Movie Diary 1/14/2013

Mrs. Miniver (William Wyler, 1942). Nobody’s best work, whatever chord it may have hit during the war. Greer Garson married the actor who played her son, Richard Ney, which makes you wonder about her taste in men.

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (Pip Chodorov, 2012). It is in fact “a” history, not the history; this personal view omits lots of important things but taps Chodorov’s personal connections to people like Stan Brakhage and Ken Jacobs; it’s ingratiating, if not definitive. (full review 1/18)

The Law in These Parts (Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, 2011). Documentary parade of Israeli military judges, questioned by a very careful filmmaker about the balance of legal rights in the occupied territories. Even if – no, especially if – you are a strong supporter of Israel, this is dispiriting. (full review 1/18)

Thanks to the Vashon Arts and Lectures Series for inviting me to speak last night; atmospheric setting and nice people. Check them out if you’re on the island anytime soon.