Movie Diary 12/29/2014

The 2014 Critics Wrap, convened December 18 at the Frye Art Museum, is ready for the home viewer. It’s online at the Seattle Channel here, and will be broadcast a few more times in the coming days, to wit:

Thu, Jan 01, 2:00 a.m.
Thu, Jan 01, 2:00 p.m.
Thu, Jan 01, 10:30 p.m.
Fri, Jan 02, 8:30 p.m.
Sat, Jan 03, 9:00 p.m.

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (Fielder Cook, 1971). A neat movie, ably anchored by Patricia Neal. If you saw this when it was first broadcast you probably still remember it, and not just because it spawned The Waltons.

Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2014). Ceylan’s previous film was Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, one of the decade’s best, so there’s a tough act to follow. Keen sense of landscape and performance, and an admittedly odd sense of rhythm. (full review 1/2)

Ex-Lady (Robert Florey, 1933). Bette Davis in a racy pre-Code item about a woman who disdains marriage; Gene Raymond is the beau who thinks otherwise. A pretty fun minor thing. Florey almost directed Frankenstein, you know.

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