Movie Diary 11/21/2011

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson, 2011). John le Carré by way of the director of Let the Right One In. And let’s pause to note that it’s awfully good to see a movie again – you know, like a real one. (full review 12/23)

The Muppets (James Bobin, 2011). Has anybody writing about this movie pointed out that it’s the film for the Occupy movement? I’m serious – the Muppets are the 99 percent, and the film catches the zeitgeist, in a funny sort of way. Plus, best version yet of that song by Cee-Lo, plus some very agreeable bits by the gang. (full review 11/23)

Cube (Vincenzo Natali, 1997). Darned if this little Twilight Zone number doesn’t hold up pretty well. The director went on to make Splice, which I wasn’t crazy about, but I’d like to see more of his work.

Devil (John Erick Dowdle, 2010). I missed this Shyamalan-scripted offering when it opened, and needed to catch up because I was in the zone of movies about confined spaces: here, a group of people trapped in an elevator, strong suggestion that one of them is Satan. And by gum, it’s mostly legit, even though I’d really like to see a movie that never actually leaves the elevator.

At What a Feeling!, we embark on a week of sequels from the 1980s, with a twofer review of American Ninja II and Creepshow 2.