Arts This Weekend at the Movies
posted by June 22 at 15:44 PMon
Killer of Sheep, the movie with the highest Metacritic score so far in 2007, arrives in Seattle tonight. Since our competitor chose to review the Angelina Jolie vehicle A Mighty Heart twice instead of reprinting J. Hoberman’s review in full, I’ll take the liberty of pointing you to the Village Voice review. And for good measure, here’s Manohla Dargis in the New York Times and Jonathan Rosenbaum in the Chicago Reader.
Charles Mudede reviews Killer of Sheep in an extra-long On Screen this week, alongside reviews of Evan Almighty (“Sorry,” says Lindy West, “but a movie is not going to trick me into believing in God—especially a movie in which God crushes an entire neighborhood because he prefers pretty trees to human progress”), Angel-A (“très boring,” concludes Jon Frosch, The Stranger’s Paris correspondent), A Mighty Heart (me: “Angelina Jolie’s character owes more to her own carefully cultivated image as a globalized matriarch than anything you’d recognize as a journalist’s persistent hunger or a wife’s panicky devotion”), La Vie en Rose (“stretches of the film, which traces Edith Piaf’s rise from Parisian poverty to international stardom, feel uncommonly—even thrillingly—intimate,” says Frosch), Day Watch (“At a time where most would-be magnum opuses can barely manage to rub two neurons together, director Timur Bekmambetov’s film is chockablock with neat ideas—so many, in fact, that they ultimately end up crowding each other out,” says Andrew Wright), Eagle vs. Shark (it is indeed “Napoleon Dynamite transposed to New Zealand, with misfit Kiwis in place of klutzy Mormons and real animals in place of ligers,” but it’s still funny, say I), and Golden Door (me again: “a generic immigrant’s tale that too often mistakes blankness for mystery”).
But that’s not all! Grand Illusion continues its mini-series on British director Lindsay Anderson with the sort-of-sequel to If…: the rock musical satire O Lucky Man!. Again Malcom McDowell stars as Mick Travis, a middle-class English Everyman with a, shall we wish, overactive fantasy life. I haven’t seen it yet, but you really can’t beat that title.
Meanwhile, at the Varsity, the SIFF holdover Red Road, a moody pseudo-thriller that joins The Lives of Others in the list of 2006 films about government surveillance.
Pride celebrants should check out the original Hairspray at Volunteer Park tomorrow at dusk, or, if you insist, the well intentioned but condescendingly constructed Inlaws & Outlaws, continuing at the Uptown for a second week. (For a passionate defense of the film—in full recognition of the suspicious aesthetics—check out Adam Sekuler’s post over at Northwest Film Forum’s blog.)
In Web Extras this week: Andrew Wright reviews 1408 (“Rather surprisingly, the inevitable movie adaptation doesn’t suck”) and I interview Taika Waititi, the director of Eagle vs. Shark (“Part of me still cringes, like, what? I just made a romantic comedy?”).
For all your Movie Times needs, see Get Out. Happy Pride.