Arts This Weekend at the Movies
posted by March 23 at 18:15 PMon
There are way too many movies opening this week. So first, a news breather:
SIFF Group has hired a full-time programmer for SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall: We’ll see if summarily fired former Castro Theatre programmer Anita Monga (just the kind of Maryna-cough-Ajaja-cough name to introduce SIFF movies, if she’s dragged in to that racket) will stick with the sloppy thirds AD Carl Spence humbly suggested SIFF would be content with—or seek out more contested bookings. Monga seems like a smart hire. Stranger Genius Award-winner David Russo is presently casting for The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (formerly #2)—I hope that “immaculate conception” is used in the theologically correct sense, Mr. Russo—according to executive producer Michael Seiwerath on the Northwest Film Forum blog. Also, read Christopher Frizzelle’s interview with Deborah Eisenberg: She has something to say about Inland Empire and a lot to say about short stories that could also be applied to short films.
And in On Screen this week: hot ’70s shorts in the cold-splash-of-inspiration movie Pride, the weird politics of the Antoine Fuqua conspiracy thriller Shooter, overrated art star Matthew Barney scores a touchdown (literally, NOT figuratively) in Matthew Barney: No Restraint, Paris looks all fluffy in Avenue Montaigne, Adam Sandler is actually okay as a post 9/11 sad sack in Reign over Me, the Seattle eco-kid movie The Last Mimzy is … um… about a psychic stuffed bunny, What Love Is made me want to scratch my eyes out, and TMNT is kind of radical, dude.
In Film Shorts this week: Reviews of the stupid John Malkovich vanity project Color Me Kubrick (watch Kiarostami’s Close-Up instead) and the dark Jacques Demy version of The Pied Piper (this is the companion piece to his awesome incest musical Donkey Skin, which showed up in Seattle theaters two years ago); plus: SIFF Cinema is all about Ingmar Bergman this weekend—Monika, The Seventh Seal, Smiles of a Summer Night, and Wild Strawberries—with a bunch of Japanese films beginning Wednesday.