Movie Diary 8/11/2021

Never Gonna Snow Again (Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert, 2020). An outsider with a curious set of quasi-supernatural skills installs himself as a massage therapist in an upscale (yet tacky) suburban development. A Polish exercise in weird vibes and sly comedy. (Full review 8/13)

Heaven Can Wait (Warren Beatty, Buck Henry, 1978). A film that was very, very popular at the time, and understandably so; it wears its skills lightly, and puts it all over with great charm. I was able to anticipate certain line readings even after 40 years. A rare modern comedy (if I can use that phrase at this distance) that knows how to deploy a supporting cast of top-flight character actors.

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