Movie Diary 12/29/2009

Holiday (George Cukor, 1938). Beautiful movie, good time of year to see it, one of the nicer films I know to re-visit from time to time. Hepburn is great, and Cary Grant is untouchable.

Odds Against Tomorrow (Robert Wise, 1959). Jazzy noir with racial overtones, as bigot Robert Ryan gets thrown into a heist plot with gambler and vibes man Harry Belafonte. A pretty cool movie, even with a few overstated gestures.

Dead Snow (Tommy Wirkola, 2009). Zombie Nazis rising from the frosty hills of Norway, searching for Hitler’s gold. Too dumb to be a z-classic, but entrails galore. Contains one of the more unpleasant outhouse-sex scenes in film history.

M’Liss (Marshall Neilan, 1918). Mary Pickford as a wild country gal, in a movie that makes quite a bit of fun with Western cliches, while giving Pickford a feisty role.

The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939). It was on TNT, and I couldn’t turn it off. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen this movie without commercials, but I’m not sure I could; the rhythm would seem off. It’s a movie by Hollywood’s collective genius, and therefore just that much more of a dream.