Movie Diary 8/23/2011

Contagion (Steven Soderbergh, 2011). Any filmmaker’s goal should be to have the viewer intently searching out every corner of the frame as each new shot comes on screen. In that sense, Soderbergh has made a very successful picture. Especially if you’re a germophobe. (full review 9/9)

Machine Gun Preacher (Marc Forster, 2011). I guess this is a true story: Gerard Butler as a godly, two-fisted builder of an orphanage in Africa. (full review 9/23)

At What a Feeling!, check out a vintage review of Choke Canyon, a 1986 film that mixes a cosmic Utah mesa with corporate greed and Halley’s Comet.