Movie Diary 9/29/2015

The Walk (Robert Zemeckis, 2015). Last week I complained about the cornball conventions of The Martian. Yeah, so this movie has a lot of those too, but it’s also got antic, light-footed momentum, and genuinely cinematic (as opposed to pictorial) sense of how to fill the screen. Which The Martian lacks. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the guy who walked on a wire between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 – you know, at the top. If you’re going to invent digital technology, surely this is what it’s for. (full review 10/9)

He Named Me Malala (Davis Guggenheim, 2015). Standard documentary filmmaking, but if you haven’t made the acquaintance of Malala yet, this is a strong introduction to an uncommonly quick-witted and charming teenager who has already changed the world. Also, if you think theocracy is a good idea, you might want to see this. (full review 10/9)

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