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Review: Rooster Cogburn

24 August, 2014 (12:28) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 45, November 1975] Rooster Cogburn is a sitting duck for both moviemakers and movie reviewers. Given the prospect of a picture costarring John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn, all Hal Wallis, Stuart Millar & co. had to do was to turn on the cameras and have them pointed in the generally […]

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Review: ‘92 in the Shade’

11 August, 2014 (18:09) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 45, November 1975] Anyone seeking evidence that more writers should turn director ought to consider Tom McGuane in quarantine. 92 in the Shade has about as much structure and consistency, not to say appeal, as an ice cream sandwich that has lain in the sun since last weekend. There is […]

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Review: ‘Donkey Skin’

6 August, 2014 (09:15) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, Musicals | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 45, November 1975] Jacques Demy’s best films—Lola, The Young Girls of Rochefort—wave the silk scarf of an absurd romanticism so expertly over the abrasive realities of The World We Live In—unwanted pregnancies, painful, irrational separations, grotesquely violent death—that our appreciation of both textures is deeply enhanced in the delirious cinematic […]

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Review: ‘Le Secret’

16 July, 2014 (10:50) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 46, December 1975] Le Secret bears a 1974 copyright and yet it seems much more dated than that. The films of Costa-Gavras notwithstanding, political paranoia thrillers feel so endemically American that this rather nondescript French movie comes across mostly as a by-the-numbers emulation of the U.S. model—just as contemporary French […]

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Review: A Very Curious Girl

25 June, 2014 (09:39) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 46, December 1975] I caught up with Nelly Kaplan’s 1969 “Brechtian” comedy one afternoon in San Francisco when MOVIETONE NEWS failed to rate a second ticket to the Jane Fonda tribute at the film festival. While La Fiancée du Pirate (or A Very Curious Girl, as it’s known for purposes […]

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Film Review: ‘Cold in July’ (RTJ)

22 May, 2014 (07:42) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

One night in 1989, an East Texas couple (Vinessa Shaw and Michael C. Hall) wake to the sound of someone prowling their house. Husband Richard gets the pistol out of the shoebox on the bedroom closet shelf and loads it. Down the hall, a flashlight beam is dancing in the livingroom. Richard steps in to […]

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Film Review: ‘The Long Good Friday’

3 May, 2014 (10:51) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

Harold Shand is a man with a plan. Although many call him a gangster, he prefers to think of himself as “a businessman with a sense of history.” As such, he wants to buy up a vast, mostly disused section of the London docks and erect a superstadium to house the 1988 Olympics. A major […]

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Orson Welles’s ‘Othello’

30 April, 2014 (07:30) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays, Orson Welles | By: Richard T. Jameson

Northwest Film Forum is about to showcase a new 4K restoration of Orson Welles’s Othello, one of the director’s greatest—and rarest—films. In anticipation of that, Parallax View presents a detailed program note written when Othello appeared in an autumn 1971 film series devoted to Welles on the University of Washington campus. The original text remains essentially unaltered, […]

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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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