My Worst Nightmare (Anne Fontaine, 2011). The spirit, or at least the plot, of Boudu Saved from Drowning surfaces in this mostly predictable account of a boorish laborer (Benoit Poelvoorde) who makes mischief in the home of an uptight couple (Isabelle Huppert, Andre Dussollier). (full review 1/25)
Arsenal (Alexander Dovzhenko, 1929). It might require a great deal of knowledge about Ukrainian politics or simply an openness to free-standing visual poetry, but either way the movie is crammed with amazing sights.
At What a Feeling!, dream your way into the black-and-white world of Bruce Weber’s Let’s Get Lost, conjured here in a 1989 review.
And also: Thursday night join me for “End of the Trail: How the Western Movie Rode Into the Sunset,” a free talk in the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program, at Monroe Library in Monroe, WA. That’s at 7 p.m.; more info on the talk here, and the location here.