30 Minutes to Nowhere (Weekly Links)

Toy guns and manboys, 30 Minutes or Less

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

Road to Nowhere. “Hellman still has an enormous amount of directing ‘touch.'”

30 Minutes or Less. “Overly reliant on the usual tropes.”

Final Destination 5. “A tremendous argument in favor of a jobs program involving infrastructure.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about a handful of 2011 movie centenaries: Bernard Herrmann, Lucille Ball, Nicholas Ray, Ronald Reagan, with exit music from Nino Rota. It’s archived here; the movie bit kicks in at the 14-minute mark, with a cross-fade from “Let’s All Go to the Lobby” to Vertigo.

At my other website, What a Feeling!, an Eighties review of Alan Rudolph’s Choose Me, a big indie hit from before they called them indies.

Calendar notice: Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m., I talk at the Frye Art Museum on “The Anatomy Class: Cinema and the Body,” a look at some filmmakers who use the human form in evocative ways. More info here.

Oscar Shorts Eagle with It (Weekly Links)

Aniston, Sandler, going with it

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

The Eagle. “Dances with Wolves was then, and this is now.”

Just Go with It. “Loosey-goosey affection for letting actors stretch out and play.”

Gnomeo & Juliet. “Much lawn destruction ensues.”

The Taqwacores. “Doesn’t back away from complicated stuff.”

Oscar-nominated shorts. “They look like audition pieces for bigger things.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about movies and true stories – from the mythology of Ronald Reagan to the fact-bending of The King’s Speech and The Social Network. Archived here; the movie bit kicks in at 14:58.

I give my talk in the Humanities Washington speakers program – “Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s” – on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Sylvan Way Library in Bremerton. So if you’re anywhere near the Kitsap Peninsula, watch the skies. Info here.

At my other website, What a Feeling!, we’re doing music movies from the 1980s. Today: Stop Making Sense.