Movie Diary 12/28/2020

Tenet (Christopher Nolan, 2020). Some of the early going is fun, as Nolan works out interesting ways to shoot action scenes and gives his protagonist some enjoyable lippiness. Other things weigh it down: the sheer effort required to try to understand what the hell’s going on, and the sense of actors wasting their time with typical Nolan exposition.

Bad Hair (Justin Simien, 2020). A funny and weird movie with roots in folk horror: an assistant (Elle Lorraine) at a Black MTV network (circa 1989) has strange reactions to a bad hair job, and to her own ambitions. This one’s an original, and does the period well.

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