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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Is It a Weirdly Great Summer for Movies or What?

posted by on July 29 at 14:52 PM

Just a reminder—Hal Ashby’s Shampoo is at Northwest Film Forum tonight and tomorrow. (Sean Nelson wrote a great piece for us about Hal Ashby’s oeuvre a few weeks back.)


But check out the competition! I still want to see Water Lilies at the Varsity, The Last Mistress at the Metro, The Omega Man at Grand Illusion, and Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired at SIFF Cinema—all of which end this Thursday. And that’s leaving out all the smart, supremely enjoyable wide releases that are out right now, including WALL•E (so amazing, people!), The Dark Knight (tickets are finally freeing up in IMAX), Encounters at the End of the World (which started as a Varsity calendar release and has been playing for weeks—good job, Herzog fans), and—I still can’t quite believe this is any good, but Lindy West swears—Mamma Mia!.

I went to the movies twice this weekend and twice there were long lines and audible excitement. I am feeling oddly optimistic about the future of cinema right now, in blissful defiance of all the news and portents.

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Ugh. Shampoo is the nadir of overrated '70s tripe.

Posted by Organ Leroy | July 29, 2008 3:09 PM

I've wondered if that Israeli Commando turned Hairdresser is based on Shampoo? Just as Austin Powers is based on certain Bond films.

Glad that IMAX is freeing up for Batman - unlike the 3D version of Journey to the Center of the Earth (which only makes sense in 3D), Batman is enhanced in IMAX and apparently they got the aspect ratios right, from what I hear.

And the New Yorker film critic hated Mamma Mia! (but was the only person in the theater to do so, which means it's probably great, and why you don't send a modern dance/ballet critic to review musicals).

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 29, 2008 3:09 PM

#84 page 446 in Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the Supreme Court Second Edition Elder Witt states:

Id. at 568. See also
Cox Broadcasting v. Cohen, 420 U.S. 469 (1975)

Directly above that is # 83 and running that is Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart, 427 U.S. 539 at 559 (1976).

I don't know what that means to Antonin Scalia today, and I will say this...

If I was a law clerk that could swing into "heavy cloud no rain" ( Sting 10 Sumners Tales ) I'd want to know what the fuck I was gonna do when I can still see the Acadamy Awards show and Ellen Degeneress looking for a blunt in suck-up machine... oh ya... and don't forget Warren Beatty's Speech either....

and another thing.... if I could shampoo you would you want to shampoo me as well my little lipchen?

Gawd what i'd give for a little hairdoo now.

Posted by danielbennettkieneker | July 29, 2008 3:15 PM


I hope your female will, cause if your a DAWG>>> you'd better be post grad short 5-4, and thick brunette hair upstairs with roundish glasses checking in on the earthquake I'm gonna imagine giving you while you look for spies in a Carly Simon song from the parkmaster Ronni.

Posted by daniel | July 29, 2008 3:20 PM

Shampoo is ok.

Being There is great.

Posted by michael strangeways | July 29, 2008 3:25 PM

Is it just me, or did the earthquake really mess up the minds of our bloggers?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 29, 2008 4:24 PM

I've found that Lindy West encapsulated exactly the way I feel about Mamma Mia:

Mamma Mia entertained the shit out of me.

Posted by Abby | July 29, 2008 4:30 PM

Water Lilies is a great movie, just don't be distracted by all the pervy (in a bad way) men drooling over the adolescent girls in bathing suits.

Posted by gross | July 29, 2008 4:45 PM

Well, it is French, @8.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 29, 2008 4:55 PM

The comment at this link:

applies to the comment and commenter above.

Posted by Shut up, Will. | July 29, 2008 6:42 PM

Shampoo is awesome - funny, harshly honest, pitch-perfect historically and feels almost overheard. If (like me) you like the idea of Altman but can't stand the execution, this is your movie.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | July 29, 2008 9:07 PM

I hope that link works. If you don't get your Imax Dark Knight tickets at LEAST a day or two ahead of time, you're not going to see the movie the day you want to see it. I've worked at this Imax for almost 6 years and no other big movie has done this well. Sell outs EVERY DAY? Totally unheard of.

Posted by ThisIsA-recording | July 29, 2008 10:09 PM

ooh - a deep link - i thought those went out with the 90's.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 29, 2008 10:33 PM

Shampoo is awesome! Lee Grant!

Posted by monkey | July 30, 2008 8:58 AM

Altman is God.

Nashville is the Great American Film.

No arguments.

and, Mamma Mia is one of those endearingly crappy movies that you'll be watching for the rest of your life.

Posted by michael strangeways | July 30, 2008 9:17 AM

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