If it's Oscar-nominated, Australian, found footage or made-for-television, it's hopefully already in my watchlist.
The variety show segment where a girl succeeds at ESP experiments is inspired stuff, but this meanders so much that it’s just one part of an largely unscary whole. (A 115-minute found footage movie is really pushing it!) The underscore and that grainy mid-‘00s digital video aesthetic further undermine it.
Using vampirism as metaphor for homosexuality long before it was cool, this is surprisingly thoughtful for a teen horror comedy. The messaging is progressive despite not actually having a gay character. Among the highlights are Robert Sean Leonard's awkward coming out speech (as a vampire, of course) and his parents mistaking him for gay, reading guidebooks on the subject, and accepting him before being corrected. It's entertaining watching Leonard come to terms with himself and he's an affable, awkward teenage…
The height of hubris for Gerwig to think she could improve upon Louisa May Alcott’s structure. By fracturing the timeline, it cuts most character arcs off at the knees. Emotional moments are dulled or simply don’t work. To compensate, the tone is manic as characters are constantly breathless, giggling and smiling to suggest connections that otherwise aren’t established. Contrasted with Gillian Armstrong’s warm, heartfelt, definitive 1994 version, it’s an abject failure.