Movie Diary 10/26/2010

Love and Other Drugs (Edward Zwick, 2010). Pharmaceutical sales rep Jake Gyllenhaal meets Anne Hathaway, an average Pittsburgh gal with an ailment. The introduction of Viagra plays a role, too. (full review 11/24)

Howl (Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Freidman, 2010). What the hell, why not take a stab at a slightly different approach to civic history and literary homage. It doesn’t work very well (the literal-minded animations especially), but the language of the Howl obscenity trial is frequently stirring and it’s good to be able to hear the poem itself read out. James Franco plays Allen Ginsberg, with some clever vocal approximations of Ginsberg’s delivery. (full review 10/29)