Movie Diary 7/27/2015

Court (Chaitanya Tamhane, 2014). The trial of a folksinger in India drags on and on, fueled by an absurd system. This movie is formally imposing and (deliberately) dramatically cool, a fascinating combination. Also, it does something that cinema can do in such a vivid way: show you rooms and spaces you have probably never seen before. And the director is not yet 30! (full review 7/31)

Boulevard (Dito Montiel, 2014). Robin Williams plays a closeted husband and bank drone who inadvertently (well…) destroys his life in order to free himself. The movie’s got little new to say, but Williams provides moments of anguish. (full review 7/31)

Our Man in Tehran (Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein, 2013). The Canadian side of Argo, given in documentary form. You know the story – now meet the real participants! Some fun stuff about how Americans differ from our friends in the Great White North, and etc. (full review 7/31)

Hard Tangerine (This Week’s Movies

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, James Ransome, Mya Taylor: Tangerine

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, James Ransome, Mya Taylor: Tangerine

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly:

Tangerine. “The sheer human vitality of the people on screen.” (Seattle Weekly link here.)

A Hard Day. “The spectacle of a desperate man trying to think his way out of a corner is hard to resist.” (Weekly link here.)

Do I Sound Gay? “Looks suspiciously like something a documentary filmmaker would do to give his movie a through-line.” (Weekly link here.)

Movie Diary 7/21/2015

Cathy Come Home (Ken Loach, 1966). A young couple (Carol White, Ray Brooks) falls through the cracks and into homelessness, in a made-for-TV movie with documentary elements. This program caused a social movement to erupt in Britain at the time, and it’s still a cultural reference in the U.K. It holds up very well, with a jaggedly modern momentum and finely-tuned sense of outrage. Loach has lost none of that edge in the ensuing decades. An interesting experience watching this movie at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh, an organization committed to social enterprise.

Movie Diary 7/20/2015

Cherry 2000 (Steve De Jarnatt, 1987) and Miracle Mile (Steve De Jarnatt, 1988). New blu-ray offerings of these inventive 80s pictures, the only two features directed by De Jarnatt. MM has a following, and its Rod Serlingesque virtues still look good today. Cherry is loony, and has some serious issues in its leading players, but jeez, cult movies don’t come much cultier than this. Plus: Tim Thomerson.

Mr. Pigeon (This Week’s Movies)

Ian McKellen as Mr. Holmes

Ian McKellen as Mr. Holmes

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly:

Mr. Holmes. “Reveals a wonderful idea at its core.” (In case of Herald paywall, Weekly link here.)

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. “Last remaining threads of humanity.” (Weekly link here.)

Ardor. “A loner who must ultimately go his own way, and all that.” (Weekly link here.)

Movie Diary 7/14/2015

Ardor (Pablo Fendrik, 2014). A mystical loner (Gael García Bernal) emerges from the rainforest to help a woman (Alice Braga) save her farm from creepy land-destroyers. There’s also a jaguar roaming around. Fendrik likes Sergio Leone, bigtime, but spaghetti Westerns were never this pretentious. (full review 7/17)

Felt Tribe Testament (This Week’s Movies)

Alicia Vikander, Testament of Youth

Alicia Vikander, Testament of Youth

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

Testament of Youth. “So dull, so respectable, so full of nice touches and pretty things.” (In case of Herald paywall, Weekly link here.)

The Tribe. “Incidental noise and the occasional violent gasp.” (Weekly link here.)

Felt. “Embryo Hitler is made of felt.” (Weekly link here.)

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