Movie Diary 11/26/2013

To the Wonder (Terrence Malick, 2013). I can think of many problems with this movie, but one glaring issue stands out: no dinosaurs.

The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013). Variation on La dolce vita, with Toni Servillo (who was great in Sorrentino’s Il Divo) as a partying journalist who gazes at his life in Rome and wonders, I suppose, about the meaning of it all. Easy on the eyes, maybe too easy. (full review 11/29)

Our Nixon (Penny Lane, 2013). The home movies of Haldeman, Erlichman, and Dwight Chapin, woven together for an oddly compelling portrait of the Watergate years. Interesting idea, although the movie still needs the connective tissue of the Oval Office tapes and news stories. Still, good stuff.

Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938). Terrence Malick could take a cue from this movie: excellent dinosaur. Other peculiar creatures, too.

Camille Claudel 1915 (Bruno Dumont, 2013). Juliette Binoche is typically gutsy in this snapshot of the artist’s life. Dumont is gentler in his approach than in previous films, although the final scenes are sufficiently devastating. (full review 11/29)

Mud (Jeff Nichols, 2013). Yes, this is the best film from this director thus far. I still have complaints. Major good thing though: strong sense of place.

Her (Spike Jonze, 2013). Joaquin Phoenix, frequently talking to himself (or to the Operating System he falls for). Jonze scripted. That might have a lot to do with how much you stay with this movie.

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