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Friday, July 18, 2008

This Weekend at the Movies

posted by on July 18 at 15:06 PM

If you haven’t noticed (you probably didn’t), I have failed to post This Weekend at the Movies for the past two weeks. I’m sorry—vacation, then a day off to recover from riding to Portland on my bicycle, got in the way.

Here, briefly, are links to reviews of notable recent movies: WALL•E, The Wackness, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Monsieur Verdoux (damn, you missed it), Tell No One, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson, and Brick Lane (only at the Crest this week).


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After reading reviews of WALL•E (I thought no one did that anymore?), Barack Obama offers his own assessment.

Is the Weinstein Co. in trouble?

And Mara Manus is the new executive director of the rapidly expanding Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Opening this week (we like everything!):

Charles Mudede adores Alexandra (“Because the acting plays a very small role in Alexandra, the cinema is free to flourish”).

Paul Constant reviews The Dark Knight (“Heath Ledger seems as though he’s alternating roles in a dark love scene between Daffy Duck, Marlon Brando, and Hannibal Lecter. It’s a riveting performance, and terrifying”).

Jon Frosch writes about The Last Mistress (“If The Last Mistress hits harder than Catherine Breillat’s previous, more sexually explicit work, it’s in large part thanks to Asia Argento. The actress stalks, gnarls, gnashes, and vamps her way through the movie, yet it never seems like she’s hamming it up; hers is one of the most vivid portrayals of lust that I’ve seen”).

Lindy West actually likes Mamma Mia! (“Sparkling and earnest, hammy beyond all acceptable boundaries of ham, full of slow-motion leaping and young love—it’s the movie equivalent of, well, ABBA. The cast rules: Meryl Streep is adorable; Pierce Brosnan sings (TERRIBLY) and stands on a cliff looking windswept in front of an Aegean sunset. Mamma Mia! entertained the shit out of me”).

And Charles Mudede defends Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (“You do not think of Philip Glass and see a human being, but, instead, you hear a type of sound, a tone, a tune, a movement that is beautiful, repetitive, and architectural. And so the first thing any film about Glass’s music must do is reduce it to a human being”).

For other limited run films and one-time events, including Last Year at Marienbad, Seattle Bike-In, and Planet of the Apes, see our movie times search. There’s also a review of Space Chimps, if you must.

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Do not, I repeat, do NOT see Hellboy 2.

Posted by w7ngman | July 18, 2008 3:21 PM

it's a cockroach. Wall-E's little buddy is not a beetle, but a cockroach.


Posted by diggum | July 18, 2008 3:27 PM

Your problem, w7ngman, was you went into it with too high expectations.

People I trust, looking for summer movies, enjoyed WALL•E, The Wackness (I concur), Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and Brick Lane (I greatly concur).

The Last Mistress was very interesting and a good choice. Glass ... um, well, it's a trip ...

I thought the Seattle Bike-In was a real movie at Cal Anderson? not a movie titled that ...

But I'd say Last Year at Marienbad might be worth seeing, except I'm broke right now.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 18, 2008 3:29 PM

Is "Last Year at Marienbad" in IMAX anywhere? Because that would be, like, the total shit.

Posted by levide | July 18, 2008 3:55 PM

@2: We received a letter to the editor on this subject. You are correct. I thought a cockroach was a kind of beetle and, not having room to explain the Twinkie thing, that a beetle sounded cuter. I have not corrected it since I thought the letter would run in the letter section at some point, but it has not.

@3: Yes. I did not mean to ital. Will fix that shortly.

Posted by annie | July 18, 2008 4:14 PM

There were so many problems with Hellboy (disappointing since it also had so much promise) it really irks me that they made a sequel.

Posted by keshmeshi | July 18, 2008 4:26 PM

Not really, Will. In fact I wasn't expecting much. It's just that terrible. The Stranger's review got one thing right:

"painfully awful"

Posted by w7ngman | July 18, 2008 4:41 PM

OH well.

I hear the french film "Band of Brothers" is showing at IMAX in a double bill with Marienbad.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 18, 2008 5:02 PM

Seattle Bike In is screening Jorgen Leth's A SUNDAY IN HELL for anyone who cares.

Posted by apttitle | July 18, 2008 5:42 PM

In a world of collapsing stock markets, obscene oil prices, an embarrassingly incompetent president, plus inconvenient chlamydia, seeing "Mamma Mia" will finally give your life meaning. Gay people who don't like it have been miraculously cured of their gayness. Five stars and one Streep forever!

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | July 18, 2008 6:23 PM

@9: Anyone who cares should have clicked on the link, which explains--in our very calendar, no less--that the feature is A Sunday in Hell. God, it annoys me when people refuse to click on a link we've provided to explain this exact fact. Please, just reiterate the link, don't provide information we've already explained. Ugh.

Posted by annie | July 18, 2008 8:45 PM

just caught the dark night at the 4:20 showing at cinerama. can you believe i got a good seat even though i was at the back of the ticket holder's line?

great flick. lots of shit got blowed up real good. heath ledger (god rest his soul) is so good, you want to see him in every scene, and you get impatient when he isn't! also, the best script ever for a comic book movie. oh, and christian bale isn't bad either.

Posted by scary tyler moore | July 18, 2008 9:19 PM

I saw both Mamma Mia and Glass this weekend...both are good, each in their own way. Mamma Mia is insanely fun, despite it's dreadful script and lackluster direction. Glass is fascinating and surprisingly humorous, at times.

Posted by michael strangeways | July 21, 2008 9:18 AM

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