The Friday 11/5/2021

Ruth Negga: Passing (Netflix)

My piece for the Scarecrow blog this week, and etc.

Passing/Bergman Island. “The glance is key, and director Rebecca Hall knows it: not just “What are you doing?” or “Is that really you?” but also panic, embarrassment, curiosity, the urge to flee, and the desperate thrill of meeting someone who might understand you.”/”Minor by comparison.”

No new episode of “The Music and the Movies” this week (doing a live show on Halloween was quite enough, thank you), but you can still listen to the episode about music from Dracula films.

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 2 pm Pacific Time for a free Zoom discussion of Robert Altman’s 1973 neo-noir The Long Goodbye, offered as part of the Scarecrow Academy semester, “The Art in Noir: Film Noir and the Director.” Check the Academy page for info on how to register, and here’s my introduction.

At my other website, What a Feeling!, three 1980s movies are considered in vintage reviews: Carl Reiner’s Summer Rental, a John Candy vehicle not worthy of its great star; and a double review of Joseph Zito’s Invasion U.S.A., one of the most nauseating Chuck Norris pictures, and Mark L. Lester’s Commando, which finds Arnold Schwarzenegger in the immediate aftermath of The Terminator.

Partridge Transcendence (Weekly Links)

Johnny Depp, proposing Transcendence

Johnny Depp, proposing Transcendence

Links to reviews I wrote this week for the Herald and Seattle Weekly.

Transcendence. “Even the sure-fire gotcha moments don’t land with the expected punch.”

Joe. “A textured world of shacks, dirt roads, and long-simmering resentments.”

Alan Partridge. “Toxic egotism.”

Steve Scher and I continue the ongoing conversation that is the Overlook Podcast. The latest session delves into Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin; sink into that here.