Movie Diary 9/2/2010

Machete (Robert Rodriguez, Ethan Maniquis, 2010). Finally, the trailer from Grindhouse springs to feature-length life. While acknowledging that the trailer probably could not be improved upon, the movie doesn’t disappoint. (full review 9/3)

Lebanon (Samuel Maoz, 2009). A battle zone, seen from the inside of (and indeed raging inside) an Israeli tank during the 1982 Lebanon war. Das Boot looks romantic by comparison. (full review 9/10)

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (Jean-Francois Richet, 2008). The second part of the crime saga, with Vincent Cassel rampaging through a blunt object of a character. Not pretty, but effective. (full review 9/3)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Oliver Stone, 2010). Is it possible to feel conflicted about Gordon Gekko? It is if you’re Oliver Stone. (full review 9/24)

Catfish (Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, 2010). A fake documentary (the filmmakers say it’s real) with a reasonably interesting subject. I don’t get this genre. I can’t enjoy the art of such a movie because it’s trying to convince me it’s real, but I can’t enjoy the reality of it because it smells fake. So just please tell me what it is first, so we can all go about our business. (full review 9/24)