Movie Diary 1/13/2014

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927). It holds up, you’ll be relieved to know.

The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard, 2013). Barnard is a real arrival, an artist working in the kitchen-sink school of British movies. The Midlands setting has two adolescent boys collecting scrap metal and trying to participate in an economic system that isn’t arranged for them. It’s not blazingly new, but it is movingly done. (full review 1/17)

The Nut Job (Peter Lepeniotis, 2014). A Marxist parable about an objectivist squirrel trying to keep all the nuts for himself; the other rodents are collectivist-minded, and so you will root for them, comrades. Best voice: Maya Rudolph, very amusing as a pug. The movie’s funny, in the way that apparently all sitcoms are now (is there an endless collection of writers capable of this style of rat-a-tat dialogue?). (full review 1/17)

Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958). It also holds up, although the eye does have to adjust a little to the widescreen masking – or am I just remembering a boxier shape from old 16 mm. viewings?

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2 Responses

  1. Re: Sunrise: did you see it at the Paramount? How was Jim Riggs’s score. Did he transpose the original score or improvise his own?

    • He used his own score, and it was very evocative and in the spirit of the film. Very respectful. I did point out in my remarks that the film was released with a synchronized soundtrack.

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