Terminator Bloom (Weekly Links)

Movies I reviewed for the Herald this week.

Azaria in excelsis.

Azaria in excelsis.

Terminator Salvation. “Here comes my headache.”

Night in the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian. “Face-slapping Capuchin monkey.”

The Girlfriend Experience. “An inert presence.”

The Brothers Bloom. “Sophomore jinx.”

Rudo y Cursi. “Rancid in their ambitions.”

Seattle International Film Festival preview.

SIFF picks.

On the Seattle Channel’s Art Zone in Studio, I do some quick SIFF picks with Nancy Guppy: here.

And on KUOW-FM, I talk about SIFF and summer movies with Steve Scher: here.

Movie Diary 2/25/2009

LoulouRudo y Cursi (Carlos Cuaron, 2008). Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna (and your mother, too) reunited in an aggressively wacky story of small-town brothers swept up in soccer glory. Includes Bernal’s Spanish-language music video of “I Want You to Want Me.”

Ballerina (Bertrand Normand, 2006). Documentary look at some of the dancers of the Kirov, including the remarkable Diana Vishneva, who would’ve been a silent film star in the 1920s. (full review 2/27)

Pandora’s Box (G.W. Pabst, 1929). It’s one damn thing after another for Louise Brooks in Pabst’s most famous film, which is kind of overrated but kind of amazing at the same time. This was my first time watching the Criterion version of the film — a disc of decidedly variable quality.