Movie Diary 1/8/2019

Kiss and Make-up (Harlan Thompson, 1934). Cary Grant is a plastic surgeon and all-around re-shaper of the female form, stymied by marriage to a patient (Genevieve Tobin) overly devoted to his beauty regimen. Bad movie, with one terrifying nightmare sequence of the wife taking so long to get ready for an evening that Grant misses the tribute to his career achievements. Edward Everett Horton and Helen Mack are in there.

The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955). One of the greatest, still.

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, 2016). I liked it the first time, I liked it better the second time; Gerwig’s most impressive skill here, beyond the little observations, is an absolutely confident sense of pacing – the film sprints along in scenes that are exactly as long as they need to be.

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