Movie Diary 8/26/2009

hmanThe H-Man (Ishiro Honda, 1958). Possibly my favorite title of recent memory, except for O’Horten. An atomic green slime gets loose in Japan, triumphing over dull plotting and eating its way through some great color design. Two awesome nightclub sequences, heavy on the kitsch factor, and a bunch of yakuza stuff brought in to bolster the horror angles.

Arid Lands (Grant Aaker and Josh Wallaert, 2007). Winning documentary about the Hanford area in Eastern Washington, which has passed through many bizarre mutations in the last 100 years thanks to dams, nuclear reactors, and wine. (full review 8/28)