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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1005 on: December 07, 2017, 03:29:14 AM »
Here's a link to a podcast on Lady Bird.  It 's very good, but you have to go past the half way point before they begin talking about the film.

http://tinyurl.com/ybay3zvt

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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1006 on: December 07, 2017, 03:54:56 AM »
This must be from London:


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« Reply #1007 on: December 07, 2017, 04:17:16 AM »
The two chief film critics from The New York Times have selected their top ten films of 2017.  Manohla Dargis is up first:

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6. ‘LADY BIRD’ (Greta Gerwig)

The anguished teenager has been a cinematic cliché since James Dean bellowed about being torn apart in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Ms. Gerwig’s tender, thrilling movie about an adolescent girl has plenty of drama: Our heroine throws herself from a car. Thereafter, she does more than simply survive; she becomes a person in a movie that insists female artistic self-creation isn’t a matter of sacrifice but of being.

^Keep in mind Ms. Dargis listed two documentaries above Lady Bird.  The film would actually be her #4 of the year if she had just listed feature films.

A.O. Scott is up next:

2. ‘LADY BIRD’

In a high school production of Shakespeare, Christine McPherson is cast as “the tempest.” “It’s the titular role!” says her once-and-future best friend — one of many odd, funny and perfectly apt lines in Greta Gerwig’s sort-of-autobiographical coming-of-age story. In its titular role (Christine prefers to be called Lady Bird), Saoirse Ronan is an utterly convincing American 17-year-old, and everyone else in her hectic world is just as sharply and sympathetically drawn. The film’s gentle, affirmative view of friendship, family life and adolescent sexuality is the opposite of sentimental.
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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1008 on: December 07, 2017, 11:57:46 AM »
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I don't know, I'm worried she's burning herself out, healthwise. Colbert last night, England today, SNL all last week plus Seth Meyers, two daytime interviews this week. I like seeing her but is this really necessary? Just makes me wonder if she's putting too high a price on winning awards.  Frances McDormand is not promoting herself at all. I admire that.
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You don't get to take seven months off without some karmic payback down the track.  (Seven months!)  She's young and she knows Lady Bird is right in the mix.  She's with Greta all the way on this one.

The Actors on Actors interview featuring Saoirse and Kirsten Wiig already has 130k views in less than 2 days!

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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1009 on: December 07, 2017, 05:09:39 PM »
I haven't posted a review in a while.  This is a bit of home cooking because the writer tells us Laurie Metcalf is from Edwardsville, Illinois.  This is from The Edwardsville Intelligencer:

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“Lady Bird” is effortlessly amazing

Robert Grubaugh • For The Edge Published 8:53 am, Thursday, December 7, 2017
 
When I see a movie such as “Lady Bird” that is so effortlessly amazing, it makes me angry that there are so many bad films being made every year.  “Lady Bird” is the directorial debut for actress Greta Gerwig, working from her own script.  She’s been a fascinating performer in several previous pictures (“Frances Ha”, “20th Century Women”), but the assured work by her own actors in this movie make me wonder what more we can expect from this new, fresh voice.

Gerwig’s muse here is Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan, a stunning actor in her own right), a grouchy teen growing up in Northern California during a touchy period post-9/11.  Lady Bird is not an endearing nickname from friends or family, it’s the one she’s taken as her own mantle.  That one fact really illustrates exactly what we need to know about Lady Bird.  She’s a free spirit, out to be her own person no matter what the other people in her sphere might have to say about anything.  Lady Bird is angry about a great many things such as the fact that her much older brother (Jordan Rodrigues) and his girlfriend both still live at home.  Her dad (playwright Tracy Letts) is an easy-going guy, but one dealing with his own depression and lethargy after being laid off from his work as a computer engineer.  She faces down her senior year at a “safe” Catholic high school in Sacramento where it seems like her only friend is the similarly-situated Julie (Beanie Feldstein) who’s going through her own wringer with a busted home life.  Even a first boyfriend experience with the closested Danny (Lucas Hedges, so great in last year’s “Manchester by the Sea”) and a run at the drama club’s Fall musical (“Merrily We Roll Along”) fail to incorporate Lady Bird into the mainstream success where well-rounded students thrive.

