Movie Diary 1/10/2009


You don't mess with the Mabuse

Hotel for Dogs (Thor Freudenthal, 2009). A good lesson for the kids: break into the the dog pound, where employees are evil, and let the dogs into a condemned hotel in a sketchy part of town. Dog people will love it anyway. (full review 1/16)

Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (Fritz Lang, 1922). Such a strong influence on everything from Scarface to The 39 Steps to The Dark Knight, it’s somewhat surprising this film isn’t mentioned more often as a kind of “founding work” of the movies. But the 4 1/2 hour running time might have something to do with it. And please note: Dr. Mabuse himself disapproves of the Expressionist aesthetic.