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Old 01-04-2008, 12:46 AM   #766
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Juno - 7/10

It was cute. It was funny. It had a good heart. But it wasn't exceptional. It's a solid film, the script was hit-or-miss, and it really only had one great performance (Page). Cera was good, but not major, and the rest of the cast ranged from downright awful (Garner) to decent. Nice to see Jason Bateman working out of his comfort zone here too [/sarcasm]

So yeah, I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I definitely prefer Thank You For Smoking. And there's almost no precedent for such a comparison, but since everyone seems to be mentioning this film in the same breath as Little Miss Sunshine I couldn't help but make my own comparison. I greatly GREATLY prefer LMS, but I've seen responses equally the opposite, so whatever.
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The Last 28 Minutes of Magnolia - 9/10

Just caught the end of this on Encore, right before the raining frogs. Helped me realize that even if there's no context for who any of the characters are or what the circumstances are, there is still so much beauty in every moment of this film. Truly the work of a contemporary master.
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I'm gonna try and watch Magnolia tomorrow night. I hope I enjoy it as much as Boogie Nights.
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Vertigo, so far, is my favorite.

As it should be.

North By Northwest is probably Hitch's most entertaining film, but I'd hesitate to call it much of a cinematic or artistic achievement. By comparison, Rear Window succeeds on all levels. But I think I can watch NxNW more often.

Cary Grant never lets you down. The most watchable screen personality ever, and will never be topped. There is no one else capable of such class, and yet willing to make a total ass out of himself if the story requires it.
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I'm gonna try and watch Magnolia tomorrow night. I hope I enjoy it as much as Boogie Nights.
I enjoy it quite a bit more than Boogie Nights. Personally, BN hasn't stood up quite as well each time I watch it, whereas Magnolia only improves upon every viewing.
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That may be because you respect the cock.
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Juno - 7/10

It was cute. It was funny. It had a good heart. But it wasn't exceptional. It's a solid film, the script was hit-or-miss, and it really only had one great performance (Page). Cera was good, but not major, and the rest of the cast ranged from downright awful (Garner) to decent. Nice to see Jason Bateman working out of his comfort zone here too [/sarcasm]

So yeah, I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I definitely prefer Thank You For Smoking. And there's almost no precedent for such a comparison, but since everyone seems to be mentioning this film in the same breath as Little Miss Sunshine I couldn't help but make my own comparison. I greatly GREATLY prefer LMS, but I've seen responses equally the opposite, so whatever.

Surprised you didn't like Garner, as she's getting mentioned in many reviews as putting in the best work of her career. I thought she was great.

But the rest of your review is spot on. TYFS was far superior, visually as well as script-wise, and I can't believe people like this more than LMS either. The latter was funnier (what a payoff at the end with Superfreak) and more human as well.
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Yeah, probably.
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I enjoy it quite a bit more than Boogie Nights. Personally, BN hasn't stood up quite as well each time I watch it, whereas Magnolia only improves upon every viewing.

Boogie Nights is too much of a GoodFellas ripoff to really hold up. It's funny as hell, but Magnolia towers over it in maturity and creativity.

I think the "Wise Up" sing-a-long is one of the bravest and most perfect scenes of the last 25 years. If you don't buy into that choice, the film's probably lost for you.
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Is there anything I should take into consideration or look for when I watch it?
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Is there anything I should take into consideration or look for when I watch it?
I'd say just keep in mind it's a melodrama, I think that helps.

Also, the predominant theme of the film is introduced in the very first sequence of the movie. So pay attention.

Other that, sit back and enjoy the ride. It's unlike anything you've likely seen before.
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Other that, sit back and enjoy the ride. It's unlike anything you've likely seen before.
That's what she said.

And thanks for the info.
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Was she normally a size queen or something?
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