Lost Highway ( David Lynch, 1997)

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The following is adapted from a review I wrote back in 2007 for a David Lynch Blog-athon.

Bill Pullman plays a saxophonist who kills his wife (Patricia Arquette) because she was apparently cheating on him, and is so guilty over the murder that while in prison he goes insane and creates another reality for himself, one in which he’s a young mechanic (Balthazar Getty). Pullman’s fantasy world is something out of the 50s or early 60s of American Graffiti, with its car obsessions, pleasant suburban family, and the cute girl next door (Natasha Gregson Wagner). Unfortunately for Pullman, his subconscious won’t quite let him forget his crime, and soon Getty’s hanging around with a gangster (Robert Loggia) and his femme fatale girl (Arquette again). As in a typical film noir, Getty falls for the bad girl, conspires with her to commit some crimes (including a murder or two) and comes to a bad end.

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Friday April 14 – Thursday April 20

Featured Film:

David Lynch at SIFF

Not immune to the hype surrounding the revival of Twin Peaks, perennial local favorite David Lynch gets the retrospective treatment starting this week at SIFF, with Eraserhead and The Elephant Man at the Film Center and Lost Highway at the Egyptian, all presented on 35mm. In coming weeks, they’ll be playing acknowledged masterpieces Mulholland Dr. and Blue Velvet, alongside Inland Empire and Dune, oddities great and notorious. I recommend watching them concurrently with the Ozu series at SAM and SIFF’s own on-going Douglas Sirk series (which features my favorite Sirk this week: Written on the Wind). Run the full gamut of the surreality of melodrama and see how your brain feels. Ryan’s got our series preview.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo) Fri-Thurs
Tommy’s Honour (Jason Connery) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

All About Eve (Jospeh L. Mankiewicz, 1950) Fri-Sun
Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979) Fri-Mon
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963) Mon & Tues Only

SIFF Egyptian:

Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo) Fri-Weds
Lost Highway (David Lynch, 1997) Thurs Only 35mm Our Review

Century Federal Way:

Manje Bistre (Baljit Singh Deo) Fri-Thurs
Clueless (Amy heckerling, 1995) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Trainspotting 2 (Danny Boyle) Fri-Thurs
Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Nick Park & Steve Box, 2005) Sat Morning Free
Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000) Sat Only
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Arvin Chen, 2013) Mon Only
A Stray (Musa Syeed) Tues Only
The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941) Weds Only
Neither Wolf nor Dog (Steven Lewis Simpson) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

The Void (Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski) Fri-Thurs
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (David Fairhead) Fri-Thurs

Landmark Guild 45th:

Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai) Fri-Thurs Our Review Subtitled or Dubbed in English, Check Listings
Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai) Fri-Thurs Our Review Subtitled
Kaatru Veliyidai (Mani Ratnam) Fri-Thurs Tamil
Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo) Fri-Thurs
Tommy’s Honour (Jason Connery) Fri-Thurs
Begum Jaan (Srijit Mukherji) Fri-Thurs
Mr. (Srinu Vaitla) Fri-Thurs
Clueless (Amy heckerling, 1995) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Trainspotting 2 (Danny Boyle) Fri-Thurs
Tommy’s Honour (Jason Connery) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

By Design 2017 Fri-Sun Full Program
Alive and Kicking (Susan Glatzer) Fri-Sun, Weds-Thurs
THX 1138 (George Lucas, 1971) Thurs Only Live Score

AMC Oak Tree:

1 Mile to You (Leif Tilden) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

The Devotion of Suspect X (Alec Su) Fri-Thurs

Paramount Theatre:

Girl Shy ( Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, 1924) Mon Only

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Trainspotting 2 (Danny Boyle) Fri-Thurs
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Seattle Art Museum:

Early Spring (Yasujiro Ozu, 1956) Thurs Only 35mm

Landmark Seven Gables:

Cézanne et moi (Danièle Thompson) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977) Fri & Sat Only 35mm
The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980) Sat & Sun Only 35mm
Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, 1956) Tues Only

AMC Southcenter:

Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai) Fri-Thurs Our Review Subtitled Only

Sundance Cinemas:

Tommy’s Honour (Jason Connery) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai) Fri-Thurs Our Review

SIFF Uptown:

Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai) Fri-Thurs Our Review Subtitled Only
Kedi (Ceyda Torun) Fri-Tues
Wild and Scenic Film Festival Weds Only Full Program

Varsity Theatre:

Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Queen of the Desert (Werner Herzog, 2015) Fri-Thurs Our Review

In Wide Release:

The Fate of the Furious (F. Gary Gray) Our Review

The Fate of the Furious (F. Gary Gray, 2017)

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Especially in a time where franchises are getting only more complex, more bloated, it is interesting to consider the evolution of such a hugely successful movie series as The Fast and the Furious. Originally a comparatively “small” franchise focused exclusively on street racing, it has ballooned into an insane, globe-trotting mesh of spycraft and ensemble drama. I have only seen the previous incarnation of this series, Furious 7, but it is clear that the franchise has become much more (for better and worse) than its humble origins: from box office alone, Furious 7 grossed twice the amount of its predecessor, for more reasons than the untimely demise of franchise star Paul Walker.

So what step in the series’ evolution does The Fate of the Furious take? Quite simply, it doubles down on the core, car-fueled action. While the previous installment featured no small amount of hand-to-hand combat and gunplay (even bringing Tony Jaa for a fairly small role), Fate is, for better or worse, focused on races and chases. As a result, the movie more than delivers on the requisite amount of vehicular destruction across several countries and types of terrain.

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