Movie Diary 5/13/2013

Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979). “I admire its purity.” That’s a good way of putting it.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (David Lowery, 2013). An acclaimed number from the lo-fi branch of the film festival circuit – a movie fortunate to have Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, and – on his best behavior – Ben Foster. (plays in Seattle International Film Festival)

The Long Voyage Home (John Ford, 1940). The film’s got a special mood – I always think of it as a late-night movie, thanks to how I first encountered it on TV. And at times it is literally about light (during a wartime blackout), which seems appropriate to the overall composition.

Prince Avalanche (David Gordon Green, 2013). Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as guys in the woods on a  summer job, painting yellow lines down the middle of the road. Close to Green’s earlier, distinctive pictures, without completely abandoning the bro-comedy he’s dabbled in lately. (plays in SIFF)

The Iceman (Ariel Vromen, 2012). Real-life hit man, played by Michael Shannon. He’s the show, as the movie itself tends to overflex its cruddy grunge cred. (full review 5/17)

Graceland (Ron Morales, 2012). A Philippine thriller about a kidnapping gone bad in a whole variety of ways. Not at all savory, but the movie succeeds by blunt force. (full review 5/17)

In the House (François Ozon, 2012). Ozon in fine fettle, ably aided by Fabrice Luchini and Kristin Scott Thomas and a brilliant set-up: disenchanted high-school teacher becomes engaged by his student’s riveting, unkind stories about infiltrating the household of a classmate. This is two French films in two consecutive weeks (Something in the Air was last week) that vie for the “year’s best ending” sweepstakes. (full review 5/17)

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