Posts Tagged ‘Election’

Cedar Rapids – A Town, Uninsurable

Posted 17 Jul 2011 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Scott Martin

Cedar Rapids, USA, 2011

Directed by Miguel Arteta

Cedar Rapids is a character piece. Not just a screwball comedy, though it is that.Most of the time during this film, I thought to myself, “This feels like an Alexander Payne movie.” Payne, for those unaware, directed wonderful and heartfelt movies like Election (1999) and Sideways (2004). Sure enough, by the time the credits rolled, Payne’s name was listed as a producer for the picture; his fingerprints are all over it, though this is a bit more screwball than anything he would normally direct. The actual director here, Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl), doesn’t have the handle on human sympathy that Payne might, but he certainly hits it pretty close to home. Certainly pretty far from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which doesn’t seem to hold much sympathy for those who pass through it. Read More

Juno And The Restless Virgins

Posted 10 Jun 2011 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Stuart Nachbar

Juno, USA, 2007 Ellen Page's charm offensive nails adolescent trauma in this new pregnancy comedy JUNO.

Directed by Jason Reitman

Since I wrote a novel based around sex education, I’ve tried to pay attention to other books and movies that do the same. I reviewed Tom Perrotta’s The Abstinence Teacher, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This time, I’m reviewing Juno, a movie I enjoyed so much I saw it twice, the first time with my wife, the second time alone, so I could take a more insightful look at the story.

Juno is the story of a pregnant teenager who is trying to make sense of her difficult circumstances. Ellen Page, who plays Juno, makes the movie. She’s not only funny, but she appears wise without taking things too seriously. Juno is the geeky guy’s best friend, someone you can talk to, jam with, but you’d forget she was a girl unless she reminded you – and that’s how she gets pregnant. She reminded the cheese on her macaroni, before he ever knew he was. Read More