review 12/25)

Also, my wife, Mrs. Robert Horton, was watching In Bruges while I was writing my review of The Day the Earth Stood Still, and I had to watch a couple of scenes. This movie (and Brendan Gleeson’s performance) needs to turn up in some critics’ year-end accountings, soon.