Bride of Wrestler Wars (Weekly Links)

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Mickey in Excelsis

My reviews from this week’s Herald.

The Wrestler. “He looks like he lost a head-on encounter with a snow plow, his voice is shredded into tatters….”

Bride Wars. “Groan-worthy.”

Not Easily Broken. “…the movie makes plain where the problem is. The wife needs to get her priorities straight, stop nagging her man, and have some babies.”

Azur & Asmar. “Imagine something between ‘South Park’ and Matisse’s paper collages.”

The Unborn. “Oldman goes for the flat-out Rod Steiger ‘Amityville Horror’ approach.”

Plus an interview with Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky.

On the Seattle Channel’s ArtZone in Studio, I speak with Nancy Guppy about The Wrestler and other year-end business; watch here.

Movie Diary 1/7/2009

Not Easily Broken (Bill Duke, 2009). Another one from the pen of mega-evangelist T.D. Jakes, who wrote the novel basis of Woman, Thou Art Loosed, an amazingly lurid melodrama. That description is meant as a compliment; the 2004 film is like something from another era, or planet. This one, alas, is toned down and tamed. Jakes doesn’t take the preacher role this time; he plays a wealthy prospective home buyer — “Gospel of Prosperity,” and all that. (full review 1/9)