Movie Diary 6/27/2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Michael Bay, 2011). Among other things, Bay has moved from his embrace of montage to a more Bazinian philosophy of the integral shot as the dominant mode of discourse. Seriously: instead of the incoherent chop-chop-chop of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, this movie has some kind of amazing shots of crazy giant robots flailing around on freeways while going 100 miles and hour, all contained in sustained takes. And Bay sure works his ass off. (full review 6/29)

Destination Moon (Irving Pichel, 1950). Wrote something about it here.

Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times (Andrew Rossi, 2011). Not so much the inner process as a few interesting backstage things, but still, pretty entertaining. Of course, we’re all doomed. (full review 7/1)

At What a Feeling!, a review of Howard the Duck, which is very far from being the worst movie ever made.