Movie Diary 2/24/2020

Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975). The audacity never pales.

Welcome to Marwen (Robert Zemeckis, 2018). A genuinely interesting movie. This is the much-derided and instantly-vanishing feature adaptation of the documentary about Mark Hogancamp, the artist who – after suffering an amnesia-inducing beating – photographs tiny WWII dioramas created with dolls. This film creates a few alarming Hollywoodization possibilities, but manages to sidestep a large number of them. Hogancamp’s little creatures come to computer-generated life, maybe a little too extensively. As a concept for how a damaged person might deal with trauma, the set-up is touching, and the human side is admirably held up by Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, and Merritt Weaver.

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