Movie Diary 1/29/2013

Bullet to the Head (Walter Hill, 2013). The Eighties are really over – it’s definite now. (full review 2/1)

Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012). An intriguing unexplored country is the destination here, as a crocodile smiles in approval. (full review 2/8)

Outskirts (Boris Barnet, 1933). Early Soviet sound offering from an interesting filmmaker whose humor is never far removed from some extremely sharp social observations. At times the movie’s (obviously officially sanctioned) skepticism toward World War I as a product of capitalism threatens to spill over into a larger kind of skepticism about organized patriotism.

People on Sunday (Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, 1930). This landmark of German cinema (its first-string roster also including Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann) has worn well. There are a few sequences that look forward to the busy grid of Siodmak’s Criss Cross and the breezy Berlin cynicism of Wilder.

At What a Feeling!, enter the grotesque world of Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, reviewed in 1990.

 

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