Review: Little Women

Director: Greta Gerwig Stars: Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson There's a scene in Noah Baumbach's Mistress America in which Greta Gerwig's character Brooke has to pitch her idea for New York restaurant called Mom's. The place would have big chunky furniture; where at the end of the night the chef and the service staff joined the … Continue reading Review: Little Women

Review: Lady Bird

Director: Greta Gerwig Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts I've been thinking a lot about homogenised culture and Donnie Darko. Indulge me. I'm 34. When Donnie Darko came out - around the close of 2001, start of 2002 - its 1987 setting felt quirky and nostalgic. The fashions, the mindsets, the music. Maybe because I was … Continue reading Review: Lady Bird

Why I Love… #91: Damsels In Distress

Year: 2011 Director: Whit Stillman Stars: Greta Gerwig, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke With the arrival of Greta Gerwig's celebrated directorial debut Lady Bird on UK shores (after what feels like an eternity of waiting), it felt like the perfect time to reflect on one of her sparkling earlier roles in front of the camera. The most … Continue reading Why I Love… #91: Damsels In Distress

Review: 20th Century Women

Director: Mike Mills Stars: Annette Benning, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig Forrest Gump's mother talked a load of horseshit. Life may indeed be like a box of chocolates, but people who don't know what to expect in a box of chocolates probably need to go back to school and start over. You get chocolates in a … Continue reading Review: 20th Century Women

Review: Jackie

Director: Pablo Larraín Stars: Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, John Hurt In the last 100 years there have been a handful of moments in American history that can be argued to have brought trauma to the collective consciousness. 9/11 is one. The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is another. And one can look broadly at … Continue reading Review: Jackie

Review: Wiener-Dog

Director: Todd Solondz Stars: Julie Delpy, Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito Wiener-Dog is the latest film from Todd Solondz. It finds the writer/director on fine form, pedaling more of his homespun all-American nihilism in which depraved hilarity and gut-punch sadness collide. That might not sound like the best night out but, depending on your sense of humour … Continue reading Review: Wiener-Dog

Review: Maggie’s Plan

Director: Rebecca Miller Stars: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore I've been thinking of drawing up bingo cards for the genre staples of the New York indie relationship dramedy. A box full of boxes each one containing a different recognisable trope. The studio apartment. The academic novelist. The charming park bench scene. Piles of books. The … Continue reading Review: Maggie’s Plan

Review: Mistress America

Mistress America is the second feature from Noah Baumbach of 2015 to deal with the thorny subject of intellectual property. Where it begins. Where it ends. But where spring's more user-friendly While We're Young came by the topic via a subplot that seemingly took over the picture, Mistress America seems more deliberately built to address the issue. In … Continue reading Review: Mistress America

Why I Love… #70: No Strings Attached

Year: 2011 Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Natalie Portman (Emma), Ashton Kutcher (Adam), Kevin Kline (Alvin), Greta Gerwig (Patrice), Cary Elwes (Dr Metzner), Lake Bell (Lucy) Genre: Romantic Comedy And thus in one fell swoop any flickering credibility that I may have managed to muster over the last two years is instantly extinguished. Snuffed out. Just … Continue reading Why I Love… #70: No Strings Attached

Why I Love… #52: The House Of The Devil

Year: 2009 Director: Ti West Stars: Jocelin Donahue (Samantha), Greta Gerwig (Megan), Tom Noonan (Mr Ulman), Mary Woronov (Mrs Ulman), AJ Bowen (Victor Ulman), Dee Wallace (Landlady) Genre: Horror In theory The House Of The Devil shouldn't work. In theory, this is the kind of walk down misery lane that plagues modern horror, keying into past glories … Continue reading Why I Love… #52: The House Of The Devil

Review: Frances Ha

I didn't think I would be recommending Frances Ha, but I am. From the outset this sounded as though it had the potential to be one of the flimsiest if not plain irritating films of the year. A large part of this has to do with my own scepticism regarding director Noah Baumbach. Whilst depressed-Ben … Continue reading Review: Frances Ha