I’ve seen four good ones in as many days, two in theaters, two on DVD, so…
Juno: Over-hyped (but how could it not be?) but hilarious. Like the hype is saying, this is Ellen Page’s big break (because I don’t think Hard Candy was everyone’s cup of tea). The dialogue is as witty as promised, after trying a little too hard at the very beginning. Jennifer Garner channels (rips off?) Charlotte from Sex & the City in her crazy-baby-wanting-mama role. Am I the only one who sees this? Now my question is, will this spark the resurgence of the Moldy Peaches? Because lots of people are going to google that song.
Persepolis: Just as great as you know it’s going to be. When it ended, I was expecting another couple of hours, another couple of chapters. It’s a story that’s absolutely particular to one woman’s experience, but universal in the struggle with identity that it portrays. And her grandmother is fabulous. Punk is not ded.
Once: An indie made in Ireland starring two real-life musicians (and the woman was only 19 when this film was made, I think!). It’s a sweet story, could be too sweet but mostly avoids that, and the choices made in the end are brave but not expected. I loved this in the same way that I loved Italian for Beginners. But this one also has really good music.
Naked City: A 1948 film noir set in NYC. There’s a frame voice-over about how it was all shot on location here. I was multitasking while I watched it, but soon I wished I’d been paying more attention… there’s the Bronx courthouse in 1948, here’s the LES in 1948, I wanted them to slow down and show me what things looked like back then but of course the story moves on.