Movie Diary 12/21/2010

Biutiful (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2010). A rough go for a doomed criminal-father, played with heroic fortitude by Javier Bardem. The director’s customary mood of despair prevails. (full review 2/?)

Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham, 2010). Some of the deadpan comic observation wanes toward the end, but Dunham does have her own mode, as both director and actress. When flatly-delivered, throwaway lines have a lethal comic landing (“I’m a chef,” for instance), something is working. (full review 12/24)

Today’s Eighties movie over at What a Feeling!: Gremlins. A few more Christmas movies to come this week.