Brian Miller

The numbers don't work: Radnor and Olsen.

Liberal Arts: Elizabeth Olsen as Campus Lolita

Taking all three jobs as writer/director/star, it shouldn't be surprising that Josh Radnor is way too kind with his 35-year-old character, Jesse, who falls for… Continue reading

The numbers don't work: Radnor and Olsen.
The Fussy Eye: Gays and Guns

The Fussy Eye: Gays and Guns

Steven Miller's imperfect utopia.

The Fussy Eye: Gays and Guns
Driving in silence: Duarte and de Silva.

Las Acacias: A Very Quiet Friendship in Argentina

There is no musical score for this Argentine road movie, only the incessant throbbing of a truck's diesel engine. And it is a long, long… Continue reading

Driving in silence: Duarte and de Silva.

The group show Skyward!, at Fisher Pavilion, riffs on the futuristic ambitions

The group show Skyward!, at Fisher Pavilion, riffs on the futuristic ambitions of our 1962 World's Fair. The sci-fi mandate would seem a natural for… Continue reading

The movie I’d seen before, and the poster seemed strangely familiar. That

The movie I'd seen before, and the poster seemed strangely familiar. That film is 1963's Elvis vehicle It Happened at the World's Fair, shot partly… Continue reading

Shadows of the vehicular past in Tacoma.

Dale Chihuly and Old Cars

We visit the region's two new tourist museums.

Shadows of the vehicular past in Tacoma.
Birbiglia in a daze.

Sleepwalk With Me: Comic Mike Birbiglia Adapts His Stage Show

Smart, funny stand-up comic Mike Birbiglia has already based a book and a touring show on his biographical woes, some of which you may also… Continue reading

Birbiglia in a daze.
The Fussy Eye: Gary Hill, Part II, at the Henry

The Fussy Eye: Gary Hill, Part II, at the Henry

A French movie star is spotted!

The Fussy Eye: Gary Hill, Part II, at the Henry
Shepard and Bell on the lam.

Hit & Run: A Girl, a Car, and a Chase

A cheap, silly car-chase movie with a cute girl, Hit & Run wouldn't stand out during the August doldrums without the good-hearted direction of its… Continue reading

Shepard and Bell on the lam.
Iron Sky could use more Indiana Jones.

Iron Sky: Yes, There Are Nazis on the Moon

Nazis on the moon? What could possibly go wrong? The premise to this Finnish sci-fi spoof is golden: Hitler sent a rocket to colonize the… Continue reading

Iron Sky could use more Indiana Jones.
The director on the set during the '60s.

Milos Forman: What Doesn’t Destroy You…: The Czech Director Deserves a Better Profile

After his Oscars for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, the career of Czech-born director Miloš Forman has gradually stalled into eminent stasis.… Continue reading

The director on the set during the '60s.
Shintani's Ancestor Chimes.

Visual Arts: A Carkeek Park Art Safari

Is the best way to protect public art not to tell the public it's there?

Shintani's Ancestor Chimes.
On the road: Caouette and his mom.

Walk Away Renee: A Son’s Take on His Mom’s Mental Woes

Picking up where his 2004 Tarnation left off, Jonathan Caouette's new documentary is no less hermetic, autobiographical, messy, and ultimately touching. This time the focus… Continue reading

On the road: Caouette and his mom.
Books: A Local Writer Recalls His Texas Youth

Books: A Local Writer Recalls His Texas Youth

A former colleague at Seattle Weekly, Domingo Martinez has been working on The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir (Lyons Press, $16.95) for the past… Continue reading

Books: A Local Writer Recalls His Texas Youth
From left, old goats Britt Crossley, Bob Burkholder, and David Vanderwal.

Old Goats: A Local Tale of Idle Geezers

Taylor Guterson, son of the local novelist David Guterson, turns an affectionate eye on Northwest geezer-dom in this gentle comedy about the indignities of aging,… Continue reading

From left, old goats Britt Crossley, Bob Burkholder, and David Vanderwal.
Australia is a long way over the sea for the surfers of Vanimo.

Splinters: Surfing and Sociology in the South Pacific

There is the expectation in a surfing movie that we should see plenty of wave-riding shots, those sun-bronzed gods astride their boards, ripping out of… Continue reading

Australia is a long way over the sea for the surfers of Vanimo.
Some of Liu’s selective reproductions of Sin.
Some of Liu’s selective reproductions of Sin.
Ringer as the little fugitive.

On the Sly: Into the Woods With a Little Fugitive

Following the child runaways of Moonrise Kingdom, this small French drama has a 6-year-old girl (Wynona Ringer) flee into the woods not for love, but… Continue reading

Ringer as the little fugitive.
Lost at sea? Bouquet and Dussollier.

Unforgivable: An Overbearing Novelist in Venice

Unforgivable? Interminable is more like it. Veteran writer/director André Téchiné (The Witnesses, The Girl on the Train) employs a kitchen-sink approach to this overstuffed Venetian… Continue reading

Lost at sea? Bouquet and Dussollier.
The artist's self-documentation is partly a form of insurance.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry: The Chinese Dissident Films His Own Beating

What with the recent U.S. embassy standoff and flight to freedom of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, you can't get much more timely than this… Continue reading

The artist's self-documentation is partly a form of insurance.