Movie Diary 8/18/2010

Around a Small Mountain (Jacques Rivette, 2009). Probably the final film from Rivette, and a small one, but very affecting, especially in its stagings of delicate little slapstick acts (which seem closer to Beckett than Ringling) from a tiny traveling circus. Beyond that – who knows? (full review 8/27)

Two in the Wave (Emmanuel Laurent, 2009). Nice archival footage from les neiges d’antan, aka the 1960s, suggesting the testy relationship between Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, whose Lennon-McCartney friendship finally fell apart in the early 1970s. The movie’s not quite good enough, unfortunately, but re-sorting the New Wave is not unpleasant. (full review 8/20)

Vampires Suck (Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer, 2010). What the Wayans brothers were to Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker, Friedberg and Seltzer are to the Wayans brothers. It’s not good, not good at all (although credit to newcomer Jenn Proske, in her film debut, doing a spot-on imitation of Kristen Stewart’s Twilight performance). (full review 8/20)

Nanny McPhee Returns (Susanna White, 2010). Not enough Emma Thompson, not enough sustained live-action-cartoon vibe from the first NMcP movie. (full review 8/20)