State of Anvil Again (Weekly Links)

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Raise your goblet of Anvil.

Reviews for the Herald, and a TV appearance below.

State of Play. “Nostalgia for a vanishing form of newspapering.”

17 Again. “It feels like the 80s in more ways than one.”

Anvil: The Story of Anvil. “Head-bangingly incredible levels of unknowing self-parody.”

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. “Killing a summer.”

Paris 36. “Toothache.”

I speak of Anvil and pick the best of the current coming-of-age movies with Nancy Guppy on ArtZone in Studio; watch here.

And more: talking about Heddy Honigmann’s Forever and the late Maurice Jarre; Death and the Movies, on KUOW. Listen here.

Movie Diary 1/14/2009

secretsParis 36 (Christophe Barratier, 2008). From the guy who did Les Choristes. If that’s not enough information, the film’s about a music hall in Thirties Paris, shuttered but then re-opened by a spirited group of actors and crew — kind of like Hotel for Dogs but with French people.

Secrets of a Soul (G.W. Pabst, 1926). Unusual, not to say daffy, drama attempting to bring psychoanalytic ideas to the movie screen. Not surprisingly, it’s the dream sequences that allow for the greatest visual extravagance. Werner Krauss plays the patient, a man who cannot touch a knife or give his wife a child.