Movie Diary 6/11/2019

Men in Black: International (F. Gary Gray, 2019). Basically a bargain installment of the franchise, told with snappy humor and the breezy rapport between Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth. Not sure “modest” is the best approach for this kind of material, though. It will play well streaming. I’m not being perverse when I say that Emma Thompson is sharper here in a few minutes than she is in Late Night. (full review 6/14)

Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966). This zany project of the Czech New Wave gives away its game with the newsreel war footage spliced into the opening credits – there’s anger in its antics. Very 1966, very Eastern European, very liberating in its own way. The game of flooding the image with color tinting is suitable for the Sixties, but it also goes back to the silent era, and the kind of comedy-anarchy on display here.

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