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 11/18/2008

Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008). A director who can make a personal film from the birth of Christ (and Hardwicke did it, in The Nativity Story, a widely dismissed film that impressed me more than her official breakout, Thirteen) has got something going for her. Hiring her was the smartest move for this putatively Potter-ific new franchise. (full review 11/21)

The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky, 2008) and Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the MIstress, and the Tangerine (Marion Cajori, Amei Wallach, 2008). Just to list a pair of movies that have nothing in common, except the body as sculpture. (full reviews TBD and 11/28)