Lady Call (This Week’s Movies)


Noemie Merlant, Adele Haenel: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Neon)

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald, and etc.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire. “Brightly colored but also cool and crisp; you can feel the brisk sea air in its scenes of women striding along the coast.”

The Call of the Wild. “Kiddie fare, and not especially distinguished as that. But it does come to life when Ford and the other old wolves get their due.”

At What a Feeling!, more 1980s reviews posted this week: Jay Russell’s End of the Line, Peter Markle’s Bat 21, Eugene Corr’s Desert Bloom, and George Miller’s (but not that George Miller’s) The Man from Snowy River.

Tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 p.m. at Scarecrow Video, we’ll continue with The Art in Horror: Horror and the Director, a series in Scarecrow Academy. The topic for the day is Carl Th. Dreyer’s Vampyr (1932), and the event is free.

Movie Diary 7/19/2010

Wild Grass (Alain Resnais, 2010). It might not be the best movie Alain Resnais has created in 50+ years of making movies, but it’s a tonic anyway. Stubbornly irrational, right to the ending, or the “endings.” (full review 7/23)

The Call of the Wild (William Wellman, 1935). Not the brightest moment for anybody involved, although some of the location shooting around Mt. Baker in the North Cascades is great. Possibly most famous for Loretta Young becoming pregnant with Clark Gable’s child while on snowbound location.

Never Cry Wolf (Carroll Ballard, 1983). Seen again at a distance, a very late-Sixties, early-Seventies sort of film, not least for its appreciation of a singular actor, Charles Martin Smith. I’m working on an Alaska project here, all right?

Ramona and Beezus (Elizabeth Allen, 2010). In which Ramona comes to find a personal relationship with Beezus. Decent grown-ups on the scene: Bridget Moynahan, John Corbett, Josh Duhamel, Ginnifer Godwin. (full review 7/23)

Cropsey (Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman, 2009). Docu-creepfest about a child-killer in Staten Island, capturing some of the chill of forested areas and abandoned buildings (and the network of tunnels that run beneath the old insane asylum – oh great). (full review, or partial review, 7/23)