Monday, April 5, 2010
Best Movies You've Never Seen #5
Kicking and Screaming (1995) - Noah Baumbach
"I'm nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I'm reminiscing this right now."
Theres a certain breed of 90s films which I just adore. There are usually just post coming of age, almost like what comes after university where a bunch of young slackers sit around and talk crap about life and relationships. Sounds boring but the scripts were always absolutely winning - incredibly insightful, quotable and funny (see above). The characters were also half charming and half hopeless and there were rarely any proper happy endings which appealed to the eternal romantic cynic in me. Noah Baumbach (who cuts quite the dapper headshot) made a few of these films most notably 'Kicking and Screaming', but also 'Highball' and 'Mr Jealousy' - before he started delving into the darker side of his family history with 'Squid and The Whale' and 'Margot at the Wedding'.
He's also got a new film out called 'Greenberg' which looks like 'Kicking and Screaming' for the over-40s with a bit of Manic Pixie Mumblecore Girl thrown in. I want to like it so much I'm having trouble figuring out why I hated it? If anyone has any ideas please let me know.