Movie Diary 6/1/2015

The Connection (Cédric Jimenez, 2014). Marseille, 1975, in the wake of The French Connection: an investigator tries to clean up the dirty town with cowboy tactics. He’s played by Jean Dujardin, which makes a big difference in this film’s watchability; the star of The Artist and OSS 117 is right in gear with the period furnishings. The movie’s more Scorsese than Friedkin in style, and pretty corny at the core. (full review 6/5)

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (Guillaume Nicloux, 2014). The author plays himself in this fantasia about a very laid-back abduction. An amusing movie if you can accept Houellebecq as a grouchy Man Who Came to Dinner type. (full review 6/5)

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