Movie Diary 5/10/2021

The Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke, 1934). As breezy as it is, there is still the sense that the mystery plot intrudes too often on the general fun. But the fun is general. One wonders whether it would feel so bouncy if someone other than the fast-shooting Van Dyke had made it.

Tarzan the Ape Man (W.S. Van Dyke, 1932). Non-stop larger-than-life nuttiness. Strange to think that childhoods are probably no longer being affected by Tarzan movies and their madness. Amid all the inaccurate nonsense, there is one puzzling correction, when Maureen O’Sullivan asks Neil Hamilton whether the tribe of little people are pygmies, and he says, “No, they’re dwarves” – like they wanted to make sure they got this right?

The Paper Tigers (Quoc Bao Tran, 2021). Engaging and funny, shot in Seattle from an insider’s perspective. The concept is hard to resist: Three old martial-arts friends, long over the hill and past their early promise, must reunite to solve the death of their teacher. My review here.