Brian Miller

In the Cinebarre's lobby bar.

Where to Drink at the Movies

A local venue guide.

In the Cinebarre's lobby bar.
Akomfrah turns his attention to the sea.

The Nine Muses: Snow, More Snow, and English Immigration Woes

Richard Burton lives! An arthouse mashup of The Odyssey and England's colonial immigration wave following World War II, The Nine Muses samples many more texts… Continue reading

Akomfrah turns his attention to the sea.
How the Fire Fell: A Jesus Cult in Oregon

How the Fire Fell: A Jesus Cult in Oregon

"Inspired by true events" in the early 1900s, as this somber Portland indie declares, How the Fire Fell begins with an itinerant preacher (Joe Haege)… Continue reading

How the Fire Fell: A Jesus Cult in Oregon
Meanwhile, away from the ledge, Bell and Genesis Rodriguez do some robbing.

Man on a Ledge: Just Jump Already!

The hero of this red-herring heist flick draws two reactions from the throng beneath his 21st-floor perch on a Manhattan hotel. The first is the… Continue reading

Meanwhile, away from the ledge, Bell and Genesis Rodriguez do some robbing.
The Fussy Eye: Nuclear Family

The Fussy Eye: Nuclear Family

A mural's about to be made homeless again.

The Fussy Eye: Nuclear Family
Neeson's hunter is already depressed. Then his plane crashes.

The Grey: Liam Neeson Versus the Wolves

I was told there would be more wolf-punching. If you crash Liam Neeson and six disposable buddies in the frozen Alaskan wilderness, there is the… Continue reading

Neeson's hunter is already depressed. Then his plane crashes.
Behold the flying bat babes!

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos: Saving a Nation From a Trash-Filled Canyon

Winner of the award for Wordiest Title of the Month, this Japanese anime also features a very long and confusing plot, extracted from the original… Continue reading

Behold the flying bat babes!
Dr. Wax's "discarded knowledge" is repurposed as art.

Spinning the Oldies

Chicago artist Theaster Gates tries to create a soul refuge at SAM.

Dr. Wax's "discarded knowledge" is repurposed as art.
The Fussy Eye: Implied Visage

The Fussy Eye: Implied Visage

A face in a bag.

The Fussy Eye: Implied Visage
Foster continues to think big.

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?: The British Starchitect Follows the Money

In this country, British modernist "starchitect" Norman Foster is perhaps best known for the Hearst headquarters in New York, with its huge atrium set within… Continue reading

Foster continues to think big.
Okatsuka explores a foreign world.

Littlerock: Mumblecore in the Desert

Two young Japanese tourists get stranded in a sunbaked hamlet far north of L.A. Their destination? Manzanar. So you know from the outset where Mike… Continue reading

Okatsuka explores a foreign world.
Snowy, Tintin's 3-D terrier.

Holiday Film Guide 2011: The Multiplex Menagerie

Which are you more excited to see this Christmas weekend: the horse, the dragon, the zoo, or Snowy (Tintin's faithful terrier)? The answer, as you… Continue reading

Snowy, Tintin's 3-D terrier.
In Margin Call, Zachary Quinto's banker realizes the cards are about to collapse.

The 10 Best Movies Seen in Seattle

Too much time at my desk (and in museums and galleries), not enough time in screening rooms. The usual excuses, I know, for a lazy… Continue reading

In Margin Call, Zachary Quinto's banker realizes the cards are about to collapse.
The Fussy Eye: Chair of Nails

The Fussy Eye: Chair of Nails

A tombstone for the CD.

The Fussy Eye: Chair of Nails
Tokita concentrated more on the city than the scenic.

Visual Arts: Ghosts of Japantown

Two shows celebrate a prewar neighborhood.

Tokita concentrated more on the city than the scenic.
The Fussy Eye: Famous Names

The Fussy Eye: Famous Names

A new approach for Annie Leibovitz?

The Fussy Eye: Famous Names
Where will she put it all? Nelson helped to rationalize our postwar abundance.

Visual Arts: The Chic of the New

Furniture from the Mad Men era at BAM.

Where will she put it all? Nelson helped to rationalize our postwar abundance.
Clooney's attorney and his troubled teen daughter (Shailene Woodley).

The Descendants: George Clooney As Reluctant Parent

Because it's a total star turn for George Clooney, and because it's been seven years since director Alexander Payne's Sideways, and because it's an Oscar-button-pusher… Continue reading

Clooney's attorney and his troubled teen daughter (Shailene Woodley).
Paid to Do Nothing

Paid to Do Nothing

Anti-photography.

Paid to Do Nothing
Meat Joy was performed and filmed at several venues in the mid-'60s.

The Henry’s Two Big Fall Shows

Brain art vs. body art.

Meat Joy was performed and filmed at several venues in the mid-'60s.