Archive for category: Seattle Screens

The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of July 24

24 July, 2015 (10:36) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

“Dickey wrote a long speech for himself to give as the sheriff. And Boorman was such a clever man and brilliant filmmaker he told him, ‘When you start this speech, you have to come to the front of the hood of the car and say that paragraph. Then come over to the window and talk […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of February 27

27 February, 2015 (09:11) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, screenings, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

“Yes, extras must meet a threshold level of professionalism; they must show up on time and do what they’re told; they must own a variety of clothing items (most bring their own wardrobe). But there are thousands of them, capable of showing up on time and walking when they’re supposed to walk. It’s unskilled labor […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of February 20

20 February, 2015 (09:45) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

Tough loners, intricate plots, and “irresistible” location work: Jonathan Kirshner takes a look at Melville’s Two Men in Manhattan, Le Doulos, and Le Deuxieme Souffle, three films that “can be dubbed [the director’s] “noir improvisations,” a nod to Bertrand Tavernier’s observation that Melville approaches filmmaking like a jazz musician, reinterpreting and experimenting with the standards—in […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of January 30

30 January, 2015 (09:53) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

“For more than 30 years, people bought movie tickets to watch Hackman take charge. He was a molder of men: Hackman taught Redford how to ski, DiCaprio how to shoot, and Keanu how to play quarterback. As the culture’s perspective on Great White Males changed, so did cinema’s view of Hackman. If you want to […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of January 9

9 January, 2015 (09:59) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

“It’s an attitude that hits with the opening notes of David Shire’s score, a rolling atonal jazz-funk cacophany that can legitimately be called brassy because there’s a hell of a lot of brass in it. It’s a warning that this city is an irritable, stressed-out motherfucker, and you better watch yourself. This is a city […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of October 31

31 October, 2014 (09:49) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

All due (and seasonally apposite) respect to Clive Barker, the video release of the moment is clearly Criterion’s complete Tati set. At their website the company is offering some fine essays connected to the release. Jonathan Rosenbaum displays how precise Tati’s use of color and sound was to guide the viewer through his open, detailed […]

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Seattle Screens: Brandon Cronenberg goes ‘Antiviral’

18 April, 2013 (16:46) | by Robert Horton, by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews, Seattle Screens | By: Sean Axmaker

Robert Horton, curator of the Museum of History and Industry exhibit “Celluloid Seattle,” and Richard T. Jameson, one-time film critic of Seattle Weekly and editor of both Seattle’s own Movietone News and Film Comment (as well as frequent Parallax View contributor) will discuss Seattle’s lively film culture back through the decades in a free event at […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of April 12

12 April, 2013 (11:52) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

DGA Quarterly presents a collection of on-set photos of Howard Hawks, the master showing John Wayne how to throw a punch, Charles Coburn how to flirt, and Angie Dickinson…no, well, he’s just taking in Dickinson like the rest of us. (Click through for downloadable .pdf.) Also in the new issue, interviews with Robert Zemeckis on […]

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Seattle Screens: Immersed in ‘Leviathan’

4 April, 2013 (16:12) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews, Seattle Screens | By: Sean Axmaker

This month’s round of “Framing Pictures,” a lively conversation about the current cinema with Seattle film critics Robert Horton, Richard Jameson, and Kathleen Murphy, takes place at NWFF on Friday, April 5. The event is free and the conversation begins at 5pm. Mr. Jameson teases a few of the topics up for discussion at Straight […]

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Seattle Screens: How to say ‘No’ with a smile

28 March, 2013 (17:47) | by Sean Axmaker, Seattle Screens | By: Sean Axmaker

No, the final film in Pablo Larrain’s trilogy of life in Chiule under Pinochet, appropriately enough takes on the end of Pinochet’s reign via the 1988 plebiscite vote that he arranged to “legitimize” his regime to the world. Chileans assumed it was a sham, a public display of democracy with Pinochet stacking the deck with […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of March 22

22 March, 2013 (11:18) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

The new Senses of Cinema has arrived. Among the highlights are Michael Pattison on the Surrealist bona fides of Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire, and Tom Ryan (in what’s billed the first of a series) looking at Sirk’s employment of and struggles with genre in three of his “lesser” films: Taza, Son of Cochise, […]

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Seattle Screens: Kiarostami in Japan and Park in America

14 March, 2013 (16:17) | by Sean Axmaker, Seattle Screens | By: Sean Axmaker

The March edition of Framing Picture, the free monthly discussion about movies about the current cinema, is Friday, March 15 at Northwest Film Forum. The conversation begins at 5pm with Seattle film critics Robert Horton, Richard Jameson, and Bruce Reid. Mr. Jameson previews the discussion at Straight Shooting here. While the filmmaking talents of Iran […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of March 8

8 March, 2013 (09:54) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

Nick Pinkerton, driving through the Midwest, thinks upon the region’s cinematic apotheoses; specifically, two Minnelli masterpieces and The Magnificent Ambersons. Speaking of Pinkerton’s “pride of Kenosha, Wisconsin,” Joanne Hill Tarbox Styles, daughter of the headmaster at the Todd School for Boys, which Welles attended during his teens, offers a memoir of those years that reminds […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for week of March 1

1 March, 2013 (10:57) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

The New Republic’s Jason Farago worries that Amour might not just chronicle a death but embody one, if it turns out to be the last, grand gasp of a European cinema whose state subsidies are drying up. Charles Barr takes the current resurgence in all things Hitchcock as opportunity to argue that the greatest of […]

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Seattle Screens: Noir City 2013

21 February, 2013 (19:12) | by Sean Axmaker, Seattle Screens | By: Sean Axmaker

Noir City 2013, my favorite Seattle festival of the year, opens for a week of double-feature showings (and one triple-feature) of classics, rarities, rediscoveries, and restorations. I preview the opening night program of two Cy Enfield pictures, the independently-made Try and Get Me! (1950), rescued and restored thanks to the efforts of the Film Noir […]

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