Archive for category: by Richard T. Jameson

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Review: Rancho Deluxe

30 March, 2015 (08:45) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 40, April 1975] I have to be on the side of any film in which Harry Dean Stanton is ordered to “Hoover the Navajos”—i.e., vacuum-clean the Indian rugs. The line could only have been written by Tom McGuane, who’s made a specialty in recent years of writing almost surreally funny […]

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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 bars on the window: Antonioni’s ‘The Passenger’ makes an overdue return voyage

23 March, 2015 (05:10) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Queen Anne News, Nov. 16, 2005] [The Passenger screens at the Seattle Art Museum on Tuesday, March 24; details here] My wife and I saw Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger at a matinee in 1975 and went straight to the studios of KRAB-FM to talk about it. There we discovered—on the air—that one […]

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Review: Love among the Ruins

16 March, 2015 (08:16) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, Television | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 40, April 1975] The first of the best films of 1975 has been and gone, and won’t be back, at least at your naborhood theatre. Love among the Ruins appeared on ABC-TV on March 6; reportedly, an agreement with Sir Laurence Olivier ensures that it will never be released theatrically. […]

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Review: The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

15 March, 2015 (10:00) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, Science Fiction | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 41, May 1975] Memory and mortality are, almost by structural definition, the two cloutiest themes movies can tackle. Memory is implicit in any film with the least vestige of form and design: we recognize correspondences between shots, scenes, movements, colors, lines of dialogue, inflections, intonations, anything, and something goes ding!, […]

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Review: The Yakuza

9 March, 2015 (07:11) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 40, April 1975] First things first: The way they say it in the movie is yaw-ku-zah and, as a headnote explains, the Yakuza were roughly parallel to the western’s good badmen—gamblers, con men, drifters with short swords and no samurai code of bushido to sustain them, sometime Robin Hood figures […]

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Review: The Passenger

4 March, 2015 (08:10) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 41, May 1975] Long after any sane deadline for MTN 41—with half the pages already slapped down, in fact—Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger, formerly Profession: Reporter, formerly either The Final Exit or The Fatal Exit, I can’t remember which, was sneak-previewed in Seattle. Within a few days—just before this magazine comes […]

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Review: French Connection II

25 February, 2015 (08:37) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 42, July 1975] I liked The French Connection a lot in 1971, but I’m rather afraid to look at it again because I think I remember most of what’s there. Not that I don’t remember many other films vividly, films I’ve no doubt I can revisit any number of times […]

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Oscar Upsets

18 February, 2015 (08:30) | by Richard T. Jameson, Commentary, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

Set out to write about Academy Award upsets and right away the ground starts shifting under your feet. Oh, some neck-snappers we all remember—like Jack Nicholson coming out to present the award for best picture of 2005, opening the envelope, and saying, “Whoa.” Moments when the title of the movie everybody figured to win suddenly […]

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People Who Need People – ‘To Have and Have Not’

2 February, 2015 (08:09) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays, Film Reviews, Howard Hawks | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 40, April 1975] She brought the bottle to his room and then he took the bottle to her room and now she has brought it back to his room without anyone having had a drink so far. He cocks an eye at their mutual pretext and remarks, “This is getting […]

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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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Review: Brannigan

12 January, 2015 (11:52) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 41, May 1975] There’s some terrific supporting material in that cast list, but everybody onscreen looks, and has excellent reason for feeling, pretty embarrassed about the whole thing. Brannigan is the sort of picture that gives John Wayne movies a bad name. Come to think of it, Brannigan is a […]

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Review: The Eiger Sanction

5 January, 2015 (09:37) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 42, July 1975] Clint Eastwood does his own mountain-climbing rightly enough, as a camera swooping out from closeup to acrophobic helicopter longshot verifies time and again. One tight-lipped smile of appreciation for that, and little remains to be said in favor of Eastwood’s fourth directorial outing. From the behind-the-credits sequence […]

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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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