Movie Diary 4/14/2014

Scarface (Howard Hawks, 1932). A lot of the movie’s crazy – really crazy – energy seems to come straight from the ambitious head of Tony Camonte. It sure is a film about death: how to meet it, how casually it comes.

White Heat (Raoul Walsh, 1949). One situation after another, many of them improvised by Cody Jarrett as circumstances demand. This is one psychopath that thinks quick on his feet. And how about Cagney: wandering around in the dark, “talkin’ to Ma,” and finding it a good feeling.

Alan Partridge (Declan Lowney, 2013). Steve Coogan’s media dunce is not well known in the U.S., but this reasonably funny vehicle gives a useful showcase. (full review 4/18)

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