Cadillac Punisher Stranded (Weekly Links)

cadillac5Movies I reviewed for the Herald this week.

Punisher: War Zone.

Cadillac Records.

Nobel Son.

Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane that Crashed in the Mountains.

Great Speeches from a Dying World.

And if you’re in the Seattle area, please join us at 7:30 for tonight’s “Critics Wrap” at the Frye Art Museum. Jim Emerson, Kathleen Murphy, Andrew Wright and I will offer our top tens of 2008 — and listen to yours. More info here.

On the Seattle Channel, I talk with Nancy Guppy about Great Speeches and the DVD re-release of Chungking Express. And no, I am not hungover; I have a cold.  A little make-up works wonders. Watch it here.

Movie Diary 11/30/2008

They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948). This movie never loses its tender edge or its very specific kind of intimacy. And Gun Crazy, great as it is, owes it a nod.

The Haunted Castle (F.W. Murnau, 1921). This is a well-done mystery, but somehow in the next year Murnau would make the leap to Nosferatu. Either he needed more than the gimmick plot here, or something amazing was put in his mueslix. (Choice gray-market DVD footnote: This one soberly offers an FBI Warning at the beginning, then reveals the Turner Classic Movies logo bug twice during its running time. Nice try.)

Nobel Son (Randall Miller, 2007). From the director who brought you Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing…no, I don’t ever want to type that title again. (full review 12/5)