Movie Diary 1/24/2011

Cedar Rapids (Miguel Arteta, 2011). Very hard balance to hit, and 90 percent of the time, Arteta (and Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isaiah Whitlock, Jr. – everybody) hits it. (full review 2/?)

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (Wilson Yip, 2010). Kooky effective martial-arts popcorn stuff, but isn’t the nationalistic chest-beating starting to get a little weird? And speaking of chest-beating, Donnie Yen and I share a birthday. (full review 1/28)

Summer Wars (Mamoru Hosoda, 2010). Anime, or possibly just Japanese animation, that goes inside a giant social-networky universe that has the entire world wired up. What could possibly go wrong? Trippy visuals, like even more than usual. (full review 1/2*8)

House by the River (Fritz Lang, 1950). Well, I go on about that here.

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000). Maybe I’ve been watching too many Fritz Lang movies lately, but doesn’t a lot of the film director’s art come down to understanding how to photograph rooms? Wong acquits himself well in that department in this movie.

Today’s Eighties review at my other blog, What a Feeling!: The Goonies. I am sorry.