Movie Diary 12/11/2013

The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013). Not true that this movie (fictionalized version of the inventor of the Japanese Zero) ignores the moral consequences of its inventor’s creation; on the other hand, it’s not entirely without a queasy factor, either. Clearly Miyazaki’s channeling his own life as a creator through the dreamy hero. Plus it looks fantastic – duh.

The Unknown Known (Errol Morris, 2013). Donald Rumsfeld, a man who by pathological definition cannot stop talking even as he traces endless loops around whatever the hell it is he’s saying, is Morris’s subject here. We already know what happened, but what a character study. And the movie should stand for decades as part of the record of a catastrophe.

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