Movie Diary 6/10/2010

The Karate Kid (Harald Zwart, 2010). Jackie Chan makes an admirable effort to do a little character-making within this otherwise stillborn remake, which stars Jaden Smith in the role that made Ralph Macchio the anti-Christ. (full review 6/11)

Trash Humpers (Harmony Korine, 2009). Watching a Korine film, there is always the anxiety that someone is going to be killed onscreen while you’re watching it. That doesn’t happen here (I think), which is a relief. It would be easy to revile this movie if it didn’t have some sound cinematic ideas in play, dammit. (full review 6/18)