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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 31, 2010 at 9:34 AM

“Red Riding” on DVD

What a mysterious business this movie world is. The other day, I was offered an interview with a Very Famous Director (who I’m not naming here because I suspect this isn’t his fault) and I said sure, yeah, that’d be great, I’ll talk to him. Note that the studio approached me, not the other way around. A deafening silence ensued, and a few days later, I asked about the interview. “Oh, he’s not available,” I was told. Hmm. This is sort of like sitting in a restaurant, feeling full, then having a waitress show up and offer you some homemade pie. You weren’t really planning on dessert, but sure, pie sounds good, so you say yes, please. “Oh, we don’t actually have any pie,” says the waitress. Except that this never happens.
Anyway. If you happened to have missed the “Red Riding” trilogy while it was in theaters (and you well might have, as it was here for exactly a week in February), now’s your chance: It’s out on DVD this week, and no doubt on Netflix. It’s a big time commitment — three movies, about five hours — but it’s worth it, for the windswept “Yorkshire noir” atmosphere (I noted in my review that there’s a real sense here that, if you take a step or two too far, no one will hear you scream), the intricate plot as the three movies (each set in a different year, and involving a different murder/abduction investigation) intersect, and the fine British ensemble cast, which includes Mark Addy, Rebecca Hall, Paddy Considine, and Spider-Man-to-be Andrew Garfield. The three movies, collectively, are among my favorites this year; check them out.

Andrew Garfield as a young journalist in “Red Riding: 1974,” the first movie of the trilogy. Now, picture him in a Spidey suit. (Photo courtesy IFC Films.)

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