Viewings 81-90 here:
Oct 11: California Typewriter. Charming documentary with some great Bay Area flavor.
Oct 14: False Confessions (Les fausses confidences). Largely incomprehensible cinematic exercise, redeemed by a rare comedic turn from Isabelle Huppert.
Oct 15: Seven Men From Now (1956). Budd Boetticher wasn't generally one to indulge his actors, but the camera loves Lee Marvin here.
Oct 21: Victoria & Abdul. A superficial and simplistic telling of a fascinating history. Pity the distinguished actors reduced to saying "What the hell?" every other line.
Oct 25: Despicable Me (2009, 3D). Rushed storytelling keeps this from being more than a collection of sight gags and manipulative moments.
Nov 1: Big Time (1988, 35mm). Tom Waits' concert film is deliberately distancing, but shows him at his peak and on his own terms.
Nov 8: Thor Ragnarok (3D). Spends too much time on franchise housekeeping to stand on its own. Blanchett is a riot and Goldblum needs to play more villains.
Nov 11: Hugo (2011, 3D). Once it gets to the film-history stuff I'm a goner. Every time.
Nov 20: The Florida Project. One more like this and Sean Baker gets a spot on my very short list of directors whose films I'll watch on the strength of their name alone.
Nov 21: Jane. Almost as notable as Goodall's years of groundbreaking research: van Lawick's years of exceptional film coverage.
Edited by Hammerhead - 11/21/17 at 10:17pm