• Moments out of Time 2013

    Our annual aggregation of memorable ephemera from a season of cinema has a new home, which is itself a new home: http://www.cinephiled.com/moments-time-2013/
          Go there to read all 200 entries ... and to appreciate the astute visual treatment by site shaman Noah Walden.  If you'd like to read a sample here...... 

  • And it came to pass that this is how the National Society of Film Critics Awards for 2013 turned out......

     

  • Hi, sports fans. Sitting here waiting for the results from the Coast. East Coast, that is. The National Society of Film Critics is voting its awards for 2013 today. Here was my proxy input..... 
  • Fall 2013 Movie Guide


    Summer turned out to be catastrophic for bloated big-budget flicks. Overhyped fare like After Earth, The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, Man of Steel, The Wolverine, et al., bombed with a vengeance. That won't stop these Hollywood follies from racking up record box-office overseas, where big, bad CGI'd action needs no translation. But American audiences may well be signaling a desire for smaller, well-written, character-driven stories—like the superb long-form fictions crowding cable TV these days. 
         

     
  • Adore

    Watching Adore, one isn’t often prompted to admire Anne Fontaine’s directorial astuteness when it comes to framing and composing her strange fable. It’s more a matter of going with the flow, surrendering to rhythms of light, desire, grace. Coming away, one feels a little dazed, as though one had just come in out of the sun after a long, slow swim. And Adore’s spell lingers, its power radiating from the sensual allure and intelligence of the two actresses who are the heart of this uterine tale of almost-incest.

     
  • Things to Come at Framing Pictures


    Framing Pictures took the month off in July, but the cadre re-convenes 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.

     
  • The Act of Killing


    Some days it seems the world is chock-full of killing grounds, some known, always more to be discovered. Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer digs one up for our edification in Indonesia, where gangsters and paramilitary types massacred a couple million Communists and ethnic Chinese in 1965.

     
  • Only God Forgives


    Drive
    might have earned Nicolas Winding Refn Best Director laurels at the 2011 Cannes film fest, but detractors rated the Ryan Gosling thriller over-heavy on ultraviolence and arthouse style, light on substance. Refn’s latest, Only God Forgives, again featuring Gosling, makes the dreamlike Drive look like realism.  

     
  • Hannah Arendt: cerebral superhero


    Margarethe von Trotta and Barbara Sukowa have rendered a provocative portrait of one of the 20th century's key historians. Opens in Seattle next Friday, July 19, at the Seven Gables. Required viewing.

     
  • The Holmes gallery

    Continuing to recover the lost, in some cases shockingly recent, past ... a feature on Sherlock Holmes on screen, occasioned by the Christmas 2009 release of the Guy Ritchie atrocity. At left: the scarcely definitive but much-loved Holmes and Watson of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. 
  • Remakes that earn their keep

    This isn't a new article, but it now seems to be homeless: the old link doesn't get you anywhere. Time to post it here. To the left: Archie Leach, just two weeks before he cut his throat (Cary Grant in His Girl Friday). 
  • Slouching toward Byzantium

    Neil Jordan crosses over again into vampire country. Kathleen Murphy knows the border.
     
  • The state of our Framing Pictures is sound


    Framing Pictures comes roaring back this Friday, June 21, 5 p.m. to talk about films new and old at NWFF.

     
  • Framing Pictures gets Rectify'd


    Framing Pictures will be staring down the opening weekend of the Seattle International Film Festival. That's right, the talkmeisters convene Friday, May 17, 5 p.m. at Northwest Film Forum for their monthly mulling over of movies new and old. One of them will be, inevitably, The Great Gatsby; pic at left is Carey Mulligan as Daisy ... but it should be Adelaide Clemens.

     
  • Summer's sizzling hot movies


    Kathleen Murphy surveys summer movie prospects for MSN: http://movies.msn.com/movie-guide-summer/summer-hot-movies-page-one/story/feature/?ocid=mohfpS1L 

          At left, the Deppster and the Hammer in The Lone Ranger, Gore Verbinski style.

     
  • Major Dundee

    Sam Peckinpah's much-messed-with 1965 film Major Dundee has just come out on Blu-ray from the boutique label Twilight Time. The two-disc set features both the 2005 reissue based on a preview version of the movie and the version released theatrically 48 years ago. Both are worth having, as the following Queen Anne & Magnolia News article from 2005 suggests. Pictured: Peckinpah stalwarts L.Q. Jones (Arthur Hadley), John Davis Chandler (Jimmy Lee Benteen) 
  • The MSN 100 ... all present and accounted for


    All 100 of the communally favorite movies of movies.msn.com have been announced by now. You can get easy access to any one of them via http://movies.msn.com/100-favorite-films-intro/photo-gallery/feature/. And if you'd care to read your Straight Shooting correspondents' words on numbers 2, 4, and 10, hit that "Read More" button.

     
  • Framing Pictures has always been the caretaker


    Framing Pictures convenes earlier than usual in the month of April—Friday, April 5, to be precise, at 5 p.m. at the usual venue, Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. The panel expects to start out talking about Leviathan, the latest from Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Sweetgrass); Room 237, the aggregation of many theories as to what Kubrick's The Shining is really about; and of course, irresistibly, The Shining itself. (Leviathan plays at NWFF; the other two will be on at SIFF.) Admittance is free; beer/wine/designer water, not. RSVP to our hospitality director Mr. Torrance, who just got the gladsome news that Lloyd will attend.

     
  • Wild angels and easy riders


    In anticipation of the new Ryan Gosling–Bradley Cooper picture The Place Beyond the Pines, Kathleen Murphy has written a feature on men and wheels: http://movies.msn.com/movie-guide-spring/motorcycle-men/photo-gallery/feature/

     
  • Bravo, Angels!


    The 100-fave-films rollout continues at movies.msn.com, and 40 through 21 includes two Howard Hawks pictures keynoted by Kathleen Murphy. Only Angels Have Wings (http://movies.msn.com/100-favorite-films/40-21/photo-gallery/feature/?photoidx=6) is part of a glorious cluster—Sunrise, Citizen Kane, and Casablanca came in at 39, 38, and 37—while Rio Bravo (http://movies.msn.com/100-favorite-films/40-21/photo-gallery/feature/?photoidx=15) finished in the neighborhood of Chinatown, Bringing Up Baby (also Hawks's), and A Hard Day's Night.

     
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