Fall 2012: Exhibits and Movies To See

Currently at the de Young:  Rudolf Nureyev, A Life in Dance.  Self really really wants to see this!

Opening at the de Young on January 26:  Girl With a Pearl Earring:  Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis and Rembrandt’s Century.

Zack saw Cloud Atlas and said it was awful.  Any movie with Tom Hanks + Halle Berry is, to self’s thinking, a miss.  These two still do not seem to have come up with the right formula for how to age their careers gracefully.

But here are some current movies self dearly wants to see.  The capsule reviews are by San Francisco Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle.

  • Argo:  That Ben Affleck can direct a film this smart, this gripping, is no surprise any longer, but still — his account of a rescue effort during the Iran hostage crisis is as precise as it is suspenseful.
  • The Details:  A rare thing, a moral study masquerading as an arch comedy, it’s the story of a mild-mannered doctor whose life begins to fall apart seemingly because of a run of bad luck, but really because of his own moral slackness.  A smart and very interesting film, starring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks and a remarkable Laura Linney.
  • A Late Quartet:  The simmering life disappointments and age-old resentments within a classical string quartet come to the surface when the oldest of their group (Christopher Walken) develops Parkinson’s disease.  The film is low-key, but with extraordinary performances (Imogen Poots, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener) and incendiary moments.
  • Lincoln:  An amazing film from Steven Spielberg, featuring one of the year’s best performances, with Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, working every possible angle to pass the 13th Amendment in the waning days of the Civil War.  It feels like history come to life.  Wonderful.

The Man says The Ancient One pees indoors about twice a day, on average.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


  1. November 13, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I saw Argo and Lincoln and both are Great.


  2. November 13, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I can hardly wait to see both. I’m especially looking forward to Argo, because it seems so long since I’ve seen an intelligent thriller (Wait! I just saw “Skyfall,” and it was great! Scratch that last part).

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