Movie Diary 7/21/2009

Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2009). A creepy-kid movie that doesn’t hold anything back on the horror, with Vera Farmiga once again excellent as a mother unnerved by the little one (but Joshua was a much better movie). (full review 7/24)

The Country Doctor (Bohdan Slama, 2008). Even if the material is somewhat shopworn (in this case, a tale of a Prague schoolteacher who retreats to the country to sort out his homosexuality – a story that seems to belong in a European film of, say, 1971), there’s something about Czech filmmakers that apparently gives them a birthright to supple camera movement and graceful narrative flow. (full review 7/24)