Movie Diary 8/6/2019

Cul-de-Sac (Roman Polanski, 1966). Polanski in high absurdist mode, taking a group of characters who might have slipped out of genre cinema and trapping them in a very mid-century kind of No Exit. Lionel Stander may have been a pain to work with, but he’s ideal in the role, and Donald Pleasence is all herky-jerky stylization. As he could be. Francoise Dorleac is a little uncertain in her English, but carries an intriguing quality of willfulness throughout. When I first saw this film years ago it seemed funnier; now it looks bleaker. But that variation is on me; the movie itself has full command of its strange mix of tones.

Angel Has Fallen (Ric Roman Waugh, 2019). There may be an embargo on comments for this movie, which actually suits me fine. But hey, Nick Nolte is in it. (full review 8/23)

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