Movie Diary 12/30/2013

A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhang-ke, 2013). Somebody somewhere must have already pointed out that this film and The Wolf of Wall Street end with almost identical shots, although their methods of arriving there are different. Both films are about money, although this one is rather more concentrated and exacting than the Scorsese version. (full review 1/3)

Bettie Page Reveals All (Mark Mori, 2013). Docu portrait of the famed pin-up model, whose culty fans basically come across as culty fans. Page’s story is interesting, and her own throaty voice narrates it. It’s a sad saga, despite the campy halo that surrounds Page these days. (full review 1/3)

The Crash Reel (Lucy Walker, 2013). Portrait of traumatic brain injury and what it did to a leading snowboarder, Kevin Pearce. It sounds like just another documentary, but the straight-ahead treatment and the people around Pearce (notably his fascinating family) elevate this one.

Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013) and Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013). Second time ’round for a couple of top ten choices. No regrets.

White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954). I got no squawks, no beefs. The kid played a percentage, it worked, and we’re here.

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