It’s Lady Bird’s mother, Marion (Edwardsville native Laurie Metcalfe), with whom our star has the widest divide.  Marion works hard, double shifts as a psychiatric nurse almost every day, as the family’s soul breadwinner.  She’s stern, but not cantankerous, using logic to get to a so-honest-she’s-cruel place.  She loves her daughter and wants only for her to be the best version of herself possible, but that translates into minutiae of their relationship that makes it appear as if she’s unfeeling toward Lady Bird and incapable of telling her why she’s important to her.  This all blends together to give us an unmixable pair: an oily daughter who can’t wait to flee for college far away and her watery mom hell bent on keeping her close because that’s the only option she can imagine working for either of them.

I caught Gerwig’s interview with Seth Meyers the other night, just a few hours after I saw this movie.  Her pained, self-conscious banter matches with what she was saying about her movie.  “Lady Bird” is mostly autobiographical.  She uses her art to share what it was like for her to grow up in California’s capital in 2002 and how much the music of this soundtrack influenced her life.  Truthfully, “Crash into Me” figures so prominently to the mood and message of the movie that it should probably get third billing.  I really liked this show and for so many reasons.  Ronan is remarkable, moving backward a touch to play a high school student two years after the romantic immigrant story, “Brooklyn”.  Hedges will also be in this week’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and he’s one to watch.  Marion might be the career peak for Metcalfe, next to be seen (other than on Oscar night?!) in the 2018 reboot of “Roseanne” on ABC.  I love post-Thanksgiving movie-going.  Now is when the best come out to play.

I feel exactly as the writer does in his first sentence.
 

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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1010 on: December 07, 2017, 06:38:53 PM »
Stone is relentless in her praise of every film and actress who happens to be in competition with Lady Bird and Saoirse:

In the below tweets, Manohla Dargis gives a pan to I, Tonya, thereby gaining notice from Stone right away.  Dargis' pan resulted in a very mediocre 50 Metacritic score that lowered the total so far to a decent if not great 76.



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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1011 on: December 07, 2017, 09:32:32 PM »
Here is the list just disclosed by AFI:

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AFI Awards 2017 Official Selections

Get Out
Call Be By Your Name
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
The Florida Project
Dunkirk
The Big Sick
Wonder Woman

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« Reply #1012 on: December 07, 2017, 09:47:06 PM »
Despite its many nominations, Lady Bird missed out in every category at the Detroit Film Critics Society final awards announcement.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/movies/2017/12/07/detroit-film-critics-society-honors-florida-project/108394092/

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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1013 on: December 07, 2017, 09:53:24 PM »
True, but it's a relatively small group of critics MM.

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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1014 on: December 07, 2017, 11:17:25 PM »
Saoirse makes it on top of more top 10 performance lists:

http://time.com/5047536/top-10-movie-performances-2017/
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1. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
2. Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
3. Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
4. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
5. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
6. Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime
7. Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
8. Millicent Simmonds, Wonderstruck
9. Bob Odenkirk, The Post
10. Meryl Streep, The Post

http://www.vulture.com/2017/12/the-10-best-film-performances-of-2017.html
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1. Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
2. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
3. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
4. James Franco, The Disaster Artist
5. Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project
6. Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion
7. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
8. Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
9. Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
10. Allison Janney, I, Tonya

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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1015 on: December 08, 2017, 12:10:54 AM »
Saoirse makes it on top of more top 10 performance lists:

http://time.com/5047536/top-10-movie-performances-2017/
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1. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
2. Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
3. Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
4. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
5. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
6. Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime
7. Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
8. Millicent Simmonds, Wonderstruck
9. Bob Odenkirk, The Post
10. Meryl Streep, The Post

http://www.vulture.com/2017/12/the-10-best-film-performances-of-2017.html
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1. Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
2. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
3. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
4. James Franco, The Disaster Artist
5. Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project
6. Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion
7. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
8. Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
9. Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
10. Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Not too shabby guys.  :D

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Re: Lady Bird
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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1017 on: December 08, 2017, 02:00:38 AM »
I believe this review from The Economist may be only the second out of the U.K. that I can think of at this time:

http://tinyurl.com/y8z7yb6k

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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1018 on: December 08, 2017, 04:28:28 AM »
Steve, the B.O. actual for Wednesday shows Lady Bird with the best Per Teather Average of the day 8)

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Re: Lady Bird
« Reply #1019 on: December 08, 2017, 11:11:42 AM »
Steve, the B.O. actual for Wednesday shows Lady Bird with the best Per Teather Average of the day 8)

Yes, and the film is racking up close to one-half million dollars a day during the week.  We'll have to wait a little while, but I'm curious about how wide A24 will eventually go with the film.