Movie Diary 8/19/2013

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Harald Zwart, 2013). It’s deranged, but lively, and I’ll take it over the final installments of Twilight any day. (full review 8/21)

When Comedy Went to School (Mevlut Akkaya, Ron Frank, 2012). This should have been at least twice as entertaining as it is – how can you miss with a documentary about Borscht Belt comedians plying their trade in the Catskills? – but some of the ancient jokes actually make it worthwhile. (full review 8/23)

Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen, 2013). Splendid cast, and an amazingly pessimistic view of things. The movie has a tendency to repeat itself in dialogue, which is either Allen being sloppy or the world driving Cate Blanchett’s character insane with its incessant nattering. People have been complaining that moviemakers haven’t addressed the economic collapse in fiction films, so give Allen credit for tossing something out there on the subject.

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