Movie Diary 2/6/2012

They Live By Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948). It must’ve looked like something different when it came out in 1948, and actually it still looks like something different now. Tender toward its central characters, and keenly aware of the tin-plated, commercial America that surrounds its people.

W./E. (Madonna, 2011). It could’ve been a straight period pillow-and-drape-fest, but Madonna got it into her head to make this an actual gosh-darn Art movie. Other than that, it’s about what you think. (full review 2/10)

The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang, 1944). Downward spiral for Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett, traced as only an old German can do it. It’s actually more interesting to watch when you know how it ends; then it’s a real projection on the part of Robinson’s mild Professor Wanley.

The Dark Corner (Henry Hathaway, 1946). I don’t really go for this well-shot noir; Mark Stevens coming up short as the private eye, Clifton Webb recycling some Laura bits. Good moments within the overall thing, but the overall thing doesn’t cut it.

At What a Feeling!, we’ve got the Eighties comin’ at ya with a twofer review of The Unholy and Bloodsport, the latter the first real look at Jean-Claude Van Damme in a movie.

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