Lady Bird Is Definitely The Best Coming of Age Comedy This Year (and Is Expanding Nationwide This Weekend)
It’s nice to see that a year that had horror do so well (Get Out, It, Trump), that something so sweet, tender, honest, and so, so, so damn funny can find its way into your local multiplex this Thanksgiving weekend.
Apparently, we’ve all still got a bit of humanity left in us and Greta Gerwig, in her writer-director debut, not only knows how to coax it out, but also make you enjoy getting teary-eyed while doing so.
The whole cast makes the movie feel so real, as if you almost know all of them or facsimile thereof, whether you grew up in turn-of-the-millennium Sacramento, CA or not.
If it wasn’t clear already, go see it whenever and wherever you can.
Also, being a fan of Saoirse Ronan, we enjoyed imagining that her character in Atonement grew up to be Lady Bird.
Greta Gerwig Looks to Have Cooked Up Something Special for Her Writer/Director Debut “Lady Bird”
For years, Greta Gerwig has not only shone in front of the camera as nuanced, complex characters, often in Noam Baumbach movies, but she has worked her way in collaborating behind the camera (she co-penned the fantastic Mistress America).
Now, Gerwig has taken full control of the reins with the coming-of-age dramedy film she wrote and directed, Lady Bird. The notion of being disillusioned with the suburbs, growing up Catholic, parents isn’t anything new, but the trailer shows a special touch from Gerwig (we should add that it’s one that has done well to work with Baumbach so much) along with what looks to be another star performance from Saoirse Ronan.
See for yourself here.
Lady Bird starts rolling into theaters on Friday, November 10th.
One Dachshund Brings Four Unlikely Stories Together in Trailer for Todd Solondz’s Latest “Wiener-Dog”
It’s been quite some time since singular director Todd Solondz’s last film, but after many years, Wiener-Dog will be hitting theaters soon.
The man who brought us the engrossingly enigmatic, and often bleak, humor of Welcome to The Dollhouse, Happiness, Palindromes, and Storytelling now brings us a story of life being connected via a dachshund.
Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Zosia Mamet, Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, and Julie Delpy make up for a stellar ensemble cast and, knowing Solondz’s filmography, the trailer only teases slightly what batty darkness is bubbling underneath the surface.
Look for Wiener-Dog in theaters on June 24th.
Watch Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore Play Out a Ridiculous Love Triangle in Trailer for “Maggie’s Plan”
It’s not often you get to hear about a love triangle in a romantic comedy where the triangle gets reversed.
The trailer promises some good, screwball fun between Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, a delightfully accented Julianne Moore, and Maya Rudolph.
Look for it in theaters soon.
Todd Solondz’s “Weiner-Dog” To Be Released by Amazon
Let it be known that this is the year that streaming services are really putting their money down for festival films.
Last year, you hardly heard of Netflix and Amazon being the big buyers of something like Dope or Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. This year, it’s a much different story. Streaming services are right up there at Sundance with the studios in bidding wars and getting some of the more high profile movies on the line-up.
Todd Solondz’s comedy, Weiner-Dog, that follows the lives changed by a dachshund and features Greta Gerwig got nabbed up by Amazon, but will be getting a theatrical release as well. The option between theatrical and home viewing will be nice considering Solondz’s niche, but loyal fan base from his other work like Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness.
This is probably just the start of Amazon’s shopping spree for festival films.
Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Rights to Next Movie Where Greta Gerwig Is Figuring Out Life in NYC, “Maggie’s Plan” at TIFF
Even though she was great in Greenberg, which is set in LA, Greta Gerwig is the go to NYC indie dramedy darling.
Frances Ha, Mistress America, and Lola Versus all follow Gerwig as she is going through some tumultuous phase of her life while in NYC and it’s proved to be a winning formula.
So, in this latest edition of Greta in NYC called Maggie’s Plan from Rebecca Miller, Gerwig gets into a love triangle with a couple played by Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore and decides that she wants to be artificially inseminated as part of complicating the whole relationship.
It was playing at The Toronto International Film Festival and got snatched up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. We’d definitely like to see it in theaters soon as we’re still in the afterglow of how great Mistress America was.
Mistress America Is Now Playing All Over Southern California This Weekend
At this point, you’ve probably already seen Straight Outta Compton, maybe even more than once.
If you’re wondering what to see next in theaters, you’re in luck that Noah Baumbach and Great Gerwig’s latest work, Mistress America, opened wider this weekend to dozens of theaters across Southern California as well as some places up North like Oakland and San Francisco.
It looks to be another pitch perfect distillation of this generation that isn’t quite lost, but certainly is taking its time to wander.
Check where it’s playing here in our great state of CA as well as where it’s playing/opening across the country here.
Watch Greta Gerwig on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”
Hopefully, it comes as no surprise that the star and co-writer of Mistress America is a delight to talk to.
Greta Gerwig is starting to make the rounds on late night in promotion of her latest film that she stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Watch Trailer For Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s Latest “Mistress America”
An embrace as well as a satirical send-up of generations has been Noah Baumbach’s forte and his latest work with co-star and co-writer Greta Gerwig, Mistress America, looks like it’ll be sending up this current generation once more in a delightfully biting almost-thematic/spiritual-sequel-to-Frances Ha way.
Watch the trailer here and look for a limited theatrical release on Aug. 14th.
Noah Baumbach’s Latest Comedy Frances Ha in Black and White and Starring Greta Gerwig
Whether it’s an homage or reference to Woody Allen’s films or not, we do have a soft spot for wry comedy in black and white. Such is the case with Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha starring Greta Gerwig. See the trailer to see what we’re talking about.