Movie Diary 4/29/2013

Iron Man Three (Shane Black, 2013). Too much hardware (in every sense) to escape the committee-made feel, but it has moments. Better than the second one, anyway (get used to hearing that). (full review 5/3)

The Kings of Summer (Jordan Vogt-Roberts, 2013). My Side of the Mountain, 21st-century style? A delightful movie. (full review 6/?)

Renoir (Gilles Bourdos, 2012). Father and son, as in Pierre-Auguste and Jean, hanging around the estate in 1915. This film is very easy on the eyes and ears (photography and music by Mark Ping Bing Lee and Alexandre Desplat, respectively – hire those guys for your movie and you’re halfway there), which it better be. (full review 5/3)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mira Nair, 2012). Getting hard to remember Nair at her best, and this is definitely not that. The lead is Riz Ahmed, who played the chief jihadist in the savagely funny Four Lions. (full review 5/3)

Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach, 2012). Not too difficult to warm up to what Baumbach and Greta Gerwig are up to here, although one regrets the difficulty of making black-and-white look black and white these digital days. (full review 5/24)

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968). Pace even more important than image or sound – but maybe it’s just the monolith telling me to say that. The blu-ray looks pretty good.

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