Movie Diary 9/7/2010

I’m Still Here (Casey Affleck, 2010). In some ways the great Joaquin Phoenix stunt documentary performance-art be-in is even odder than you guessed it would be. And in most ways even more tiresome. The Letterman appearance is still the peak. (full review 9/10)

A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (Zhang Yimou, 2009). Sure enough, a zany remake of Blood Simple, set in olde tyme China and adding a few new wrinkles (though surprisingly few noodles) to the formula. Some touches are retained from the Coens’ film, including the scrape of a metal implement as it is dragged along a lonely country road. (full review 9/10)