Movie Diary 6/9/2014

A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009). One of the best movies of the last few years. Nice to revisit it and see how breathtakingly it does its thing.

Palo Alto (Gia Coppola, 2013). A Coppola granddaughter gets into the family business. Enervated teens drifting through the California funk. Adapted from a book of short stories by James Franco. Anybody still reading this?

The Trip (Michael Winterbottom, 2010). It’s on Netflix Instant, and thus a little too easy to just put on.

Cloudburst (Francis Searle, 1952). Robert Preston is a WWII code-breaker who puts his talents to different use after the war: seeking vigilante justice against the criminals who killed his wife. Script is co-written by future Peeping Tom scribe Leo Marks.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Dean DeBlois, 2014). Bigger than the excellent first installment, but not too overblown. Interesting wrinkle: the characters have actually aged out of adolescence for the sequel.

Feel My Pulse (Gregory La Cava, 1928). Bebe Daniels, Richard Arlen, and William Powell in a bootlegger comedy that boasts a few genuinely funny visual gags. The sanitarium-on-an-island set-up is oddly like a pre-Shutter Island.

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