Movie Diary 1/21/2010

Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942). There are movies you think you will see every couple of years or so and then you realize it’s been 20 years. Probably the movie that most makes me regret the extinction of repertory theaters.

Scotland, PA (Billy Morrisette, 2001). Fond memories of  this movie don’t quite hold up on re-visiting it, but it’s still a kooky and fun take on Macbeth, re-set in a small Pennsylvania town and focusing on a fast-food restaurant. What holds up well is Maura Tierney’s performance as the film’s version of Lady M., an amusing cast in general, and of course the Seventies album cuts.