Movie Diary 1/20/2014

The Best Offer (Giuseppe Tornatore, 2012). The Cinema Paradiso director harnasses himself to a kind of genre tale, about a fussy art dealer (Geoffrey Rush) lured into lowering his guard by a mysterious, unseen new client. The story’s fundamentally ridiculous but the machinery is nicely upholstered – plus Geoffrey Rush. (full review 1/24)

Raze (Josh C. Waller, 2013). Not what you think a movie about women death-fighting tournament-style is going to be, somehow. Tarantino’s favorite stuntwoman Zoe Bell stars. (full review 1/24)

American Promise (Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, 2013). Good intentions on display, but the queasiness behind the married filmmakers putting their own son under Hoop Dreams-style scrutiny might begin to trouble. (full review 1/24)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). Not watched at midnight, nor with a crowd of role-playing devotees, alas. (I am teaching a course on Cult Films right now.) Fond memories of the summer of 1979 and the Neptune Theatre are nevertheless evoked.

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