The rants and raves of a teenage cinephile who is just a little bit obsessed with Catherine O'Hara and Hayao Miyazaki.

Monday, June 28, 2010

TV Meme Day 27: Best Pilot Episode

I think the perfect pilot episode came in the recent first episode of "Modern Family". We get a great individualized portrait of each individual family (and Sofia Vergara shows us all how amazing she is going to be). It lets you see how great and well-developed every character is going to be, and gives us a bit of an intro to the wonderful mockumentary format that is going to be used. And, it was probably the funniest episode of the entire season.

Finally, we discover that all three of the families are related! Claire and Mitchell are brother and sister, and Jay is their dad? It's awesome. Even though (ironically) the pilot of Modern Family wasn't the first episode of the show I watched, it's probably my favorite of them all so far and it was just the perfect declaration of how wonderful the show would be. Hoorah!

What's your fave pilot? This post is automated, but please comment below! I wanna hear your opinionssss.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

TV Meme Day 26: OMG WTF?!?! Finale

The most OMG WTF moment I can remember was probably predicted by almost everyone except me. It took place during the "Company Picnic" episode of Season 5 of "The Office".

The episode is just hilarious, with Amy Ryan and Steve Carell's rendition of "Slumdunder Mifflinaire" being one of the funniest moments of the season.


But the biggest WTF?! came at the end, when it's implied by Jim (John Krasinski) that Pam (Jenna Fischer) may be pregnant. I say it's a WTF because the episode ends, leaving us hanging! We assume that she's pregnant, but is she? We don't know for sure, and we have to wait for a few months until we can keep going in their lovely romance (which was greatly developed during that season).

Unfortunately, this most recent season of "The Office" has sort of separated itself from me - I just haven't kept up with it well enough, but the "Company Picnic" was such a great finale for a great show. OMG!!!

Automated!! I'm beginning to lose the meme-steam...can you all tell? Haha. Anyway, comment and I promise to try to get back to you ASAP.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

TV Meme Day 25: A Show I Plan on Watching

There are two shows that have been recommended to me by fellow bloggers:

The first is Parks and Recreation, which I need to watch. I saw one episode once and really liked it - I just can't explain why I never watched any others. Amy Poehler is just so wonderful and I'm itching to see Adam Scott in a few episodes.


The second, is Community, which Simon endlessly recommends to me. :P I really have no idea what the show is about, but it has the awesome actress from Drake and Josh! Haha.



I promise I'll get on to those shows immediately. :)

This is automated! I promise I'll be back in the virtual flesh as soon as I can.

Friday, June 25, 2010

"I Promise I'll Be Back."

Hello dear readers! Tomorrow I leave for two separate music festivals for three weeks each, which is six weeks in total, which means six weeks of intense music training and occasional partying. This does mean that my post output will most likely diminish noticeably for the next month and a half - but do not fear! I'll still have internet access at both festivals, and my movie watching will not go down (in fact, it has the potential to increase. You'd be amazed the amount of movies I watch at music camp...I;ve seen such great films as "Borat" and "There Will Be Blood" for the first time there).

Anyway, I just don't want ya'll to worry 'bout me, or worry that I'll stop commenting on your blogs. Tis not the case at all. I have some automated posts scheduled, but I'm still going to be around. Uh...then...as you were, all!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

TV Meme Days 20-23

Alright, so I missed several days. I sincerely apologize! This 30 day meme thing is fun, but it ain't easy. :P

Day 20: Favorite Kiss

It's weird that I'm choosing this as my favorite kiss, because I absolutely hate their relationship and do NOT want them to get together. But for some reason the kiss at the end of the first half of the first season of Glee between Will and Emma was extremely...hm...memorable? It's the first that came to my mind, anyway, and it was successful in making me want to keep watching the show to find out what the HECK would happen. Anyway, I hate their "ship" but this kiss was the one good thing about it. Haha.

Day 21: Favorite 'Ship
I didn't even know what on earth a ship was, until Andrew did his post about it. And now it makes sense, it's short for "relationship". Duh! Haha! Anyhoo, I know of one particular couple I just can't get enough of - which would be Henry and Casey on "Party Down". They're perfect for each other, yet completely imperfect at the same time - and they make one of the best comedy-couple-duos on TV (besides maybe Cam and Mitchell from Modern Family).

