Movie Diary 9/9/2009

BQE (Sufjan Stevens, 2009). The brilliant musician Sufjan Stevens puts together the visual pieces of this non-narrative, three-screen tribute to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and provides a bravura orchestral score to boot. Kind of a cross between a WPA project about buildings and the opening sequence of Woody Allen’s Manhattan, the film is 40 minutes long and pretty much riveting throughout. (Plays at the Northwest Film Forum Sep. 20-22)

Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchyfooted Mutha (Melvin Van Peebles, 2009). When you are in your late 70s and play the adolescent hero of your own movie, you’d better have charm and chutzpah in abundance. Melvin Van Peebles has those things. (full review 9/11)

Whiteout (Dominic Sena, 2009). I’ve seen worse, lots, lots worse. But if Werner Herzog had directed it, this Antarctica whodunit might’ve really had something. (full review 9/11)