Movie Diary 11/24/2008

burningsoil3Der Brennende Acker, aka Burning Soil (F.W. Murnau, 1922). Did Paul Thomas Anderson watch this before making There Will be Blood? Because aside from the spectre of an oil derrick in the middle of the “Devil’s Field,” there are some powerful shots of people dominating screen space that might have come straight out of PTA’s latterday opus.

Lake City (Hunter Hill, Perry Moore, 2008). Rebecca Romijn as a small-town cop, Dave Matthews as a hardass drug runner. One could be forgiven for anticipating the arrival of Leslie Nielsen at any given moment. (full review 12/12)

Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane that Crashed in the Mountains (Gonzalo Arijon, 2007). Turns out one more version of the Uruguayan footballers and their grisly survival is not overkill. (full review 12/5)

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