Movie Diary 8/29/2016

The 9th Life of Louis Drax (Alexandre Aja, 2016). A kid-in-a-coma-with-weird-powers picture, but a few other kinds of movie too, none of them very interesting. (full review 9/2)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir, 2003). It holds up well, and it might be the best film of 2003.

Massacre (Alan Crosland, 1934). Richard Barthelmess stars as an Indian – for years a sell-out in a Wild West show – who is called back to the reservation and discovers many outrages there. Good role for Barthelmess (and a decent one for Ann Dvorak), and the movie is kind of amazing for how blunt it gets about Native Americans getting the shaft from the United States – in one scene Barthelmess explicitly states that the massacre of native people still goes on today. The DVD is on a Pre-Code collection from Warner, and it’s an example of how much political material could sneak into a Hollywood film before the Code was set in cement.

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