Movie Diary 12/26/2012

Baby Face Nelson (Don Siegel, 1957). Not sure why a movie comes up during the holidays; really this one was just sitting there waiting to be watched. A good, tough film, with Mickey Rooney his usual all-in self (there’s a peculiar aside with Rooney splashing around in a bathtub that takes the actor right back to Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen, 1989). This one holds up awfully well. Martin Landau is better than I remembered, and everybody else is as good as remembered. For my 1989 review, see here.

Today I talked best movies of 2012 on KUOW’s “Weekday” with Steve Scher. That talk is archived here, and my list for the Herald goes up on Friday. But here are some of the key titles I mentioned today: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Margaret, The Turin Horse, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, This Is Not a Film, and…got to hold some surprises back for Friday.

Speaking of Top Tens, the annual Critics Wrap held at the Frye Art Museum will be broadcast locally on the Seattle Channel, and surely available via their website, too. Frequently it’s channel 21 around here, but check your listings. The debut is Thursday the 27 at 8:30 p.m.; more slots listed here.

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