Archive for category: by Kathleen Murphy

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SIFFtings 2015 – Opening Weekend

13 May, 2015 (13:07) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Sean Axmaker, capsules, Film Festivals | By: Kathleen Murphy

A few short takes on SIFF offerings on the debut weekend of the biggest, longest film festival in the United States. SPY (Paul Feig, USA, 2015; 120 minutes) Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) parlays Melissa McCarthy’s sly likeability and pratfalling genius into a dumb, feel-good spoof of the secret agent genre. When the jolly fat lady—an […]

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Love Among the Ruins: 1975 in Review

29 March, 2015 (12:55) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Peter Hogue, by Richard T. Jameson, by Richard Thompson, by Rick Hermann, by Robert C. Cumbow | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 47, January 1976] “We might pass this way again”—the line from the song recurs throughout Stations, Roger Hagan’s exquisite documentary that stood out at this year’s Motion Picture Seminar of the Northwest and later graced a Seattle Film Society showing of Antonioni’s Cronaca di un amore. I seem to be […]

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The Salvation: Color of Old Blood

5 March, 2015 (06:22) | by Kathleen Murphy, Film Reviews, Westerns | By: Kathleen Murphy

In Dogme director Kristian Levring’s harrowing 2000 film The King Is Alive, a clutch of mismatched folk variously afflicted by modern-day angst are stranded in the great void of an African desert. For distraction, they decide to perform King Lear, Shakespeare’s wrenching tale of despair and madness. For these lost souls, it’s the narrative containment […]

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Moments out of Time 2014

14 January, 2015 (08:30) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, lists | By: Richard T. Jameson

Images, lines, gestures, moods from the year’s films We perpetrated the first “Moments Out of Time” in ecstasy over the cinematic splendors of 1971—The Conformist, The Last Picture Show, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Straw Dogs, Dirty Harry, et al. It ran in our Seattle Film Society journal Movietone News (“The trees creaking in the wind: […]

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Parallax View’s Best of 2014

31 December, 2014 (23:36) | by Andrew Wright, by Jay Kuehner, by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Robert Horton, by Sean Axmaker, by Sheila Benson | By: Editor

Welcome 2015 with one last look back at the best releases of 2014, as seen by the contributors to Parallax View and a few notable Seattle-based film critics. Sean Axmaker My list this year is light on foreign movies, largely because I didn’t get out to as many festival screenings as I have in past […]

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Moments Out of Time 2009

30 December, 2014 (05:51) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson | By: Richard T. Jameson

Images, lines, gestures, moods from the year’s films By Richard T. Jameson & Kathleen Murphy • The blood beginning to spread on Reb Grosskover (Fyvush Finkel) just when we thought there wouldn’t be any—A Serious Man… • The Hurt Locker: rust and scale popping off a derelict car when an IED explodes nearby… • Middle […]

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Moments Out of Time 2008

29 December, 2014 (05:49) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson | By: Richard T. Jameson

Images, lines, gestures, moods from the year’s films By Richard T. Jameson & Kathleen Murphy * A Christmas Tale: In a house otherwise teeming with family, a black dog appears in the empty sitting room, then lunges out, curling the corner of the rug as it goes…. * In The Edge of Heaven, a brown […]

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Moments out of Time 2007

28 December, 2014 (05:47) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson | By: Richard T. Jameson

Images, lines, gestures, moods from the year’s films By Richard T. Jameson and Kathleen Murphy * Cellophane wrapper lately crushed in a monster’s fingers uncrimps on the counter as Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) teaches a gas station owner (Gene Jones) to appreciate what a remarkable quarter has entered his life: No Country fir Old Men…. […]

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Moments out of Time 2006

27 December, 2014 (05:50) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson | By: Richard T. Jameson

Images, lines, gestures, moods from the films of the year By Richard T. Jameson and Kathleen Murphy • Flags of Our Fathers: how the whole movie is suspended between the desperate “Where is he?” and finding out who “he” is… • The calm, ecstatic beauty of the opening shot of A Prairie Home Companion: Mickey’s […]

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Review: A Boy and His Dog

8 September, 2014 (10:23) | by Kathleen Murphy, Film Reviews, Science Fiction | By: Kathleen Murphy

[Originally published in Movietone News 44, September 1975] One plunges straight into unknown territory and action in A Boy and His Dog: Tatterdemalion figures dodging about in a wasteland, shooting at one another without apparent rhyme or reason. Some kind of reconnoitering dialogue—but no lips are seen to move and, visually, spatially, we find ourselves […]

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Weird Tales, True Confession

7 June, 2014 (09:47) | by Kathleen Murphy, Essays, Film Reviews | By: Kathleen Murphy

Love, Death, and the Imagination in Dan Ireland’s The Whole Wide World This appreciation was written for Film Comment magazine in 1996. Reflecting fond memories of SIFF film-going, this review also expressed my delight in discovering The Whole Wide World, a terrific movie by Dan Ireland, one of the founders of SIFF and an old […]

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The Haunted Palace: Alain Resnais’ ‘Last Year at Marienbad’

19 May, 2014 (18:59) | by Kathleen Murphy, Essays, Film Reviews | By: Kathleen Murphy

The couple face each other in an old-fashioned railway car set up in a 19th-century amusement park, the girl (Joan Fontaine) a sweet-faced blonde for whom he’s clearly the moon and the stars. The young man (Louis Jourdan) in elegant evening clothes is all charm, genuine enough for the moment, a roué enchanted by fresh […]

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Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round: David Lynch’s ‘Wild at Heart’

16 May, 2014 (17:33) | by Kathleen Murphy, Essays, Film Reviews | By: Kathleen Murphy

[Originally published in Film Comment, November-December 1990] Back in the days when James Dean was only half a decade dead and Elvis Presley as many years famous, my best friend and I twice played hookey from high school to see Sidney Lumet’s The Fugitive Kind. On screen in brooding black and white, Tennessee Williams’ surreal […]

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NYMPH()MANIyakking: Thoughts Prompted by Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1′

12 March, 2014 (07:18) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, Commentary, Film Reviews | By: Kathleen Murphy

Kathleen Murphy: Plunging into the first volume of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, we’re drowned in cloacal darkness, straining to identify initially faint metallic sounds that rise in volume, odd plinks and whines and scrapes. When von Trier finally lets there be light, it’s dim, dirty looking, oppressive. Narrow passages cut through a maze of worn […]

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Moments out of Time 2013

14 January, 2014 (16:56) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson | By: Richard T. Jameson

Images, lines, gestures, moods from the year’s films • Inside Llewyn Davis: Llewyn (Oscar Isaac) sits by in the Village club, uninvited, as “500 Miles” is performed by Jim & Jean (Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan) and Troy (Stark Sands). You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles…. • The opening thirteen-minute shot of Gravity, during […]

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