Day 22: Favorite Series Finale

Hm. I haven't seen enough series from beginning to end to have a real favorite series finale. I have several favorite season finales, but none that ended their series. And though I could mention the finale of "Party Down" this season due to the fact that it's not quite guaranteed to come back, I don't want to jinx anything. ;)

Day 23: Most Annoying Character


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Now Playing: Toy Story 3

Oh, Pixar! I'm always so, so skeptical about their movies before they come out. I scoffed at the trailers for Ratatouille, Up, and Wall-E but ended up loving the movies so much. Such is the same with Toy Story 3. I was taken aback by the idea of a third film in the series, and I wasn't particularly impressed with the trailer. But ah, was I proven wrong.

In the third installment of the "Toy Story" series, Andy is now 17 and heading off to college. His toys, including the famous Woody and Buzz Lightyear, are no longer getting played with and they really miss the golden years. Through a bit of a mistake in packing, the toys end up at the Sunnyside Day Care and though it seems like paradise at first, things are not what they seem and it's up to Woody to save everyone and bring them back to Andy.

Toy Story 3 (which is written surprisingly by Michael Arndt, who wrote one of my fave movies of all time, "Little Miss Sunshine") is a perfect piece of nostalgia for those of us who grew up with the first two movies. It starts with an opening montage of home video footage of Andy playing with the toys set to "You've Got a Friend in Me" that was absolutely perfect. I was a blubbering mess during that scene, it was so touching.

Besides being a reminiscence of the old Toy Stories, TS3 also brings a great amount of successful new material to the table. I loved the new toys, especially Bonnie's theatrical troupe (with toys voiced by Bonnie Hunt and Kristen Schaal, among others) who were consistently cute and hysterical. It's a very fun movie and though some of the action-type scenes were a bit long for my taste, they were exciting, especially the climax.

There are not really many, if any, issues I had with the film, besides that afterwards it didn't have the mental staying power that some of Pixar's other films have. It's surely not fair to judge this movie based on Pixar's past successes, but it's hard not to, especially when Pixar has a nearly perfect record.

Overall, TS3 is a great addition to the Toy Story series (is it the finale? I hope so, though who knows, they might make a four, tis not my decision). It's very well written and is both hilarious and touching. I cried, I laughed, I screamed - I felt every emotion possible during this movie. Though it doesn't necessarily surpass Pixar's more recent films it's still a great movie, especially for a tre-quel!

9/10

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Penguin Movies...From Best to Worst

Oh, Penguins. They're adorable and actually quite amazing creatures. But for a few years it seemed the penguin movies would just never stop coming, and though there weren't really that many, the trend is over. Let's take a look...

1. March of the Penguins (2005) - Blame it on this one for starting the onslaught of penguin movies. But really, it was quite a beautiful film and it tells an amazing story. Put away all the animation and what you really have are some fantastic animals that live in a very hostile atmosphere.

2. The Pebble and the Penguin (1995) - The penguin movie that came before penguin movies were cool. To be honest, I haven't seen this in ages, but I grew up on this one and from what I know I loved it. It really is a cute story, and like I said, this was the first big penguin movie, and it has some redeeming factual value, so you could call it sort of definitive.

3. Surf's Up (2007) - After the whole AWWW "March of the Penguins". OOOOH "Happy Feet"! This one came along and people (or at least me) were like "EWWW, more penguins? Seriously?" But I was pleasantly surprised. This movie is actually extremely enjoyable, it's got a unique mockumentary format, the penguins are the tropical kind which is new, and it's pretty funny, too. No masterpiece, but you could do worse...(see next entry)

4. Happy Feet (2006) - Yeah, this is the worst penguin movie of all of them. It's weird, because the first time I saw it I really liked it, but then after a recent rewatch, I was extremely disappointed. I'll review it in more detail a bit later, but it's really weak. To be honest, the only really good thing about it (besides Brittany Murphy's voice) is the cuteness of the penguins. Because penguins are freaking cute!

So there you go. There really weren't THAT many penguin movies, but they came in quick succession. We don't have to worry about any more though! (That is, until Happy Feet 2 in 3D comes out in 2011. Woot.)

So did I miss any major penguin movies? Do you agree with my ranking, and how do you feel about the genre? Comment belowww!

TV Meme Day 19: Best Television Cast

A few blurbs on great casts, since again, one is not nearly enough. I hope you like my midnight meme posts. This meme never ends, does it!?

