Movie Diary 9/30/2015

Victoria (Sebastian Schipper, 2015). A 138-minute movie, all in one take, which is a useful reminder that if you’re going to try something like this, you should really know what you’re doing. The movie’s sort of about a robbery, although the robbery doesn’t actually take up much time and the heist sequence takes its idea from Gun Crazy, if you catch my drift.

99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani, 2014). Which finds the director as dour and single-note as usual, although the film is generally compelling in its look at the vultures who made money off the housing collapse. Somewhat surprised that Andrew Garfield turns in a fully-formed performance; also somewhat surprised that Michael Shannon (the chief vulture, written as though in an Arthur Miller play) gives a monotonous one.

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