Movie Diary 3/22/2010

The Art of the Steal (Don Argott, 2009). Movie about the chicanery surrounding the – what’s the right word – appropriation of the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia, but also a movie about the world we live in today. (full review 3/26)

Chloe (Atom Egoyan, 2010). Remake of Anne Fontaine’s Nathalie. The true-north instincts of Julianne Moore help some in Egoyan’s chamber piece, although the chambers are made of glass and steel. (full review 3/26)

The Defiant Ones (Stanley Kramer, 1958). Haven’t watched a Stanley Kramer picture in a long time, by golly. Despite the corny moments, this is one of the K-man’s better efforts, and it must have been electrifying to see Sidney Poitier spit in redneck Claude Akins’ face in 1958. At times it looks like a Bunuel movie in English. Unusual folk keep turning up as the movie goes along: Theodore Bikel and Charles McGraw as the main lawmen, Lon Chaney Jr. rousing himself for a couple of big scenes, Cara Williams, Whit Bissell, Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer in his last role.