Movie Diary 9/15/2016

The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua, 2016). Some enjoyable bits, and good landscapes (a Western shot in Louisiana), but there’s no equivalent of James Coburn, you know what I mean? At least the Western seems to be getting normalized for the 2016 audience, not that it’s ever going to come back. (full review 9/23)

American Honey (Andrea Arnold, 2016). A picaresque pastoral, with a vaguely unreal, Oliver Twist-like premise played against very real squalor. Will have to live with this one for a while. I’m sure about this, though: Critics have already quibbled that it’s too long, at 163 minutes, to be focused, and that some tightening up would help. This is wrong. (full review ?/?)

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