Movie Diary 11/11/2013

Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013). Huh – even the movie you have in your head when you hear about this film’s milieu is not the movie it actually is. It can’t be, because the Coens are taking their distinctive way into the scene. And that’s all right. (full review 12/?)

Bastards (Claire Denis, 2013). The director’s cryptic approach does not blunt the terrible scenario that unfolds, as a man (Vincent Lindon) moves into a big apartment across the hall from a wealthy businessman and his trophy wife. Denis is definitely on her game. (full review 11/15)

God Loves Uganda (Roger Ross Williams, 2013). A documentary about the influence of American evangelicals on the people of Uganda. In other words: AAAAAAGGGGHHHH. (full review 11/15)

Sunlight Jr. (Laurie Collyer, 2013). Indie miserablism, with Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon as Florida minimum-wage lovers trying to get their heads above water, except they haven’t got the slightest clue how to swim. (full review 11/15)

Destiny (aka Der müde Tod, Fritz Lang, 1921). After a bunch of downbeat movies like those, a weary Death comes as a relief.

And hey, Tuesday night I’ll be at Edmonds Community College for “End of the Trail: How the Western Movie Rode Into the Sunset,” part of the Hazel Miller Conversations in the Humanities series. That’s at 7 p.m.; more info here. You can listen to a YouTube interview on the subject here.

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