Clash of the Last Song (Weekly Links)

Elina Lowensohn, impeccable in Lourdes

Reviews I wrote for the Herald this week:

Clash of the Titans. “That’s just like the gods, always messing about for the sake of messing about.”

The Last Song. “Might be bearable as entertaining junk if it weren’t for the funereal pace.”

Lourdes. “Perhaps you’re supposed to take them on faith.”

Vincere. “How people are seduced by demagogues.”

The Exploding Girl. (Not yet posted.)

And I talk with KUOW’s Steve Scher about Greenberg and the audience’s resistence to “unsympathetic” protagonists, here; the movie bit kicks in at the 14-minute point.

Movie Diary 3/31/2020

When You’re Strange (Tom DiCillo, 2009). A bunch of little-seen Doors footage, including some remarkable color stuff shot with Jim Morrison driving on a road to nowhere, makes an excuse for another run-through of the band’s trajectory. Given that new wrinkle, it would be nice to know what it is we are looking at.

Lourdes (Jessica Hausner, 2009). Deadpan account of a young woman (Sylvie Testud) in a wheelchair, tagging along on her religious group’s tour of the shrine. As the movie makes no bones about the status of Lourdes as a Las Vegas for the pious, you wonder how they got permission to film there. (full review 4/2)