Want Second Part (This Week’s Movies)


Jason Jones, Taraji P. Henson: What Men Want (Paramount Pictures)

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

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. “If the sequel doesn’t have the nonstop zing of the first movie, it’s still the kind of thing that makes you grin from beginning to end.” (Herald link here.)

What Men Want. “This kind of comedy should look effortless, but everybody here is working very, very hard.”

Capernaum. “Zain Al Rafeea gives one of those indelible child performances, showing the tough street-kid exterior while allowing the frightened vulnerability to show through.”

Hey, Seattle is allegedly about to be hit by a hefty snowstorm, so we are POSTPONING the Scarecrow Academy scheduled for Feb. 9. Instead, we will flip the session to Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. The movie in question is a little number called North by Northwest.

My Seasoned Ticket piece at the Scarecrow blog this week re-visits Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape, and the time Soderbergh came for a SIFF visit.


People Like Ted Magic (Weekly Links)

Talking bear reveals he’s more of a Sarrisite than a Paulette.

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

Magic Mike. “Interesting beyond its obvious future as a DVD at countless bachelorette parties to come.”

Ted. “The anti-Toy Story.”

People Like Us. “Yes, this could happen in real life. That doesn’t make it any less tedious to sit through.”

God Bless America. “You might feel as though you’ve gotten stuck in the seat at the bar next to the guy who ‘wants to get a few things off his chest.'”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” my conversation with Steve Scher connects Steven Soderbergh, Nora Ephron, and Andrew Sarris. The show is archived here; the movie widget begins at the 18:10 mark.

At What a Feeling!, yet another week of Eighties movie reviews rounds off with a take on Sidney Lumet’s star-studded, sleep-inducing Family Business.

For a Film Comment online tribute, I contribute a memory of the time Andrew Sarris came to Seattle and gave a heroic talk. It’s here, nestled in with Sarris-related memories from Kent Jones, Glenn Kenny, Phillip Lopate.

Extremely Haywire (Weekly Links)

Gina Carano, Haywire

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

Haywire. “She sprints through alleyways like the ground is on fire.”

Red Tails. “Operates at a TV-movie level.”

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. “It’s the contrived premise itself that makes the movie falter.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about snow movies. Did the show remote, over the phone. We talk about the weather, too. Did I mention it snowed this week in Seattle? The show is here; the movie stuff begins around the 21:20 mark.

At What a Feeling!, the Eighties lookbacks include reviews of Ridley Scott’s Legend and Robert Zemeckis’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

See you Saturday afternoon at the Kirkland Library, where I will deliver “Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s,” a talk in the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program, at 2 p.m. It’s free.

Higher Contagion Warrior (Weekly Links)

Jennifer Ehle, contagiously great

Links to review I wrote for the Herald, and etc.

Contagion. “A slick, cold feel that fits the clockwork mechanism.”

Warrior. “Blunt-object insistence on stacking the deck.”

Higher Ground. “A better filmmaker might have rounded off its rough edges, but might also have lost what is distinctive and thought-provoking about it.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Marcie Sillman about Contagion and other end-of-the-world movies, with lots of listener calls. It’s archived here; the movie bit erupts at the 14-minute mark.

I also sit in on the Stack of Dimes podcast this week, a bit of summer recapping and fall previewing. Check it here.

Next Thursday night I’ll be in Richland, WA, to deliver “Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s,” at the Richland Public Library at 7 p.m. Details here.

At What a Feeling!, a 1984 consideration of The Natural, Barry Levinson’s myth-making baseball picture.