Movie Diary 6/10/2019

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Joe Talbot, 2019). To say this film is an unusual little number is underplaying it considerably. A strange, lyrical, loopy dream. More movies should try this, whatever the hell it is. (full review 6/20)

I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Radu Jude, 2018). From the director of Aferim!, a very different film: all about what happens when a director-provocateur stages a live performance piece about past Romanian atrocities to an audience that doesn’t really want to hear about it. A talky-in-the-best-sense movie, the film loves the process of debate, especially in the extended conversations between the ambitious director and her jaded, witty superior.

Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955). Dean really does have some great piercing moments, and the widescreen compositions are like an airplane taking flight. Seen again after many years, the surprising thing is how swiftly the film goes along, all full of teen energy and hot color.