Scruggs, Widows, Beasts (This Week’s Movies)


Tim Blake Nelson: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (courtesy Netflix)

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

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. “It’s like a beautifully embroidered needlework laid across a gravesite.” (Herald link here.)

Widows. “tries to be a lot of different things: heist thriller, feminist statement, social-issue diagnosis. That’s a lot to bite off, and 129 minutes isn’t enough time for proper chewing.” (Weekly link here.)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. “Part Two of J.K. Rowling’s latest franchise is a bewildering bummer, a real misstep by this generally sure-footed storyteller.”

Parallax View continues looking at films and reviews from 1998, including my piece on Richard Kiwetnioski’s Love and Death on Long Island. Not a great review on my part, but a somewhat forgotten movie worth remembering.

A Seasoned Ticket offering for Scarecrow Video’s blog, this time a couple of reviews of two smallish Frederick Wiseman films, La danse and Boxing Gym. Read it here.


Socialisme of the Planet of the Apes (Weekly Links)

"Apes" turning point or "Film Socialisme" montage element?

Links to review I wrote this week for the Herald, and etc.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes. “There really is something kind of epic about seeing the simian heroes swarming across an American landmark.”

Film Socialisme. “It’s Godard’s ‘Odyssey’: a journey around Europe, weighing in at different ports and finding strange alien visions at each.” 

Another Earth. “Fantastical Earth II concept.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about drive-in movies, with notes on how to place the Drizzle Guard on your hood, as well as a couple of “Let’s All Go to the Lobby” bumpers. Talk is archived here; the movie bit kicks in around the 16-minute mark.

At What a Feeling!, a twofer review from 1987: the surfing picture North Shore and the slob comedy Disorderlies, starring the Fat Boys and Ralph Bellamy.