Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October Reviews

These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

City Pages: Ridiculous and sublime: a defense of the eternally uncool Moody Blues.

The Stranger Film Openings: Danger Diva and Te Ata Works As a Historical Document But Not As a Work of Cinema

The Stranger Music Things to Do: Zola Jesus with John Wiese,
the Weather Station and James Elkington, and more to come. 

Video Librarian: Roaring Abyss, Big Voice, In the Game, Mixed Match, Samba and Jazz, Sexuality, Intimacy and Dementia in Residential Care Settings, Mary Lou Williams - The Lady Who Swings the Band, The Bad Batch, Grey's Anatomy - Complete 13th Season [five-disc set], Brainstorm, American Masters - When Patsy Cline Was Crazy, Esteem, The Founders, Going the Distance - Journeys of Recovery, Mirrors to Windows - The Artist as Woman, Portraits of a Search, The Same Difference, The Shelter, and Tokyo Idols.



Endnote: Image from Moody Blues (no photographer credited).

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September Reviews

These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

The Stranger Film Openings: Angelina Jolie Has Gone from Her Worst Film to Her Best with First They Killed My Father and Russian-Canadian Industrialist Is a Dick in Boris Without Béatrice.

The Stranger Music Things to Do: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls and Saint Etienne.

Video Librarian: Hired GunRoaring AbyssBig VoiceEagles of 
Death Metal - I Love You All the Time: Live at the Olympia in Par-
isVince Giordano - There's Future in the PastIn the GameMixed 
Match,  Samba and JazzSexuality, Intimacy and Dementia in Resi-
dential Care SettingsMary Lou Williams - The Lady Who Swings 
the BandWinnieChange Begins Within - Benefit Concert for the 
David Lynch FoundationJane’s Addiction - Alive at 25: Ritual de lo 
Habitual [three-disc set]Shameless - The Complete Seventh Sea-
son [three-disc set], The Bad BatchGrey's Anatomy - Complete 13th 
Season [five-disc set], Brainstorm, American Masters - When Patsy 
Cline Was Crazy, Esteem, The Founders, Going the Distance - Jour-
neys of Recovery, Mirrors to Windows - The Artist as Woman, Por-
traits of a Search, The Same Difference, The Shelter, and Tokyo Idols.

Endnote: Image from Kimstim Films. 

Friday, August 04, 2017

August Reviews

(c) 2014 SBS Productions - SBS Films - Close Up Films - Arte France Cinema
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

SIFFBlog: The On-the-Ground Cinema of Ferguson Documentary Whose Streets?

The Stranger and Portland Mercury Film Openings: 
Bless Their Little HeartsThe Glass Castle, and Racial Politics Sets Lemon Apart From the Rest.

The Stranger Music Things to Do: The Peacers, Lavender Flu, and DYED, and Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble and Heather Trost.

Video Librarian: In the Shadow of Women,
Inseparables, and I Am the Blues.

Endnote: In the Shadow image from Time Out.

Friday, July 21, 2017

July Reviews

Photo by Julien Bourgeois.
These are 
the reviews 
and other 
pieces I'm 
working on 
this month. 

The Stranger Film Openings: My Grandfather Was A Member of the IRA, So Why Didn't I Fall For the Film The Journey? and Great Performances and Dialogue Breathe Life Into Landline's Middle-Class Problems.

The Stranger Music Things to Do:
Blonde Redhead with Porcelain Raft.

Video Librarian: Starlight [Blu-ray], The Rolling Stones -
Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America [Blu-ray], What the
Health, The Invisible Patients, Injecting Aluminum, Ovarian
Psycos, Sonita, Special Blood, Trapped, and Wrestling
Alligators - The New Seminole Wars.



Endnote: Blonde Redhead image from bits LOUNGE.  

Saturday, June 03, 2017

June Reviews

Director Lipitz and the lethal ladies of Step.
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

SIFFBlog: SIFF 2017 Week One Guests: Hirokazu Koreeda, director of After the Storm, and Amanda Lipitz, director of Step.

The Stranger Film Opening: The Suburban Pleasures of BMX Riding in Violet and The Comforts of Exile in Wartime-Era Stefan Zweig.

Slog/Film Opening count: 683 posts and/or reviews since 2011.

The Stranger Music Things to Do:
Hurray for the Riff Raff and Making Movies.

Video Librarian: Table Songs of Kakheti, Chapter & 
VerseThe Ticket [Blu-ray], and Chapter & Verse.



Endnote: Photo from the 5/22 screening of Step. It opens on 8/4.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May Reviews

Kikagaku Moyo at the Sunset Tavern, 5/19/17.
These are 
the reviews 
and other 
pieces I'm 
working on 
this month.





SIFFBlog: SIFF 2017 Week One Guest: Jeffrey Schwarz, Director of The Fabulous Allan Carr

The Stranger Film Opening:
The Commune: A Movie for Seattle's Housing Crisis?

