Movie Diary 6/17/2009

Blood: The Last Vampire (Chris Nahon, 2009). A very impressive sword. Why, you could vertically cleave a man in two with a sword like that. No you couldn’t. (full review 7/10)

The Proposal (Anne Fletcher, 2009). Digital landscaping is becoming a distraction and a fascination all of its own in movies (and no, this has nothing to do with Sandra Bullock’s nude scene). Much of this film is set in Alaska, but shot in Massachusetts, which, after all, has a coastline too. Mountains have never looked quite so blearily unconvincing; the painted Himalayas of Black Narcissus are raw realism by comparison. (full review 6/19)

Easy Virtue (Stephan Elliott, 2009). Jessica Biel, meet Noel Coward. It had to happen. (full review 6/19)

Year One (Harold Ramis, 2009). Have you been waiting for a movie that crosses Caveman with Wholly Moses? No? Then pretend this isn’t it, and forgive Ramis for coasting. (full review 6/19)

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