Movie Diary 8/21/2017

Good Time (Josh and Benny Safdie, 2017). Robert Pattinson as a lowlife, scrabbling through a cold night in Queens as he tries some very desperate maneuvers on behalf of his brother. When I wrote about the Safdie’s Daddy Longlegs, I compared the main character to the hustler played by Richard Widmark in Night and the City; same deal here. (full review 8/25)

Victoria and Abdul (Stephen Frears, 2017). Judi Dench slipping back into the togs of the Queen of England – yes, it’s that Vicky – this time matched with a young Muslim chap from India. (full review 9/29)

The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963). Memorial viewing. One thing to note is that at the center of the movie is anxiety about a performer’s sudden loss of control in mid-performance – it’s all about somebody dying on stage. And other things, too.

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