Movie Diary 8/29/2011

A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy (Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck, 2011). A few things put together that would almost certainly never happen. American Pie seems closer to the mark than The Hangover. (full review 9/2)

The Help (Tate Taylor, 2011). Nothing here you couldn’t have seen on a movie screen in 1968 – broad, melodramatic, pointed in its sincerity – yet hardly an act of cultural regression. And it doesn’t hurt anything that an exceptional group of actresses is gathered here; if the film tries to get too cute or strident, there’s Viola Davis to shame it back on track.

At What a Feeling!, a look back at Psycho III, starring (and enjoyably directed by) Anthony Perkins.