Movie Diary 1/16/2012

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, 1951). Holding up pretty well, especially in its noirish elements. The Cold War looms large, as does the robot.

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (Fred F. Sears, 1956). Time to give this another look, just to see whether it might have improved in the last couple of years. Nope. Not only do these two films have saucers and aliens and Washington, D.C., in common, but they even share a few shots. And, of course, the ineffable Hugh Marlowe.

Quicksand (Irving Pichel, 1950). Not bad, if you can squint past the public-domain print and give leeway to characters doing stupid things. Mickey Rooney gets caught in a downward spiral; the ending is fumbled.

At What a Feeling!, consider another Rob Lowe sports movie, as Oxford Blues, which is in fact worse than Youngblood, is revisited.

And: because of snow in Seattle, the Frye Art Museum was closed early and the scheduled showing of The Quince Tree Sun was postponed. Will post the new time as soon as possible.

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