First Bad Times (This Week’s Movies)

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Ryan Gosling: First Man (Universal Pictures)

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

First Man. “Even if First Man doesn’t fire on all cylinders, its unusual protagonist is fascinating in his blankness; here, the right stuff is downright cold-blooded. ” (Herald link here.)

Bad Times at the El Royale. “Doesn’t have quite enough twists to justify the 141-minute running time.”

My Seasoned Ticket throw-in for the Scarecrow Video blog is a collection of notes on Roger Corman horror films – yes, it is October. Read it here.

Attack the Crazy, Stupid Cowboys (Weekly Links)

Daniel Craig vs. Alien

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

Cowboys & Aliens. “The genre-bending weirdness of it all might make your head spin.”

Crazy, Stupid, Love. “Wacky humor and emotional authenticity in equal doses.”

Attack the Block/Sarah’s Key. “A string of hilarious one-liners and slangy non sequiturs”/”I didn’t buy it.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about modern alien invasion films such as Cowboys & Aliens and Attack the Block, and the GOP’s use of movie metaphor (Tea Party debt-ceiling intransigence=Alec Guinness in Bridge on the River Kwai, for instance). Alas, this was broadcast just before House Republicans watched The Town for inspiration. The conversation is archived here; the movie bit kicks in with the “Colonel Bogey March” around the 14:20 mark.

At What a Feeling!, we split the goal posts with a lovely sports movie, Roger Spottiswoode and Ron Shelton’s The Best of Times.