Roughly two-thirds into Mistress America a series of characters criticize another’s short story. Mainly for being shallow plagiarism, but of all the harsh criticism hurled at the author, the line, “Just like the rest of your generation; everything a pastiche” lands closest to home. Not because the author in question takes it bitterly, but because it is the criticism that the author of Mistress America seems to hurtle at himself. Mistress America — director Noah Baumbach’s tenth feature film and second collaboration with co-writer and star, Greta Gerwig — revolves around two young women, Tracy (Lola Kirke) and Brooke (Gerwig), whose … Continue reading MISTRESS AMERICA
Night Moves, from director and co-writer Kelly Reichardt, is about three activists coming together to pull off a stunt of eco-terrorism. Set in Ashland, OR and the surrounding areas, Night Moves follows Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), an employee of an organic farm, as he enlists the aid of Dena (Dakota Fanning) and Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) in the destruction of a nearby dam. All three are amateur and none of them are prepared to deal with the consequences of their actions. Their plan is fairly simple, pack a motorboat — named Night Moves — full of homemade explosives, float it out to … Continue reading NIGHT MOVES
Frances (Greta Gerwig) is a bit of a mess. She is trying to make her way in the world, but she doesn’t have the first clue about how to do it. Owning not much more than a laptop, a stack of books, and the clothes on her back, she lives with her friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner), who has her life a little more together. When Sophie decides to dump Frances for a coveted apartment in Tribeca, Frances couch surfs her way across New York City. She is twenty-seven and trying to grasp a hold of a dream concocted a mere five years ago. In five years time, it will be just outside of her grasp.