Losers Through the Gift Shop

Banksy, or not, in Exit Through the Gift Shop

Reviews I wrote for the Herald this week:

The Back-Up Plan. “Lopez gets stuck in another subpar movie.”

The Losers. “A helicopter, a handful of bombs, and one really, really strong magnet.”

Exit Through the Gift Shop. “I don’t know what it is.”

Oceans. “Do NOT mess with a mantis shrimp.”

Ajami. “Battleground in their own back yard.”

Terribly Happy. “Surrounded by the kind of all-consuming marshland Anthony Perkins found so handy for hiding things in Psycho.”

The Square. “A downward spiral where men and women do the wrong things for the wrong reasons.” Plus an interview with director Nash Edgerton.

Also, I talked about the culture of the Confederate Pride movement with Steve Scher on KUOW’s “Weekday,” archived here. The conversation begins 14 minutes into the program.

Movie Diary 2/2/2010

Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton, 2010). There might be something interesting happening when the non-fantastical framing story goes like gangbusters and the Wonderland sequences run out of steam, but I’m not sure what. The first half of the movie, anyway, will remind you why you were ever a Burton fan. Nice work by Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska, and (vocally) Alan Rickman and Stephen Fry. (full review 3/5)

Terribly Happy (Henrik Ruben Genz, 2008). Denmark’s submission for the Oscars is a dark comedy, or a comic darkety, about a policeman exiled from Copenhagen to a weird little village where something very sinister may be circling him. It’s not quite as good as it should be, but the locals are a suitable group of gargoyles. (full review 3/12)