Bride of Wrestler Wars (Weekly Links)

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Mickey in Excelsis

My reviews from this week’s Herald.

The Wrestler. “He looks like he lost a head-on encounter with a snow plow, his voice is shredded into tatters….”

Bride Wars. “Groan-worthy.”

Not Easily Broken. “…the movie makes plain where the problem is. The wife needs to get her priorities straight, stop nagging her man, and have some babies.”

Azur & Asmar. “Imagine something between ‘South Park’ and Matisse’s paper collages.”

The Unborn. “Oldman goes for the flat-out Rod Steiger ‘Amityville Horror’ approach.”

Plus an interview with Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky.

On the Seattle Channel’s ArtZone in Studio, I speak with Nancy Guppy about The Wrestler and other year-end business; watch here.

Movie Diary 1/8/2009

Backstairs (Leopold Jessner, 1921). Very simple story, incorporating Expressionist tendencies in the design of the handful of sets. The star is Henny Porten, one of Germany’s most popular stars of the era, who plays a maid with duties so repetitive they foreshadow Jeanne Dielman by 50 years.

The Unborn (David S. Goyer, 2009). Creepy-twin doings, with Gary Oldman as an exorcism-minded rabbi. Everybody’s in, right? (full review 1/10)

Berlin: Symphony of a City (Walter Ruttman, 1927). The classic city documentary, still classic, still haunting in that awful “what will all these people be doing in 15 years?” way.