Movie Diary 12/29/2015

Flowers (Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga, 2014). Spain’s official submission for the Oscars (it didn’t make the final cut). A very carefully made movie – maybe too careful to fully breathe, but a quietly compelling idea. (full review 1/1)

Help! (Richard Lester, 1965). You watch your favorite movies on Christmas Eve, is what you do. There’s more here than meets the eye.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014). It’s worn well, this one.

Walk on the Wild Side (Edward Dmytryk, 1962). It left an impression in adolescence. Some curious casting (Laurence Harvey as an aw-shucks Texas drifter), and too clean around the edges, but the movie sure has strong stuff from its gallery of actresses: Capucine, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Fonda, Anne Baxter, Joanna Moore.

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