Diary 5/9/2017

Snatched (Jonathan Levine, 2017). Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as daughter and mother on vacation in Ecuador, rudely kidnapped by bad hombres. A few cheerfully violent moments add some black comedy to this package. (full review 5/12)

A Dragon Arrives! (Mani Haghighi, 2016). An aggressively deranged Iranian film that begins with a shipwreck in the desert and gets increasingly surreal from there. I sense I didn’t catch everything, but it sure was interesting to see a film from Iran that does something this different. (screens in SIFF 2017)

Supernatural (Victor Halperin, 1933). An extremely bizarre melodrama about how the spirit of an executed female serial killer inhabits the body of Carole Lombard, at the same time a spiritualist (Allan Dinehart, who has a fantastically buttery chuckle) tries to fleece Lombard. Halperin made White Zombie the year before, which is understandably better known.

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