The Friday 8/27/2021

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II: Candyman (Universal Pictures)

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

Candyman. “It reminds you how infrequently, even in horror, movies today are willing to take a main character and make him wildly unsympathetic.”

I have a new installment of my radio show, “The Music and the Movies,” up this week. Our subject this time is “21st Century Film Composers (Who Are Not Men),” a look at exciting film-scoring work from female and non-binary composers. Expect to hear stuff from Mica Levi (Under the Skin), Hildur Gudnadottir (Joker), Anna Meredith (Eighth Grade), and others.

The previous episode, on the great Miklos Rozsa, will be online for a few more days. And if these links are dead when you read this in the future, you can go to my page at Voice of Vashon and see what’s live.

Two vintage 1980s reviews posted at my other blog, What a Feeling!, this week: Michael Almereyda’s Twister, a wacky family cult thing with Harry Dean Stanton; and Jeff Kanew’s Troop Beverly Hills, another stab at making Shelley Long a movie star.