Movie Diary 6/6/2016

Maggie’s Plan (Rebecca Miller, 2016). A screwball plot rendered in Miller’s thoughtful style – not a great recipe for huge yoks, but some charming and insightful scenes along the way. The comedic baggage is ably carried by Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore, among others. (full review 6/10)

The Bitter Stems (Fernando Ayala, 1956). Restored film noir from Argentina, in which the misunderstandings really pile up. A little pokey, but inventive at times and packing a killer ending. Screened at Seattle International Film Festival.

Bugs (Andreas Johnsen, 2016). Why we should be eating insects, and not only that, why we can’t allow the business to be controlled by the corporate overlords. The filmmakers sell their case, successfully normalizing a dicey activity. Shows at SIFF.

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