Movie Diary 10/21/2009

Amelia (Mira Nair, 2009). Sometimes all the ingredients are there and it doesn’t work out for the movie; and then sometimes the ingredients aren’t even there. (full review 10/23)

Crude (Joe Berlinger, 2009). The leavings of oil companies in Ecuador, and an endless lawsuit to set things right. Hard to make this kind of thing new, but Berlinger captures some interesting behind-the-scenes material. (full review 10/23)

I Know Where I’m Going! (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1945). Embarrassing how long it’d been since I’d watched this movie. Can’t let a lapse like that happen again. Also can’t believe I hadn’t seen the Criterion extras before, with home-movie footage of Powell’s hill-walking in Scotland and a charming documentary with the New Yorker‘s Nancy Franklin traveling to the town where exteriors were shot.