Movie Diary 2/13/2017

The Son of Joseph (Eugène Green, 2016). Another strikingly unusual film from the director of La Sapienza, with a similarly formal, almost stilted style that nevertheless carries a great deal of emotional weight. Green, a French citizen for decades but born in the U.S.A., has an American’s grateful appreciation for European spaces. (full review 2/17)

The Red Turtle (Michael Dudok de Wit, 2016). One of the Oscar-nominated animated features, a parable about a shipwrecked sailor and a magical red turtle. Boy, is it a parable. (full review 2/17)

Fist Fight (Richie Keen, 2017). Charlie Day and Ice Cube as teachers planning a schoolyard throw-down at three o’clock high. It’s being released, this is. (full review 2/17)

Kingdom of the Spiders (John “Bud” Cardos, 1977). Shatner in frisky B-movie form, Tiffany Bolling (The New People) as a less-than-credible scientist, plus many actual tarantulas. Quite a bit of amazement here.