Eh. Paul Schrader has some interesting ideas, some neat shots and memorable lines, but as it moves along its thematic journey and central relationship feels half-baked in execution. Definitely my least favourite of this nightly journaling trilogy. Joel Edgerton on terrific form though.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. 2023
Wonderful. Kelly Fremon Craig once again blends comedic and dramatic so deftly in exploring the anxieties of young womanhood. Excellent companion piece to Edge of Seventeen in finding that same frankness of self expression and discovery though the protagonist’s journey. Here we get that in a more period specific setting, with the same blend of the heightened eccentricities and lower-key tones that is so well done. Wholeheartedly embracing the awkwardness and uncertainties of each tween step with so many memorable friend/family dynamics. Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams are terrific.
How good is this? Well, I set a limit for myself to 5 episodes maximum today to binge, and ended up just devouring the whole juicy whole in one day. It's so insanely addictive. Every episodes coheres and builds together in this cascade of hilarity, rage, desperation. Brilliant needle drops. Shifting from comedy to drama to...some fucking crazy tangents with insanely great assurance. Two absolutely batshit final episodes that you will need to see to believe. And Steven Yeun and…
An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It 2022
Fun, inventive and at times genuinely a bit unnerving meta examination of a stop motion figure's existential crisis, capped off with a rather clever finale. Plays around with so many little fun tricks that makes it a smashing 12 minutes.