Movie Diary 11/30/2008

They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948). This movie never loses its tender edge or its very specific kind of intimacy. And Gun Crazy, great as it is, owes it a nod.

The Haunted Castle (F.W. Murnau, 1921). This is a well-done mystery, but somehow in the next year Murnau would make the leap to Nosferatu. Either he needed more than the gimmick plot here, or something amazing was put in his mueslix. (Choice gray-market DVD footnote: This one soberly offers an FBI Warning at the beginning, then reveals the Turner Classic Movies logo bug twice during its running time. Nice try.)

Nobel Son (Randall Miller, 2007). From the director who brought you Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing…no, I don’t ever want to type that title again. (full review 12/5)