Movie Diary 1/9/2017

Live by Night (Ben Affleck, 2016). A Dennis Lehane novel feels very compressed as a 129-minute gangster picture, the axis of which tilts from Boston to Tampa. The quick, exposition-heavy nature of the writing (Affleck did the adaptation) does not capture a time-spanning sprawl as it is clearly meant to – it movies fast, but it seems slack. It’s a well-dressed movie, anyway. (full review 1/13)

My diary-keeping has been spotty because I was away for five weeks giving lectures on a cruise ship, the Regent Seven Seas Navigator, which traveled from Cape Town to Miami. Thanks to everyone who not only made this happen but also made it very memorable. Now, back to keeping track of movies.


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