2014 Ten Best Movies (and etc.)

L'Air de Panache: Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel

L’Air de Panache: Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel

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

Winter Sleep. “How small incidents can open up an entire world.” (In case of Herald paywall, Weekly version here.)

Rocks in My Pockets. “It’s a rare movie that makes you want to check in on how the filmmaker is doing since completing the project.” (Weekly version here.)

And a top-ten list for 2014, for Seattle Weekly. For the Herald, there’s also a ten worst. Click on the links for details, but here’s the ten:

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)

2. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)

3. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)

4. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)

5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

6. Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier) and The Rover (David Michôd)

8. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)

9. The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones)

10. Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman)

There’s more Top Ten excavation at the 2014 Critics Wrap, where the discussion involves Jim Emerson, Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and me. It has one more broadcast on the Seattle Channel on Saturday January 3 at 9 p.m., and is watchable online here.

At the Overlook Podcast, Steve Scher and I talk about The Interview, does have some laughs and some political satire, layered in amid the raunch. Listen here.

I dropped by KIRO radio’s “Mark Rahner Show” again last week, where we talked about The Gambler and Into the Woods and other stuff. Listen here.


Anatolian Reunion (Weekly Links)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

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

American Reunion. “Very little pastry.”

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. “The more we get to know them, the greater the mystery becomes.”

The Salt of Life. “Not up to the standard of Mid-August Lunch.”

Footnote. “Pettiness, betrayal, back-biting.”

Four Lovers. “Too much flour in the wrong places?”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” we spoke of noir happenings in Seattle; the talk is archived here. The movie bit kicks in around the 21:40 mark.

Tonight (Friday) at 5 p.m. at the Northwest Film Forum, it’s another installment of “Framing Pictures,” three critics talking about movies in a longform sort of way. The critics are Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and myself, and the subjects will include Laura (a revival print shows at the NWFF) and critical reaction to The Hunger Games. Join the conversation; it’s a free event, with details here.

I’ll be leading a writing workshop called “How to Make Articulate Noise” at 826 Seattle on Tuesday night, April 10th, at 7 p.m. I think we’ll have a pretty good time, and the proceeds go to a good cause. Details here.

At What a Feeling!, another week of vintage Eighties reviews rounds off with pieces on Peter Hyams’ The Presidio and John Landis’s Coming to America.