Movie Diary 2/7/2011

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand, 1937). Now there’s a spot where listing the director doesn’t tell the authorial story. I write more here.

The Taqwacores (Eyad Zahra, 2010). All right, yes, I see what you’re getting at: Muslim punks gathering in a shared house in Buffalo, balancing prayer sessions with headbanging. Unexpected confirmation of the cinematic principle of the deadpan reaction shot: a supporting character who spends virtually all of her screen time in a head-to-toe burka, to excellent comic effect. (full review 2/11)

The Company of Wolves (Neil Jordan, 1984). Very early in his career, Jordan showed his ability to throw hugely imaginative ideas and images in a mix that doesn’t always make a great deal of sense (or sometimes make too much literal sense). But the film has splendid pieces in it, including a wee porcelain egg in the nest of a tree. Thinking about fairy tale movies for this talk.

At my other website, What a Feeling!, we begin a week of music movies from the 1980s. First up: No Nukes. In 1980 I predicted a great movie career for Bruce Springsteen, which – you never know – could still happen.