Summer is almost over. School is back in session The summer blockbusters will move over. Teen-agers will head back to school and another audience will be looking for a different kind of film. We are about to enter the fall film season. That means the prestige films will start showing up on the screens. Before they take up your attention, here are three films from the past year that Robert Horton thinks you should not forget. “The Past” from Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, “Blue Ruin,” an American thriller from Jeremy Saulnier and “Touch of Sin” a Chinese film directed by Zhanke Jia.
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Robert Horton reviews movies for The Herald (Everett, Washington) and Seattle Weekly. He has contributed many pieces to Film Comment since 1990 as well as other publications. He is the author of the “Cultographies” volume on Frankenstein (Wallflower Press, 2010), “Billy Wilder: Interviews” (University Press of Mississippi, 2002), and had work included in Best American Movie Writing: 1999.
He is the co-author of the zombie Western comic book, Rotten (Moonstone Books, ongoing), and runs the “Magic Lantern” monthly series of film lectures at the Frye Art Museum. His website The Crop Duster is a busy collection of short takes, long pieces, and compulsive lists.
He is on TV over at The Seattle Channel as well with another episode of “Framing Pictures.”
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Steve will be Seattle Town Hall Scholar In Residence , Fall 2014. Some of the work will focus on this question, when did you know you had found your home? When did you feel you were starting to sink your roots into the place you call home? How did happen? Where, when and why did you find yourself taking root? Steve had an essay about the topic on KCTS TV’S Pie. He will be asking you that question in the months ahead. Think about a few places where you can point out how you started to take root in the place you call home. Look for the Facebook page next week TakingRoot and twitter #takingroot. Think about sharing some of your thoughts, your pictures, even your sounds and movies of home.