Christopher Sjoholm wrote:"Page One- Inside the NY Times"- turns out the much ballyhooed death of print media may not be so fast approaching. At least that is how this wonderful and insightful documentary makes me feel. That and the dynamic, lucid advocacy of one, David Carr. He is the hero of this film and a 'super' hero he is, hunched over, constantly chewing as if he were digesting his words, and always with the voice of a prophet defending the need for responsible journalism and for the Times. The film shows a model for survival that I think can work as the Times embraces the digital world and tries to carve out a space for itself within it. This film is affirming and I think I still will be waking to ink on my hands with my coffee for many more years to come. I sure hope so.
noiseradio wrote:I loved Hugo. It was the best thing I've seen in ages. Scorsese's best since Goodfellas.
Christopher Sjoholm wrote:Been a nice year for American Comedy- Midnight in Paris, The Descendents, and now Young Adult. I really enjoyed this movie. Loved how it subtly, and not so subtly, explodes those old myths of our youth that high school was the best time, that we can become better selves, that small town life is redemptive. That notion that human beings can grow and change is nicely subverted by Charlize Theron's finely tuned performance as the past prom queen who goes home to try to recharge her life- maybe we are what we are and we never can really change. She catches that in a very strong performance-I loved watching her face at times in this movie as she realizes this first hand and has to come to grips with the shallow monster she really is. The work by Patton Oswalt as the nerdy old high school classmate, who she never would have given the time of day to, is equal to Ms. Theron's. They make this film for me; that and the sharp, funny script by Diablo Cody. Jason Reitman has now completed a trifecta of smart, human and troublesome comedies about human experience. This is a nice addition to Juno and Up in the Air. Also liked the soundtrack- the insertion of the Replacement's "Achin' To Be' was a beautiful coda during a central scene. I also liked 'the true' ending, not Hollywood-ed up to make you feel good.
Otis Westinghouse wrote:noiseradio wrote:I loved Hugo. It was the best thing I've seen in ages. Scorsese's best since Goodfellas.
Well I enjoyed The Departed, but I agree. I loved it. .
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