Movie Diary 8/5/2013

Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey, 1935). First viewing of this in 30 years (at least), thanks to Turner Classic Movies. Struck by Charles Laughton’s anticipation of Andy Kaufman’s style. Rest of film holds up nicely. If they’d had a Best Supporting Actor Oscar category that year, would Roland Young and Charlie Ruggles both have been nominated?

Elysium (Neill Blomkamp, 2013). On the one hand an alternative to superhero action movies, on the other an eventual embrace of superhero elements. Not as funny as District 9, alas. (full review 8/9)

Planes (Klay Hall, 2013). Is it going to be this easy to distinguish a Disney film from a Pixar film? Because that is alarming news if so. (full review 8/9)


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