Movie Diary 3/17/2014

The Roaring Twenties (Raoul Walsh, 1939). Sterling Cagney dynamism in a movie about an era that had already passed into history in ’39. Not much is wasted in this bustling account, and you learn a few things about how bootlegging works, too.

Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi, 1962). The beginning of this film’s fascination is how the title character barely appears as a figure in it. Even though Rosi adopts a semi-documentary style, the approach is somehow supple and fluid.

Muppets Most Wanted (James Bobin, 2014). Some things have changed since the last one. What were they thinking? (full review 3/21)

The Shuttered Room (David Greene, 1967). With Oliver Reed and Gig Young onboard, one wonders at some of the nights out during this shoot. Plenty of nonsensical behavior contained here, although the ending still creates some creeps.

It! (Herbert J. Leder, 1967). A Golem movie by any other name. Pretty feeble considering the circumstances. Giving Roddy McDowall a mummified mother seems like overkill.

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