Movie Diary 6/6/2011

Tabloid (Errol Morris, 2011). Aside from the freakshow aspects of a truly wacky story, this film does afford the opportunity to watch someone talk about her life for a sustained length of time, and the portrait of life as a self-deluded performance begins to feel all too central to the way people live today. And Joyce McKinney is giving quite a performance; watching her in this movie, you can see it’s what she lives for. (full review 7/15)

The Art of Getting By (Gavin Wiesen, 2011). For about the fifth or sixth time this year: Wes Anderson has a lot to answer for. (full review 6/17)

Heading West (Nicole van Kilsdonk, 2010). Scenes from a life in Amsterdam, as a woman (Susan Visser) passes through a year’s worth of life experiences, sampled in selected days. Initially very promising, with a fine central performance, although the movie settles a bit too much on one particular romance instead of examining a multitude of other possibilities. (Screens in Seattle International Film Festival)

Letters from the Big Man (Christopher Munch, 2011). A Bigfoot movie, of sorts, written more about here. (Screens at Seattle International Film Festival)

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (John Schultz, 2011). A film that will open and be seen by families in the U.S., with human actors and sets and costumes. (full review 6/10)

At What a Feeling!, we look at Michael Dinner’s Heaven Help Us, a worthy 1980s coming-of-age story.