Movie Diary 12/8/2010

The Tempest (Julie Taymor, 2010). Taymor does not really know how to direct movies, which doesn’t mean they don’t have something going, sometimes. This one has Helen Mirren and some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful passages (and Taymor doesn’t get line-for-line literal the way she did with Titus). Nice stuff from Russell Brand and Alfred Molina as the clowns, by the way. (full review 12/17)

The Tourist (Florian von Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2010). Jolie and Depp, in Venice–what could go wrong, aside from his beard? (full review 12/10)

Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, 2010). A stab at something, and the chance to watch Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling at work for an extended go – but ach, John Cassavetes, you have a lot to answer for. (full review 1/?)

White Material (Claire Denis, 2010). Here’s someone who knows how to direct movies. Red earth, blood, hair – surfaces for Denis to linger over as she surveys another mistake in Africa. (full review 12/10)

Today’s Eighties movie, over at What a Feeling!: A Nightmare on Elm Street.