Crossing Everlasting on the Left (Weekly Links)

Movies I reviewed for the Herald this week:


Everlasting Moments

The Betrayal. “The Academy blew it.”

Everlasting Moments. “Fleeting bits of truth and beauty.”

The Last House on the Left. “Everybody seems to be standing around stupefied all the time.”

Crossing Over. “Incongruities piling on top of each other.”

Race to Witch Mountain. “Wouldn’t you just shape-shift yourself into something more palatable?”

Beauty in Trouble. “Wine with cola dumped in it.”

And TV-wise: I talk about The Betrayal and a couple of bad Paul Newman DVDs on ArtZone in Studio with Nancy Guppy. Watch here; the film bit comes on around 3:49 into it.

Movie Diary 3/11/2009

Race to Witch Mountain (Andy Fickman, 2009). In the opening credits, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton are seen acknowledging the presence of aliens on the planet, an alternate-history gambit that maybe doesn’t rival Watchmen but at least doesn’t take as damn long. Also, this movie might have the most mind-boggling allusion to the Patriot Act yet. (full review 3/13)

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (Kevin Rafferty, 2008). Football, a great game, gets its own When We Were Kings. As good as the story is, this is one of the barest-boned documentaries ever: nothing but talking-head interviews and original broadcast footage of the 1968 Harvard-Yale game. (full review 3/20)

My Man Godfrey (Gregory LaCava, 1936). Watched the Criterion edition, a great print for a movie that barely pauses its forward momentum. Like so many Depression-era studio films, its relevance is all too fresh these days.