Double feature: “I’m not the enemy,” the eponymous protagonist of “Michael Clayton” tells his unravelling coworker in an attempt to distance himself from the compromising agenda of his profession. The latter, not skipping a beat, shoots back: “Then who are you?” It is this exchange – the sharpest in a film of sharp exchanges – that links “Michael Clayton” to the endearing and moving documentary “Bill Cunningham New York.”
Double feature: The combination of sly satire and visual panache seems like a rare one, perhaps because of intrinsic differences in scale (detailed vs. holistic) and medium (word vs. image.) But when these two elements combine, as they do in both “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Dr. Strangelove,” the effect is dazzling.
Double feature: This double feature isn’t meant to cross the border into flippancy.