Movie Diary 1/5/2014

It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946). The newel-post in the drafty old Granville place is a measure of the arc of life, and of Capra’s craft.

My Childhood (Bill Douglas, 1972); My Ain Folk (Bill Douglas, 1973). First two parts of Douglas’s Scottish trilogy. Very precise portrait of impoverished, confusing boyhood. Details of behavior, and of composition, are so particular they seem burned in the memory.

Life Partners (Susanna Fogel, 2014). Female friendship, undergoing the tests of turning 29 years old. Spirited effort by Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs, but the film keeps insisting on their friendship rather than letting it show itself. (full review 1/9)

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