Movie Diary 11/23/2015

Victor Frankenstein (Paul McGuigan, 2015). It’s not a hump, it’s an abscess. This is one of the new touches for an Igor-centric take on the story. Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy are energetic in a version that is, thank you very much, not Van Helsing-ian. (full review 11/25)

The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015). The meltdown, seen through a black-comic filter that aims somewhere between Strangelove and Burn After Reading. I still can’t understand the details of the financial collapse, but as the movie suggests, that’s part of the point. (full review 12/23)

In the Basement (Ulrich Seidl, 2014). The dour Austrian presents a documentary about what happens in the cellar. Spoiler: It’s not pretty. (full review 11/27)

Asthma (Jake Hoffman, 2015). Flaccid indie featuring Krysten Ritter. (full review 11/27)

Black Mass (Scott Cooper, 2015). Catching up with 2015 releases. Hard to get something new out of the mob world at this point, especially when you’re trying to summon up the spirit of past classics. But Depp, I thought, is pretty good at channeling the animalistic Whitey Bulger.

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