Movie Diary 8/1/2011

One Day (Lone Scherfig, 2011). Big fan of Lone Scherfig’s movies here, big fan. Make sure you check out Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself. But nobody gets it right every time. (full review 8/19)

Logan’s Run (Michael Anderson, 1976). A movie with no sense of pacing or performance level (which is another way of saying that Peter Ustinov and Farrah Fawcett-Majors are equally bad), although Jenny Agutter keeps her dignity. Still, it’s got a few fun ideas and much crazy-ass Seventies production design. I might have seen this at the Cinerama when it opened.

Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies, 1936). Generally cited as a triumph of production design, without quite saying just how extremely weird it is. Anti-war material gives way to a look into the 21st century, where a space gun is threatened by the Tea Party ravings of Cedric Hardwicke and his mob.

Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006). I can’t say this yields a level of greatness on second viewing, but it does hold up just fine. There’s a finely-tuned comedy beneath the finely-tuned surface adventure, and give it credit for not wearing out its welcome.

At What a Feeling!, a first encounter with Thom Eberhardt’s Night of the Comet is immortalized.