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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

August 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

“Bernie” out on DVD

(By the way, do any of you watch “Weeds”? If so, allow me to indulge in a little bragging: My goddaughter Teya, a young actress living in Los Angeles, had a speaking part on Sunday’s episode! She played a medical assistant, with one line that I have to admit I drowned out by shrieking when she appeared on screen, so I had to watch it again. The show left me a little mystified — that’s what happens when you jump in for one episode in the middle of, I think, Season 7 — but it was a kick to see Teya there with Mary-Louise Parker [who Teya told me was very nice]. Anyway, just a reminder that behind every one-line bit actress or actor on TV is somebody back home, thrilled to see them.)
Some good new DVDs out this week — “The Hunger Games,” a newly restored Marilyn Monroe collection, “Jaws” in Blu-Ray, the Oscar-winning Iranian film “A Separation” — but I’d like to draw your attention to a little film that didn’t get much hype: “Bernie,” Richard Linklater’s based-on-a-true-story (and you wouldn’t believe it if it were fiction) tale of a small-town murder, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. The movie didn’t get much attention when it played here briefly last spring (it didn’t open on many screens, and I think got a little lost in the SIFF shuffle), but it’s a wickedly funny treat. If you missed it, do give it a look on DVD; I think you won’t be sorry.
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(Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black — love the shirt! — in “Bernie”; photo by Van Redin, courtesy of Millennium Entertainment)

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