Movie Diary 9/6/2016

Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti, 2015). Moretti leavens his melancholy viewpoint with humor and telling detail. It’s about a film director (Margherita Buy) whose mother is dying; her leading man (John Turturro) is a Hollywood jackass who can’t remember his lines. Moretti plays the director’s brother, a character imbued with real mystery. (full review 9/9)

For Love of Spock (Adam Nimoy, 2016). The actor’s son directs an inside view of the man who once wrote a book called I Am Not Spock, and later took it back. A friendly movie, built for fans. (full review 9/9)

Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil (Pieter Van Huystee, 2016). Documentary look at how museums go about the delicate business of trying to get paintings loaned for exhibitions, and etc. Plenty of good material, including the close-ups of grotesque Boschian details, although the movie as a whole seems to end before the end. (full review 9/9)

Lost in America (Albert Brooks, 1985). I have never quite gotten over the way this movie seems to end before the end, either. But its funny moments are still funny.

O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman, 2016). Well this brought back some sour memories. But it certainly is a big-canvas attempt to make sense of a murder, and to suggest how this incident is a turning point, or tipping point, or maybe crystal ball in which the future is seen.

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