Movie Diary 5/24/2017

Beatriz at Dinner (Miguel Arteta, 2017). The early festival reports on this seemed be generally blah, as though Arteta and screenwriter Mike White had let us down by not providing more audience gratification in this portrait of a humble masseuse (Salma Hayek) meeting a Trumpian exploiter (John Lithgow). But instead it’s a movie of real mystery, which is a trade I will take. (screens at SIFF)

Something Wild (Jonathan Demme, 1986). The shifts in tone in this road movie seem less shifty now and more woven into what is always an unstable plot. Lots of good stuff, and pure Demme, in the stray bits of Americana that go flicking past as the story hurtles along.


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