Episode 47: Three 2014 Films Worth Remembering

“Blue Ruin,” “Under the Skin,” and “Boyhood” are three 2014 films popping up on many “best of 2014” lists.  So while we take some time to watch movies with our families, here are three we revisit.   Might be nice family fare, depending on the the family, of course.

Happy Holidays!


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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.”

Steve Scher was the Seattle  Town Hall Scholar In Residence , Fall 2014.  You can watch his short film, ( a glorified Powerpoint, actually) about Home. And read his essay.

His podcast, interviewing the great guests who visit Town Hall, is called In Residence.

And he has a new podcast for the University of Washington Alumni Association. At Length with Steve Scher, talking to some of the visiting scholars and speakers coming to campus.


Steve also likes to talk about science and nature. Check out his gardening podcast, A Dry Rain.

And books too. That Stack of Books with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher