Movie Diary 1/13/2011

It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks (Daniel Leconte, 2008). The people at Edmonds Community College who showed this film today asked me to come up and lead the discussion after, which turned out to be an easy and rewarding job. The documentary gets the story of the 2007 trial of a French satirical newspaper that re-printed the Danish cartoons of Mohammed, which prompted a lawsuit from offended parties. The keen-minded people in the audience enhanced the movie’s already bracing onslaught – the film airs both sides of the debate, but leaves no doubt about the primacy of free speech.

The Battle of the River Plate (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1956). Great shots of the sea, some stately VistaVision compositions, interesting attitude toward the German commander (Peter Finch). You can see why it’s not counted among the P&P classics, but it’s also pretty darned good.

Today’s movie at my other website, What a Feeling!: The Running Man.