Movie Diary 9/15/2014

The Boxtrolls (Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi, 2014). Abundant rapid-fire wit (of the kind every animated movie has now) and amazing images. Stellar voice work, too. And maybe just a little Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol influence? Too bad these things have to build to a big climax. (full review 9/26)

My Old Lady (Israel Horovitz, 2014). A Horovitz stage play settles into a Paris apartment (and what an apartment) with Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott-Thomas, and Maggie Smith. There are worse things. (full review 9/19)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson, 2004). Did not really like it much more a second time.

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, 2006). A follow-up film to the great Atanarjuat – The Fast Runner, and while understandably not as groundbreaking as that one, still an interesting study. Unusual rhythms and a devastating ending.

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