Arts This Weekend at the Movies
posted by July 13 at 16:14 PMon
Stranger freelancer Michael Atkinson has a new blog, and it, like he, is awesome. True to the boys’ school rebellion referenced in the title, it’s very rabble-rousey. Come for the erudite film talk, stay for the “imperative beheading of Dick Cheney”: zeroforconduct.com.
And in an extra-long On Screen this week: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (hurried and sweaty, but almost saved by the fluffy pink genius of Imelda Staunton—if you haven’t seen Vera Drake yet, swing by the video store on your way to the theater)…
…. plus Rescue Dawn (actually, this time, skip the theater altogether—go directly to Scarecrow and pick up Little Dieter Needs to Fly), Joshua (a creepy kid movie done right; for the original, see The Bad Seed), Introducing the Dwights (Brenda Blethyn may not be quite the equal of Imelda Staunton, but she comes damn close; Secrets and Lies is your homework assignment), The Long Goodbye (awesome, naturally; insert your favorite Altman here), Broken English (skip it; for a more interesting take on painful privilege, see Sofia Coppola, or re-live the Parker Posey glory days (I know, I know) with Party Girl), Brooklyn Rules (fuhgeddaboudit; proceed directly to The Sopranos), and Manufactured Landscapes (it’s awesome, go! and watch Our Daily Bread, Let It Come Down, and The True Meaning of Pictures).
And in web-only content this week: An interview with the erudite Jennifer Baichwal, director of Manufactured Landscapes; and another with a documentarian-turned-narrative filmmaker, George Ratliff of Joshua.
And finally, Film Shorts claims such delights as L’Iceberg, Black Cat, White Cat, Infra-Man, Walking to Werner, and the retrospective The Films of Barbara Ireland. Find all your movie times needs at Get Out.