Movie Diary 6/27/2017

Despicable Me 3 (Eric Guillon, Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, 2017). I get the minions and all that, but in some basic way I don’t understand the success of these pictures. At least this one has the voice of Trey Parker as the villain, a former mullet-head child actor now wreaking his vengeance on Hollywood. (full review 6/30)

The Beguiled (Don Siegel, 1971). First viewing in many years of this wildly unusual movie, which is currently being dismissed (not by all) as some kind of macho precursor to the Sofia Coppola remake. One of the movie’s many strengths is the way it portrays the wounded soldier as a lying, aggressive asshole, and how skillfully Clint Eastwood plays that part to a fare-thee-well.