The Friday 11/5/2021

Ruth Negga: Passing (Netflix)

My piece for the Scarecrow blog this week, and etc.

Passing/Bergman Island. “The glance is key, and director Rebecca Hall knows it: not just “What are you doing?” or “Is that really you?” but also panic, embarrassment, curiosity, the urge to flee, and the desperate thrill of meeting someone who might understand you.”/”Minor by comparison.”

No new episode of “The Music and the Movies” this week (doing a live show on Halloween was quite enough, thank you), but you can still listen to the episode about music from Dracula films.

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 2 pm Pacific Time for a free Zoom discussion of Robert Altman’s 1973 neo-noir The Long Goodbye, offered as part of the Scarecrow Academy semester, “The Art in Noir: Film Noir and the Director.” Check the Academy page for info on how to register, and here’s my introduction.

At my other website, What a Feeling!, three 1980s movies are considered in vintage reviews: Carl Reiner’s Summer Rental, a John Candy vehicle not worthy of its great star; and a double review of Joseph Zito’s Invasion U.S.A., one of the most nauseating Chuck Norris pictures, and Mark L. Lester’s Commando, which finds Arnold Schwarzenegger in the immediate aftermath of The Terminator.

Late International Dead (This Week’s Movies)


Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver: The Dead Don’t Die (Focus Features)

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

The Dead Don’t Die. “Jarmusch, on a roll lately with Only Lovers Left Alive and Paterson, is on something like a vacation here, gathering his favorite actors and flipping the bird in the direction of modern society. Despite the bitter aftertaste, the film makes for strangely good company.”

Men in Black: International. “The movie stays low-key in a way that’s both agreeable and underwhelming.”

Late Night. “This movie’s sincere do-gooder attitude takes the edge off its better jokes.”

And a Seasoned Ticket post for Scarecrow Video’s blog, on Olivier Assayas’s new film, Non-Fiction. Read hereabouts.