Film This Weekend at the Movies
posted by April 18 at 15:15 PMon
I got no time for news this week, but if anyone has anything choice, stick it in the comments.
Opening this weekend:
Forgetting Sarah Marshall, from Judd Apatow & friends, kicks off On Screen with a great deal of excitement (Lindy West: “Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. I am going totally Geronimo-banana-bonkers over here. Someone actually made a really and truly enjoyable romantic comedy!”), followed by The Visitor (Jen Graves: “The movie is fine, but Richard Jenkins is a miracle”), My Blueberry Nights (yours truly: “When a semiconscious, visually obscured, human-napkin makeout session is the emotional core of your movie, you’ve got a problem”), The Forbidden Kingdom (Andrew Wright: “Chop-socky icons Jackie Chan and Jet Li do briefly duke it out in The Forbidden Kingdom, but, somewhat disappointingly, they spend most of their time on wires battling CGI ninjas and imparting life lessons to a young audience surrogate”), Backseat (Brendan Kiley: “Watching it is like eating at a Chili’s—another replication of a familiar experience that offers no surprises and gratifies every expectation. Which is just fine, if you’re into thirtysomethings, gnawing self-doubt, and jalapeño poppers”), Priceless (oh, it’s me again: “It’s not often that one finds oneself yearning for a French film to indulge in a touch more cynicism, but this is what Audrey Tautou hath wrought”), Young@Heart (Christopher Frizzelle: “The group’s director is a not-old guy, Bob Cilman, who thinks men and women in their 70s and 80s singing songs by Sonic Youth and Coldplay is hilarious, inspiring, a good thing”), and Where in the World is Osama bin Laden? (me once more: “Morgan Spurlock should really stick to hamburgers”).
There’s some fantastic stuff in Limited Runs too. Most notably, Chop Shop, from NYC director Rahmin Bahrani (yeah, he’s Iranian-American—his depressing first movie was inspired by Rumi), at Northwest Film Forum:
It’s the kind of film that renews your faith in cinema. Don’t miss it. Also tucked away in the calendar: the paralyzed Iraq vet doc Body of War (co-director Phil Donahue in attendance 7, 9:20 shows at the Varsity tonight); Jezebel, The Virgin Queen, and The Nanny in Grand Illusion’s Bette Davis series; Charles Burnett’s Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation wrapping up the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival this Sunday (Burnett will be in attendance); more short films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul at NWFF; the Seattle Polish Film Festival at SIFF Cinema this weekend, followed by fair-trade agitdocs The Price of Sugar and All This in Tea; another vintage gay nightlife movie, The Detective, from Three Dollar Bill Cinema; and a last-minute booking that didn’t make it into the print edition: Superman in 70 mm all week at Cinerama. See Movie Times for everything.
Confidential to Cogswell: The people want to know about a Cthulhu DVD release. Got anything to tell ‘em?