Movie Diary 11/24/2009

Young Victoria (Jean-Marc Vallee, 2009). Hard to make all the machinations of the British royal family history undramatic, but this movie gives it a shot. Emily Blunt, able as always, stars. (full review 12/25)

Up in the Air (Jason Reitman, 2009). There’s a point in the third act of this movie where you think the Screenwriting 101 character arc is actually going to take over; thankfully, not exactly. Nice roles for Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick. (full review 12/4)

10 Things I Hate About You (Gil Junger, 1999). Had to watch this again. Thought it was bad, had wiped most of it away. Even for the good performers, the timing’s all off, the reactions are wrong. Only the location – crazy Stadium High School in Tacoma – is right.