Movie Diary 12/17/2008

The Class (Laurent Cantet, 2008). The Cannes winner, and a definite recovery from Cantet’s Heading South. But if you haven’t seen his films Time Out and Human Resources, make those priorities. (full review 2/20)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (John Irvin, 1980). Finished the last chapter of this one tonight. Somehow the drabness of a TV production is just right for Cold War material. Alec Guinness does a lot doing nothing; he looks like the author of a story he knows the ending to, patiently waiting for everybody else to get there.

Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson, 1992). The short film, on the Criterion BR DVD. Among other things it shows that Anderson needs the room to build longer, specifically paced scenes — in short form, his style looks hyper.