Movie Diary 4/14/2009

revanche1Revanche (Gotz Spielmann, 2008). A good movie becomes something more than that with the character played, and the performance given, by Ursula Strauss, an already-seasoned actress unfamiliar to me. The rest of the cast is also scrupulous, and Spielmann’s careful narrative roll-out gives evidence for why this Austrian movie was nominated in the foreign-language Oscar category. (full review 5/1)

State of Play (Kevin Macdonald, 2009). If you have stubby Russell Crowe and lanky Ben Affleck in a movie together, the least you can do is find excuses to photograph them side-by-side. Macdonald’s pile-driving style is perhaps not the best approach for this twisty thriller, based on a Brit miniseries. (full review 4/17)