Movie Diary 3/7/2016

Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick, 2015). Christian Bale plays a screenwriter disillusioned with Hollywood’s spiritually empty ways – all those parties and affairs with starlets. Malick continues in his recent vein. (full review 3/11)

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Stanley Kramer, 1963). Great double bill, I know. I hadn’t seen this all the way through since childhood, and it has been put out on a newish DVD. It’s still noisier than it is funny, but the loudness exerts a certain fascination – all these performers working so big, and we’re talking about people who knew from big: Mickey Rooney, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Dick Shawn. Plus, it’s novel to have Milton Berle as the still, quiet center of anything. The stuntwork is the real show, including the airborne stuff.

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