Into the Eyes (This Week’s Movies)

Amy Adams, Big Eyes

Amy Adams, Big Eyes

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

Into the Woods. “Still a bit of a subversive message peeking through.” (In case of Herald paywall, Weekly version here.)

Unbroken. “Plays it straight and old-fashioned, as befits its determined central character.”

The Imitation Game. “The real reason to like this movie is that it’s so diligently pro-weirdo.” (Weekly version here.)

The Gambler. “Skillfully played.”

Big Eyes. “The movie needs a complicating subplot, but there’s nothing else going on.”

At the Overlook Podcast, Steve Scher and I talk about three of the year’s notable films: Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin, and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Give a listen here.

I visited the “Mark Rahner Show” on KIRO radio last week, and we talked about the final episode of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, plus some quick thoughts on The Interview affair. Listen up here.



Frankentaken (Weekly Links)

E. Gore, working on a hunch

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

Frankenweenie. “Big monster apocalypse.”

Taken 2. “Besson always has an ingenious idea or two stashed away in his bank of movie concepts.”

Butter. “An innate gift for shaping dairy products into art.”

The Oranges. “No real bite and no special perspective.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about how kids will be freaked out by Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, and folks share their early experiences being scared. The talk is archived here; the movie section commences at the 21:55 mark.

Film Comment posted some old New York Film Festival wrap-ups, including the one I contributed  in 1994, the year Pulp Fiction led things off. I later came to love Chungking Express and felt even more strongly about Cold Water than I do here, so there.

I believe I’m popping up today on KCPQ’s (that’s Channel 13 in Seattle) 4 o’clock news hour, to briefly tick off the weekend’s openings. That’s around 4:40 or so.

At What a Feeling!, the week of Eighties movies is rounded off with a review of Back to School, the high-water mark of Rodney Dangerfield’s leading-man career.

Dark Summer (Weekly Links)

Depp and the bangs from hell: Dark Shadows

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

Dark Shadows. “A series of sequences that Burton thought might be fun to stage.”

Michael. “A calmly sustained study in creepiness.”

Summer preview. One of those summer previews.

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Marcie Sillman about Dark Shadows and the phenomenon of seeing a childhood reference getting a big-screen update. The talk is archived here; the movie section rolls at the 16:10 mark.

Today, at 5 p.m. at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave., between Pike and Pine on Capitol Hill) , the critics of Framing Pictures sit down for another deep-ranging conversation about movies. These sessions have been very scintillating so far, and subjects for tonight are rumored to include Tim Burton, the NWFF’s restoration festival, and the effect of shared associations with the source material of movies such as The Avengers and Dark Shadows. It’s free. Find our Facebook page, “Like” it, and keep up with  the latest.

The Museum of History and Industry hosts its second annual “History Is___” party on Saturday night, where the awards for the best short films in the history-related competition will be announced. I was a juror in the voting, and will be lurking around trying to get free drink tickets.

At What a Feeling!, a week of youth-oriented movies from the 1980s concludes with reviews of Wolfgang Peterson’s Neverending Story and Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me.