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Film Discussion => 2017 In Film => Topic started by: wilder on September 05, 2017, 07:26:39 PM

Title: Lady Bird
Post by: wilder on September 05, 2017, 07:26:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNi_HC839Wo

The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

Written and Directed by Greta Gerwig
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6tT5GS2Eng), Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith
Release Date - November 3, 2017
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: Sleepless on September 06, 2017, 08:54:18 AM
What an enticing logline.
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: polkablues on September 06, 2017, 11:59:43 AM
Brooklyn was pitched in a similarly boring way and it turned out to be great, so maybe unmarketability is just Saoirse Ronan's thing now.
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: BigSock on September 27, 2017, 07:00:25 PM
Is anyone else seeing this at NYFF
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: modage on September 28, 2017, 07:21:50 AM
Is anyone else seeing this at NYFF
Yep.
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: BigSock on September 28, 2017, 10:55:44 AM
Is anyone else seeing this at NYFF
Yep.

Which day will you be going to  :shock: I'm doing the Sunday the 8th show
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: BigSock on October 14, 2017, 04:51:40 PM
I need to see again to fully grasp my affection for it, but this is very sweet and tender

Not sure it's Frances or Mistress level, but this operates on a mostly different, and more broadly accessible level

I'm astonished by how in command Greta is behind the camera and she maintains a feverish comic energy until you begin to recognize a level of melancholy sadness beneath the surface that chokes you up and brings you to tears in the final act

I'm still ambivalent about the closing sections as it runs out of steam a bit, but Metcalf is the heartbreaking emotional anchor of it all, and this is evidence that Ronan is currently one of the best actresses in the game-- she effortlessly melts into a character so divorced from how she is in reality with the most infectious charisma
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: wilder on November 11, 2017, 10:57:51 PM
Totally agree. This kills! Such an unabashedly sweet, joyous, heartbreaking movie. Greta's directorial hand is super strong. I'd put this on par with some of Baumbach's films, at least. After inadvertently reading about the Dave Matthews tune I was wondering if it could be as effective as many were saying - even more...I choked up. This film has all the familiar pathos of John Hughes but with a wiser eye behind the camera and the quality amped up to eleven.
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: wilder on November 12, 2017, 11:35:01 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlmQfR7GWZo
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: wilder on November 21, 2017, 04:54:20 PM
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: Something Spanish on December 06, 2017, 03:56:02 PM
LB was good, I just can't side with the heaping amount of praise people are shoveling on it. Saorise is excellent, sweet yet fierce, and as written by Gerwig Lady Bird is one of the better teenage heroines of film history, but the film is choppy, especially the first half. Both times I've seen it I had the same reaction, not really caring much until approximately midway through. The scenes are not given enough room to breath, whisking by before we're gives a chance at vesting an interest. Overall I liked it, especially the relationship between Lady Bird and her mother. The end rung many emotional truths of transitioning into adulthood. Gerwig has a strong voice, and I look forward to her next feature, but this didn't blow me away nearly as much as many of the reviews I've read.
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: wilberfan on December 26, 2017, 03:41:56 PM
LB was good, I just can't side with the heaping amount of praise people are shoveling on it.

I agree with you.  It was a solid first effort, and thought the performances by the two leads were excellent, but I certainly wasn't blown-away by the film. 
Title: Re: Lady Bird
Post by: Drenk on December 26, 2017, 03:54:15 PM
The praise over it as if it were the best American movie of the decade is strange, but people seem to know that their love for this movie is out of control.

It's a good movie. It's solid. Watching the trailer, I thought that I had already seen that movie before and even if there is a formula at work here Gerwig managed to twist it a little. She definitely has a voice, too. I welcome the warmness of her tone for the future.