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

Curling Edgar (Weekly Links)

DiCaprio and Dench, son and mother, J. Edgar

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

J. Edgar. “Eastwood seems drawn to the idea of a life led in secret.”

Le Havre. “A truly winning combination.”

Curling. “It all builds to a final shot that does what a final shot in a great movie should do: seem both surprising and inevitable.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about the who-could-have-predicted-this? career arc of Clint Eastwood; it’s archived here. The movie bit kicks in around the 14:25 mark.

At What a Feeling!, we find vintage reviews of Brian DePalma’s  The Untouchables, Bob Clark’s From the Hip, and Ivan Reitman’s (but really Bill Murray’s) Ghostbusters.

I’ll be presenting “Things to Come: Visions of the Future on Film” at two locations soon: at the Des Moines Library on Sunday November 13th at 2 p.m.; and at the Redmond Library on Monday the 14th at 7 p.m. The events are free.