Movie Diary 5/29/2012

The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973). The director is really firing on all cylinders, and while meaning to demolish the conventions of the private-eye picture, he inadvertently makes something kind of amazing in its place.

Snow White and the Huntsman (Rupert Sanders, 2012). What a peculiar mix of intrigue and tedium, and not necessarily in the spots you’d expect. Plus, Ray Winstone as a little person. (full review 6/1)

Lola Versus (Daryl Wein, 2012). Greta Gerwig handles this mild and enjoyable comedy with the same self-possession she showed in Damsels in Distress; she’s in almost every scene, yet the movie needs more of her. (showing in SIFF)

Tonight You’re Mine (David Mackenzie, 2012). Will this director ever make a movie I like? (full review 6/1)

The Revisionaries (Scott Thurman, 2012). The Texas Board of Education reviews ways it can sneak a brazen right-wing creationist agenda into textbooks. There will be ignorance. (showing at SIFF)

The Revolutionary (Lucy Ostrander, Don Sellers, Irv Drasnin, 2012); The Long Ride Home (Tom Wright, 2012). A pair of films from the NW Connections category at SIFF, for which I am on the jury.

At What a Feeling!, take in the 1980s with a vintage review of Barbet Schroeder’s (and obviously Charles Bukowski’s) Barfly.

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