Movie Diary 11/17/2014

Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund, 2014). This one is a droll and discomfiting study of a seemingly perfect family on vacation at a ski resort. That’s as much as you should know before you see it, but you can anticipate a great ending. (full review 11/21)

The Velvet Underground Tarot Cards (Andy Warhol, 1966). The Seattle Art Museum showed this 65-minute opus in 16 mm. Lots of snap-zooms, indecipherable conversation, and Andy’s attention-deficit camera be-bopping around the room. It’s a test of patience, but there’s something interesting going on, too – you realize that the point of attending this party isn’t to engage in conversation or hear anything especially interesting, but just to be there and watch and take it all in. Which is what Warhol does. The members of the VU, including Nico, are in it.

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