Movie Diary 7/4/2017

The Man on the Flying Trapeze (Clyde Bruckman, 1935). W.C. Fields with some admirable muttering and a handful of fruitful situations, which is quite sufficient.

My Dinner with Andre (Louis Malle, 1981). It had been a while, and I had never seen Criterion’s clean-up of the movie. The act of conversation itself remains the most significant part of the film. Watching it now gives the strange new wrinkle of being older than Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory as they are onscreen, which feels peculiar.

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Macon Blair, 2017). The admirable actor from Blue Ruin writes and directs a comic revenge story with a nice role for Melanie Lynskey (and a bunch of good people, some familiar, some not). It’s not a large movie, but it has some funny situations and language (“lawn art”), plus a good eye for Somewheresville, U.S.A.