Movie Diary 5/23/2011

The Hangover Part II (Todd Phillips, 2011). Welcome to Bangkok, monkeys and transvestites. (full review 5/26)

Another Earth (Mike Cahill, 2011). A science-fiction premise informs an unusual melodrama, in a pretty good swing at something offbeat – plus an impressive lead performance by Brit Marling. (Screens in the Seattle International Film Festival)

Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh, 2011). I still say there’s something odd about martial arts being the attraction in a cartoon. You can do anything in a cartoon, therefore martial arts loses a great deal of its ability to impress. Is anybody with me on this? (full review 5/26)

The Spiral Staircase (Robert Siodmak, 1946). Long time no see. Shadows aplenty and lots of candlelight, as only a German could film them.

Hobo with a Shotgun (Jason Eisener, 2011). You already know what this is. It does what it says, and I can’t fault it for that. (full review 5/27)

At What a Feeling!: in time for a new movie by the Woodman, it’s a week of 1980s Woody Allen, beginning with Zelig.