Movie Diary 8/19/2010

The Tillman Story (Amir Bar-Lev, 2010). Among the many revelatory passages in this recounting of the military whitewash of Pat Tillman’s death in Afghanistan is a clip from Tillman’s memorial service in which his younger brother takes the podium, pint of Guinness in hand, to set the crowd straight on what Pat would have thought of the platitudes being spoken at the service. I won’t spoil it, but it suggests how singular the Tillman family must be. (full review 9/3)

Nightfall (Jacques Tourneur, 1957). A well-wrought late noir, with Tourneur displaying his gift for both shadowy interiors and breathy outdoor locations; Aldo Ray lends his ineffable presence to the lead role.

Elvis on Tour (Pierre Adidge/Robert Abel, 1972). Elvis thanks “the guy that gives me my water and scarves and so forth” on stage.