Movie Diary 2/18/2014

Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984). The mysteries of this slice o’ life remain intact. Plus, there’s Harry Dean Stanton.

In Secret (Charlie Stratton, 2013). A telling of Zola’s Therese Raquin, rendered in straight fashion. Flat, you might say. Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac play the noir-ready lovers, and they are watchable; so is Tom Felton, who always looked a little awkward in the Harry Potter movies but has a great deal of spirit here. Still, not much of a film. (full review 2/21)

I Was Born, But… (Yasujiro Ozu, 1932). One of the great comedies of childhood, with uncanny kids and great running gags. Ozu had not settled in to his later purified style, but already seems like a master. (Upcoming talk on Ozu at the Frye Art Museum, Sunday the 23rd.)

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