Movie Diary 6/30/2010

Stranger on Horseback (Jacques Tourneur, 1955). Nifty western from a Louis L’Amour tale, with Joel McCrea as a traveling judge who bucks a small-town business dynasty. Does its thing very elegantly in the space of 66 minutes.

Harry Brown (Daniel Barber, 2009).  Michael Caine in a London variation on Gran Torino – at least that’s the easiest thumbnail take on this film. Closer in form to Death Wish than the Eastwood picture, but somber enough to indicate that it doesn’t endorse vigilantism, which leaves a curious lack of oomph. (full review 7/2)