Movie Diary 5/31/2011

X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn, 2011). Moves well, Fassbender is the man, doesn’t go all Brett Ratner huge at the end. That’s good enough for this summer. (full review 6/3)

True Legend (Yuen Woo-ping, 2010). Too much of the computer stuff, perhaps, but the martial arts action climaxes in a giant fight on a raised stage surrounded by tigers in a pit. (full review 6/3)

Hurricane Kalatozov (Patrick Cazals, 2010). A look at the career of the director of The Cranes are Flying and I Am Cuba and the less-appreciated (but eye-popping) Undelivered Letter. Most interesting sidelight: the importance of family professional dynasties in Georgia (the other Georgia): Kalatozov’s progeny have gone into filmmaking. (Screens at Seattle International Film Festival)

Route Irish (Ken Loach, 2010). The dirt of a Blackwater-like group, smeared across a group of burned-out people. Done with Loach’s usual fury, though perhaps more on the nose this time. (Screens at SIFF)

Soylent Green (Richard Fleischer, 1973). A lot of smart work by Fleischer, and hard to resist Chuck Heston and Edward G. Robinson together.

At What a Feeling!, check more 1980s reviews, including Rocky IV and The Razor’s Edge.