Movie Diary 4/17/2017

A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies, 2016). There’s no way you can make a film about the life of Emily Dickinson, unless, apparently, you are Terence Davies and Cynthia Nixon. An unusual treatment, formal and even stiff at times, but leaving no doubt about the aesthetic urgency that underlies every moment. (full review 5/5)

High-Rise (Ben Wheatley, 2015). Missed this one the first time around, and Wheatley’s got a new movie, Free Fire, out on Friday. Here, the allegorical possibilities of a society contained in high-tech apartment building are just too ripe to resist; but the big problem is how not-very-fun any of this is, while the lessons are hammered to death.