Inherent Selma Walks (This Week’s Movies)

Sheila Vand, A Girl Walk Home Alone at Night

Sheila Vand, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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

Selma. “Even when it feels like a civics class, Selma benefits from its timing.” (In case of Herald paywall, Seattle Weekly version here.)

Inherent Vice. “Puzzled.”

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. “She has a great vampire vibe.” (Weekly version here.)

Life Partners. “Everybody tries too hard to convince us of how funny and informal it all is.” (Weekly version here.)

At the Overlook Podcast, Steve Scher and I look at the upcoming film calendar and gauge our levels of anticipation for 2015 titles to come. Listen here, and look through our past installments, too.

I stopped by KIRO radio’s “Mark Rahner Show” again last week, where we talked about my 10 best list and Mark correctly guessed my worst film of 2014. Also, a few comments on showbiz deaths of 2014.

This Sunday, Jan. 11, I’ll give a talk called “The Dream Factory: How Hollywood Created the Star,” at Harbour Pointe in Mukilteo, WA. We’ll look at some of the early examples of the studio-system star, a remarkable period with some fascinating stories. The talk is free; find more info here and here.

And Thursday, Jan. 15, join the talkers of Framing Pictures as we sort through the holiday-season aftermath. Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy and I will meet at the Screening Room in Scarecrow Video at 5 p.m. for this free event; drinks will be on sale.

Her Wolf Secret (Weekly Links)

Joaquin Phoenix, enjoying a day at the beach with Her.

Joaquin Phoenix, enjoying a day at the beach with Her.

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

The Wolf of Wall Street. “All this sound and fury falls short.”

Her. “This is a movie of breathtaking design and conventional ideas.”

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. “You can feel the movie straining to be something special.”

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. “The self-imposed tip-toeing required in the Great Man school of moviemaking.”

Grudge Match. “Doesn’t offend, although it rarely comes to life, either.”

Oh, and it’s Ten Best time, isn’t it? Here’s that article, with best and worst included. Here’s the non-annotated list:

  1. Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas)
  2. All Is Lost (J.C. Chandor)
  3. Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)
  4. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechice)
  5. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
  6. The Unspeakable Act (Dan Sallitt)
  7. Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
  8. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  9. Amour (Michael Haneke)
  10. “Like a Rolling Stone” video