Movie Diary 8/26/2019

Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018). An update of Rear Window in which the voyeur (Andrew Garfield) is pervier than James Stewart and also flagrantly conspiracy-obsessed. Mitchell, the director of It Follows, seems determined to make it difficult to actually like the hero and his journey, and yet the movie compellingly flings you forward through its increasingly surreal L.A. undergrowth; Mitchell has a knack for visual flow, to say nothing of the propulsive beat of the jangled soundtrack. The movie’s overloaded to the point that you might miss the clean, sinister lines of It Follows, but it feels like one of those projects a young director wants to get out of his system.