Movie Diary 7/15/2009

werewolf2Lake Tahoe (Fernando Eimbcke, 2008). New one from the guy who did Duck Season, all about a kid whose car conks out in a spot where repair work is a matter of cajoling and conniving. Eimbcke’s sentimentality is somewhat more convincing than his distanced Jarmuschian style, but the movie certainly looks cool. (full review 7/24)

The Werewolf (Fred F. Sears, 1956). How is it this movie actually has some evocative set-ups, good location shots (Big Bear Lake in wintertime), and shivery dialogue passages mixed in with the plodding interior scenes and wobbly acting? I don’t know, but it delivers. Also, kudos for rejecting the movie-invented conventions of full moon, silver bullet, and transmission-by-bite.