Movie Diary 3/12/2009

testament2Adventureland (Greg Mottola, 2009). The director of Superbad returns with his own script this time, a coming-of-age late-Eighties thing with good roles for Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Don’t expect the straight Apatow vibe. (full review 4/3)

Asphalt (Joe May, 1929). A German late-silent that wants to borrow a little from many of its golden-age predecessors, with mixed results. It’s about a traffic cop (Gustav Froelich, the young guy from Metropolis) getting involved with a thief (Betty Amman) amidst the hustle and bustle of Berlin.

The Last Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang, 1933). On his way out of Germany, Lang supposedly made his crime gang resemble the burgeoning Nazis — thus the film’s immediate ban. As good as a lot of it is (especially in the brilliant early reels), I keep wanting this movie to be closer to the first Mabuse picture — whereas Lang mixes in elements of Spies and M too, even to the point of importing M‘s police inspector Lohmann. Not as great as those other titles, but the authority is still absolute.