Movie Diary 6/2/2014

Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014). A fun idea and a reasonable measure of resonance. Cruise brings the movie star stuff in exemplary fashion. Quibble:  The combination of Liman’s quivery-cam and 3D is not a felicitous one. (full review 6/6)

Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1991). Still looks like a first film by a young director, but there’s a lot of smart stuff here too. If you weren’t already convinced, when the “commode story” comes on, you have to give some credit to the audacity of the thing.

Mood Indigo (Michel Gondry, 2013); Frank (Lenny Abrahamson, 2013); The Grand Seduction (Don McKellar, 2013). Three in a row at the Seattle International Film Festival. Not surprised Gondry made something so relentlessly cute; very surprised McKellar made something so square. That leaves Frank with win. Worth it for Michael Fassbender’s turn alone – a fully expressive performance while wearing a large inexpressive head.

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz (Kay D. Ray, 2014). A Seattle filmmaker shines a light on unsung (no pun intended) female musicians, with lots of interviews and vintage clips. A bounty of wonderful stories, and the music – from soulful to silly – is pretty much a treasure from top to bottom.



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  1. Thanks Robert for you comments and support!

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