Movie Diary 3/10/2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014). Has anyone else recently seen an Ernst Lubitsch movie that magically turned into a Blake Edwards movie? Then you have already seen this, I guess. Anderson’s best film since The Royal Tenenbaums is also a statement of purpose, and will incidentally change the way absolutely everybody thinks about Ralph Fiennes. (full review 3/14)

Nymphomaniac, Volume 1 (Lars von Trier, 2013). A serious movie, but then I always thought von Trier was serious (except when he was making up that Dogma stuff). Not a free-standing film – it needs Vol. 2, which is coming soon. (full review 3/21)

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Denis Côté, 2013). The French Canadian filmmaker does another near-anti-movie, aided considerably by performances by Pierrette Robitaille and Romane Bohringer. (full review 3/14)

Particle Fever (Mark Levinson, 2013). Physicists and their enthusiasms, which are considerable when the subject is the Large Hadron Collider. Put that in your Higgs boson and smoke it. (full review 3/14)

White Heat (Raoul Walsh, 1949). This sure is a busy film, with nonstop bits of business, psychology, and police procedural stuff. And of course Cagney, who can’t not be a buzzsaw.

Dillinger (Max Nosseck, 1945). Lawrence Tierney is no Cagney, but he does have a certain cheap-Mitchum vibe in this low-rent, step-by-step bio of the gangster.

Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000). For all of its culty shock value, there is a lot of good moviemaking here. You can miss that the first time around, because OMG did you see what that kid just did to that other kid? And so on.

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