The Stranger SIFF Notes: The Fixer, The Farthest,
The Last FamilyThe Oath, and Landline

Slog/Film Opening count: 682 posts and/or reviews since 2011.



The Stranger Music Things to Do: PJ Harvey,
Jessy Lanza with Kate NV, Kikagaku Moyo, Sugar Candy
Mountain, and Bod
, and Woods and Golden Daze.

Video Librarian: June Bride - Redemption of a Yakuza,
Dare to Drum, Guido Models, I Think You Are Totally Wrong - 
A QuarrelLa Laguna, Love, Sweat & Tears, Nada's Revo-
lution, Painted Nails, and Saving Jamaica Bay.



Endnote: SIFF '17 continues through June 11. Kikagaku photo by me!

Monday, April 24, 2017

April Reviews

Adrian Titieni and Lia Bugnar in Graduation.
These are the 
reviews and 
other pieces 
I'm working 
on this month.

SIFF: Blurb for the 2017 program guide (Bertrand Tavernier's Journey Through French Cinema).

The Stranger Film Openings: In the Ruins of Socialism: Toxic Father and Brutalist Architecture in Graduation.

Slog/Film Opening count: 681 posts and/or reviews since 2011. 

The Stranger Music Things to Do: Sleaford Mods with Private Room, Jay Som and the Courtneys, Spiral Stairs, Pale Noise, and Mystic Soul Potion, and Laura Marling with Valley Queen.
 

 
Video Librarian: Becoming Johanna, Mimi and Dona 
Who Am I To Stop It, SPLiT, DepartureFragments of 
LoveKiki - Love to LoveGary Numan - Android in 
La La Land, and Before I Kick the Bucket.

Endnote: Image from Why Not Productions.  

Friday, March 03, 2017

March Reviews

A kedi ("Gamzis") in Kedi.
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

The Stranger Film Openings: Cats Exalted in Turkish Film Kedi, Take a Break from Trump's America and Spend Five Hours with the Four Japanese Women in Happy Hour, Gael García Bernal Good; You're Killing Me Susana Not So Good, Middle-Aged Greek Doctor Enjoys Making Out and Dancing With Young People In Suntan, and The Ups and Downs of Life After Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour in Strike a Pose.

Slog/Film Opening count: 680 posts and/or reviews since 2011.

SIFFBlog: revamped versions of Lust in the Austere Dust - Silent
Light
, Opulent and Radiant - Anatahan, and Protocols of Zion.  



The Stranger Music Things to Do: Black Mountain and zZz,
The Coathangers, the Birth Defects, and VHS, and
Teenage Fanclub and Britta Phillips.

Video Librarian: Bars4Justice, Becoming Johanna, Growing Up Coy, Let's Get the Rhythm, Mission to Lars, Murder Rap - Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders, My Love Affair with the Brain - The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond, Arcade Fire - The Reflektor Tapes [two-Blu-ray set], and Def Leppard - And There Will 
Be a Next Time: Live from Detroit [two-CD+Blu-ray].



Endnote: Image from Oscilloscope Laboratories. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

February Reviews

Sandra Hüller sings her heart out in Toni Erdmann.
These are 
the reviews
and other 
pieces I'm
working 
on this 
month.

Cinema Squabble: I guested on podcast #51 with hosts Sara Michelle Fetters and Adam Gehrke. We discuss Logan, Get Out, Kedi, and the Oscars.  

SIFFBlog: Toni Erdmann is a death clown, a life coach, and a big, hairy Bulgarian monster. It's also a fabulous film. Plus, revamped versions of Sophie Scholl - The Final Days and Oscar winning screenwriter Barry Jenkins' Medicine for Melancholy

The Stranger Film Openings: Oscar-Nominated Toni Erdmann Is Long but Manages Not to Wear Out Its Welcome

Slog/Film Opening count: 675 posts and/or reviews since 2011.



The Stranger Music Things to Do: Cherry Glazerr with Slow Hollows, Uniform with Guests, Meatbodies with Guests, and Ty Segall, Axis Sova, Gazebos, Nail Polish, Weird Omen, and Guests.

Video Librarian: Brad Paisley - Life Amplified 
World Tour and Gimme Danger.

 
Endnote: Image from Sony Pictures Classics. 

Friday, January 06, 2017

January Reviews

These are the reviews and other
pieces I'm working on this month.

The Stranger Film Openings: Belgian Crime Film The Ardennes (a Great Downer) Screens This Weekend at Northwest Film Forum.

Slog/Film Opening count: 674
posts and/or reviews since 2011.

The Stranger Music Things to Do: The Flat Five (featuring Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor) with the Tripwires, The Lemon Twigs with Savoy Motel, and Boogarins with Guests.

Video Librarian: The Crossing, East LA Interchange,
I Was Born in Mexico, But..., On Meditation, Right 
Footed, Stray Dog, and Under the Umbrella Tree.


Endnote: Image from We Are the Last Beatniks.