Holiday Hood (This Week’s Movies)

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Taron Egerton, Robin Hood (courtesy Lionsgate Summit Entertainment)

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

A streaming holiday movies article. (Herald version here.)

Robin Hood. “Trapped somewhere between the legit derring-do of Robin’s role in the resistance and the movie’s smirky attitude about the whole thing.”

 

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Just Letters to Robin (Weekly Links)

Blanchett, Crowe, Robin Hood

Reviews I wrote for the Herald this week, and more.

Robin Hood. “Leaves behind the twinkle of Errol Flynn.”

Letters to Juliet. “The peculiar, slightly spooky quality of Amanda Seyfried.”

Just Wright. “Mostly left up to the actors.”

The Secret of Kells. “You’ll need to be an animation buff to really swoon over it.”

On our “Cultural Moment” segment on KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about depictions of Mohammed and other religious figures, and the free-speech issues that attend; listen here. The movie bit begins around the 14-minute mark.

Also I contribute an old program note to the special Sam Peckinpah section at Parallax View, on the subject of Ride the High Country. My piece isn’t much beyond an introduction, but check out the strong writing on a great American filmmaker in the rest of the section.

Movie Diary 5/11/2010

Farewell (Christian Carion, 2009). Well-measured spy-movie stuff, with the bonus of Emir Kusturica as a Moscow official feeding info to the West in the early 1980s. (Seattle International Film Festival screenings 5/29, 5/31, 6/12)

The Concert (Radu Mihaileanu, 2009). The French can make big, square, crowd-pleasing pictures too, as they frequently remind us. This is one of those, with Melanie Laurent (of Inglourious Basterds) in support to many cute things. (SIFF screenings 5/21, 5/23, 5/28)

Robin Hood (Ridley Scott, 2010). Quite a few things to like about this one, but a stray observation: an extraordinary number of people in the nifty cast resemble Ridley Scott – small eyes, small nose, bluff manner. Check it out. (full review 5/14)