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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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Parallax View’s Best of 2013

1 January, 2014 (11:58) | by Jay Kuehner, by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Robert Horton, by Sean Axmaker, by Sheila Benson, lists | By: Sean Axmaker

Welcome 2014 with one last look back at the best releases of 2013, as seen by the contributors to Parallax View and a few notable Seattle-based film critics. Sean Axmaker 1. Her (Spike Jonze) 2. Blue is the Warmest Color / La vie d’Adèle (Abdellatif Kechiche) 3. Something in the Air / Apres Mai (Olivier […]

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Join Seattle Film Critics to Discuss the Year in Film 2013

16 December, 2013 (17:45) | by Andrew Wright, by Bruce Reid, by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Robert Horton, Events | By: Sean Axmaker

This year contributors to Parallax View will convene at not one but two separate free events to discuss the films of 2013. Thursday, December 19 at 7pm at the Frye Museum: For the ninth straight year, a congenial if idiosyncratic coven of Seattle film critics—Robert Horton, Andrew Wright, Jim Emerson and Kathleen Murphy—convenes at the […]

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Remakes that earn their keep

2 July, 2013 (17:37) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

Some time ago, word went out in the land that Ethan Coen and Joel Coen would undertake a new version of True Grit. The brothers deemed the 1968 Charles Portis novel a great book and felt that many of its riches remained untapped by the 1969 film version. With No Country for Old Men as […]

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The Holmes gallery

1 July, 2013 (12:11) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

Has any fictional character seen more cinematic service than Sherlock Holmes? Created by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, the master sleuth of 221B Baker Street found his way to the screen as early as 1903, and became the subject of a series as early as 1908. He’s been featured in respectfully faithful adaptations and thrust […]

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The state of our Framing Pictures is sound

21 June, 2013 (12:15) | by Richard T. Jameson, Events | By: Richard T. Jameson

Framing Pictures comes roaring back this Friday, June 21, 5 p.m. to talk about films new and old. The old will include a couple of Fifties Westerns from Hollywood veteran Delmer Daves—the original 3:10 to Yuma, which verges on greatness, and Jubal, a more problematic title that people nevertheless seem to be digging as it […]

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Review: Conduct Unbecoming

17 June, 2013 (15:54) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 47, January 1976] Hands-down winner of the Wrongest Possible Project from the Very Beginning Award for 1975 is Conduct Unbecoming, a dreadful adaptation of a perhaps worse play, and a movie so misconceived—by the infallibly inept Michael Anderson—that its very attempts to juice itself with artificial life manage to exacerbate […]

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Framing Pictures gets Rectify’d

14 May, 2013 (21:45) | by Richard T. Jameson, Events | By: Richard T. Jameson

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. Emend that: screen experiences new and old, because part of the evening will be devoted to […]

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The Beautiful and the Damned: Major Dundee

23 April, 2013 (06:00) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, Sam Peckinpah | By: Richard T. Jameson

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 […]

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Review: The Nickel Ride

22 April, 2013 (10:02) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 47, January 1976] Despite its director’s solid critical and commercial reputation and a Cannes Festival showing, The Nickel Ride arrived in Seattle well over a year late, as a first-run second feature to a new film being ballyhooed via the moronic action-film come-on. (That the new film happens to be […]

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Review: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother

15 April, 2013 (09:11) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 47, January 1976] Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, and music scorer John Morris notwithstanding, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother is no Young Frankenstein. What’s been crucially left out of the mix is virtually any feeling for those literary and cinematic forebears all but the most couthless of […]

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Review: The Romantic Englishwoman

8 April, 2013 (08:31) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 47, January 1976] The Romantic Englishwoman affords an unexceptionably witty and civilized film experience from the first shivery glimpse of Glenda Jackson’s double reflection over the passing wintry German landscape to the last of the end credits: “A British–French Co-production”. Losey’s direction has never been more assured; the casting leaves […]

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MSN Entertainment’s 100 favorite films

3 April, 2013 (18:00) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Sean Axmaker, lists | By: Sean Axmaker

MSN Movies recently polled the contributors to submit a list of their favorite films. Not a list of the best films ever made, or the most important, or most significant. This was about personal favorites, the films we return to, the films we love. Four Seattle film writers — all of them contributors to Parallax […]

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Oscar night: halfway measures

27 February, 2013 (14:46) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

For an Oscar year in which several big awards were foregone conclusions, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences soiree this past Sunday included its share of surprises. It also featured an equable, perhaps accidental, distribution of the prizes among a range of movies. When we consider how set the Hollywood community appeared to […]

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