Movie Diary 7/5/2016

The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer, 2016). Helmer Holmer (I’ve been wanting to say that) is one of the real discoveries of the movie year, and this study of an introverted pre-teen, who joins the school dance squad just as it is hit by an epidemic of fainting spells, is fascinating. (full review 7/8)

Les Cowboys (Thomas Bidegain, 2015). Directing debut of one of the writers of A Prophet, and an especially good movie to experience without knowing too much about it. So suffice it to say that it has to do with events of the world today, but through a very personal lens. (full review 7/8)

The Fury (Brian De Palma, 1978). The strengths and weaknesses of De Palma are on ample display. In the current documentary about him, the director doesn’t have much enthusiasm for this title, and yeah, he’s probably right about that.

Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951). Seemed like a good idea – you know, “in this day and age” – to revisit Wilder’s acid-dipped valentine directed at us. It really clicks, all the way down to the floor.

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