Movie Diary 3/18/2013

The Andromeda Strain (Robert Wise, 1971). Oh, how I loved this movie at age 12, and the book too. I find it still pretty irresistible on many levels, including the deliberately second-tier cast and the weird music.

Village of the Damned (Wolf Rilla, 1960). A similar beginning as above. Always slightly surprising to find how slight this movie is, in plot and running time, once you get past the opening sequences.

Que Viva Mexico! (Sergei Eisenstein/Grigory Alexandrov, 1930/1979). The compilation documentary of the footage Eisenstein got in Mexico during his sojourn there. Both penetrating and foolish by turns, and a valuable record of the enterprise. Somebody should make a movie of the story of the shooting, however.

Primer (Shane Carruth, 2004). Holds up pretty well for what it is, and also works as the metaphor for making an independent movie in your garage.

Ginger & Rosa (Sally Potter, 2012). I am not the biggest fan of this director’s work, but maybe something about the evidently autobiographical roots of this project (two adolescent girls in the early 1960s) got Potter going, because this is a rather good film. (full review 3/22)

Olympus Has Fallen (Antoine Fuqua, 2013). Prexy trapped in White House, North Koreans, Gerard Butler making with the throat-stabs and the one-liners. Did we mention there’s a kid stuck in the walls of the White House? (full review 3/22)

At What a Feeling!, we go for another round of 1980s films with a vintage review of Claude Miller’s The Little Thief, a Francois Truffaut script starring Charlotte Gainsbourg.


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