Her Wolf Secret (Weekly Links)

Joaquin Phoenix, enjoying a day at the beach with Her.

Joaquin Phoenix, enjoying a day at the beach with Her.

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

The Wolf of Wall Street. “All this sound and fury falls short.”

Her. “This is a movie of breathtaking design and conventional ideas.”

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. “You can feel the movie straining to be something special.”

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. “The self-imposed tip-toeing required in the Great Man school of moviemaking.”

Grudge Match. “Doesn’t offend, although it rarely comes to life, either.”

Oh, and it’s Ten Best time, isn’t it? Here’s that article, with best and worst included. Here’s the non-annotated list:

  1. Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas)
  2. All Is Lost (J.C. Chandor)
  3. Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)
  4. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechice)
  5. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
  6. The Unspeakable Act (Dan Sallitt)
  7. Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
  8. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  9. Amour (Michael Haneke)
  10. “Like a Rolling Stone” video

Movie Diary 9/10/2008

Righteous Kill (Jon Avnet, 2008). At this point it’s a little like John Wayne cinching it up for another ride in late-career movies such as Big Jake and Chisum–your head said he was too old to actually catch the bad guys, but your heart (and years of imprinted movie memory) said otherwise. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are the cops in this crime saga, which is unmistakably the work of the director of Up Close & Personal.

Casting back to my review for the previous Pacino/Avnet effort from this year, 88 Minutes.