Scott Marks

Scott Marks
Scott Marks contributes to the Reader's movie section.

Articles by Scott Marks

Yes, German satire!

German Currents Film Festival, October 14-15

Think high tide, not slack water when the German Currents Film Festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts on October 14-15, bringing with it five films to celebrate its seventh year. Saturday evening’s opening ...

John Carroll Lynch's new film, Harry Dean Stanton’s last

Lucky’s actor-turned-director on Stanton’s last stand

“You’re not likely to get a one-word answer out of me,” laughed the as-a-rule loquacious John Carroll Lynch. Lucky marks the actor’s first time behind the camera — directing Harry Dean Stanton in what turned ...

How old is Burt Reynolds in Dog Years?

"I was blamed for what anyone didn’t like about Hollywood."

This year's screening list for the San Diego International Film Festival arrived, and it was my task to choose an interview subject. I dreamed big. Remember, this is the same organization that in the past ...

Year by the Sea seems a lot longer

A goopy, by-the-numbers women’s picture

Year by the Sea only feels like a decade. Karen Allen takes the lead in the big-screen adaptation of Joan Anderson’s best-selling memoir, and while the tagline promises, “It’s never too late to reclaim your ...

A Boston Marathon bombing victim's story

Stronger's director David Gordon Green

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman, but don’t expect the Lifetime Channel. Stronger invites audiences to cast aside all fear of drippy sentiment in tight closeup. This tale of an ordinary ...

Sex & violence & sex & violence

Flesh and blood in this week's new movie releases, including The Villainess and The Wound

I mean, it's the movies, so what else is new? But still. The Wound has violence done to a bunch of guys' sexy bits. Also, sex and violence. mother! has much more violence than sex, ...

Anne Frank in the attic

Local Matt Sivertson’s first feature, Love All You Have Left

A private message arrived from local actress (and new Facebook friend) Caroline Amiguet asking that I attend this Friday’s screening of her husband Matt Sivertson’s first feature, Love All You Have Left, in which she ...

Remembering Jerry Lewis

A first-hand account

The elevator doors parted just in time for me to spy the hotel maid emptying the contents of a garbage can into the housekeeper’s trolley. We exchanged smiles as she passed, the opulent carpeting of ...

A Rumble: “Indian” vs. “Native American”

Political correctness rules in critic’s favor

Political correctness is a game one must master in order to keep the paychecks coming. One thing this woefully incorrect chronicler has learned the hard way is: what plays in the head need not always ...

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