Movie Diary 2/4/2010

The Runaways (Floria Sigismondi, 2010). Ecccccccchhhh. (full review 3/19)

Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, 2009). Sheep herded over the hills of Montana, a perfectly enchanting subject given an engrossing, non-narrated treatment here. Sheep are hilarious. (full review 3/26)

The Killer That Stalked New York (Earl McEvoy, 1950). From a newly-minted noir DVD. Evelyn Keyes comes to Manhattan from Cuba, carrying a virus; not exactly panic in the streets or Panic in the Streets, but good location sequences and a supporting cast dotted with passable people.

Two of a Kind (Henry Levin, 1951). On the same disc. Edmond O’Brien a scalawag dragged into a scheme by Lizabeth Scott. A few weird ripples, like that fact that O’Brien agrees to deform a finger (by slamming it with a car door – actually she does the slamming) a few minutes after meeting Scott. Strangely jaunty tone throughout, including the ending.