Glee - I don't like every member of this cast (namely Matthew Morrison and Cory Monteith, sorry guys) but every week is filled with great work from almost everyone else. Jane Lynch and Jayma Mays are consistently wonderful when they actually get a chance to be on screen, and Lea Michele gets better each week. More thoughts on Glee

Modern Family - There is not a single weak link in this cast. From the youngest to the oldest, each member is hilarious and adds perfectly to the show. It helps that they're given such great material to work with, of course. Standouts are of course Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, and Rico Rodriguez. More on Modern Family

Party Down - Again, not a weak link. Even when they lost Jane Lynch, Megan Mullaly came to be brilliant and hilarious. Every actor milks their roles and besides being wonderfully funny, they're all so sincere and human too. Mas de Party Down

United States of Tara- Oh, Toni Collette is brilliance as usual, but her supporting cast is not to be outdone. I particularly like Brie Larson, Kier Gilchrist, and Rosemarie Dewitt...oh, and Don Corbett is always great. See, that's the whole cast right there...I love them all so much, in a sick way I wish they were my family. Haha! Read about my love for US Of Tara

Spongebob Squarepants - Seriously, everyone! Really, this show simply has some of the best ensemble voice acting ever. Every voice is so memorable, whether you like the show or not, and they interact with themselves so well and realistically. Oh how I love this show. More on that Sponge that lives under the sea

The Office - Grrrr I love this cast so much, I wish they'd all do more beyond this. Jenna Fischer in particular is just lovely and every character is so perfect. There's no way this could have been cast any better.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - If you haven't seen this show, you should check it out. It's hysterical. Not for everyone, but still amazing. The cast is just so remarkably out of control you wonder how they can take themselves seriously and not break out laughing while they're working. So, so funny and amazing. It's like if a cartoon took crack and became a live action sitcom.

So there you have it. :) Enjoy! Sorry for the lack of non-meme posts, it's kind of draining my brain. Haha.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

TV Meme Day 18: Fave Title Sequence

Again, it was too hard to pick just one, so I give you 5 amazing opening title sequences. They're sort of kind of not really in order of most to least loved...but all five are amazing. Behold!








(eek sorry about the quality on this one you guys. Why is it so hard to find decent Spongebob videos on Youtube? Wait, don't answer that question. Hehe!)



And honorable mention...

Friday, June 18, 2010

TV Meme Day 17: Fave Miniseries

This is going to sound horribly embarrassing, and rather pathetic, but...I can't think of even one minseries that I've watched. That's right - I've never seen a miniseries! That's not good. Not good at all. So, for this day of the meme, I beg of you readers - are there any miniseries that I need to check out? Any that you think I neeeeeed to see right now? Sound off in the comments! :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

TV Meme Day 16: Guilty Pleasure Show

One word...

BRIDEZILLAS!!!



"I WANT MY CHOCOLATE CAKE!"

I know it's absolutely not enriching in anyway, but that's why they call it a guilty pleasure! There's just something so liberating about watching a bunch of soon-to-be-wives go crazy before the big day. Some of the things these women do are just out of control! But, that's the joy of it. I don't know how much of it is staged, and I don't care - it just makes me laugh so, so much, and it doesn't matter how they go about making that happen.

TV Meme Day 15: Favorite Female Characters

I'm playing catchup! So here's 10 great female characters. Again, no in-show repeats and mucho recent shows since I'm kind of new to the whole "television" thing (whaa? Television? wazzat?! haha.) Anyway, enough babbling...here you go:







(Oh, I hate to single out just one from The Office...Jenna Fischer and Phyllis Smith are both amazing also, but Kelly is just...hilarious, always!)

Again, comment below on your favorite female characters! :)

TV Meme Day 14: Favorite Male Characters

I couldn't pick just ONE! So, I present to you, 10. I'm cheap like that. This was difficult though! Do realize, this was tricky, since I'm not repeating characters from the same show. Also, I've only been avidly watching television recently so most of these characters will be sort of recent. :) The lovely ladies are coming later since I'm running late, again.







(Okay so he's not exactly a character but he's my favorite contributor to Infomania! Which you all should be watching by now... ;P)

Well there you go. Comment below! Agree? Disagree? Go crazy!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I'm Versatile! :D

Guess what guys! I won something! Sorta. Haha. Simon, at Four of Them, has lovingly bestowed this little complimentary memelike thing. I have to write 7 facts about myself, then I get to pass this on to another lucky group of peeps. So...here goes!

  1. I've been playing piano since I was 4...I can't even remember that far back! But it's my calling, I think.
  2. Speaking of piano, my piano teacher is the coolest guy ever. He's so smart and besides being a genius about piano, he's also a film and literature aficionado.
  3. Top 5 directors right now: Miyazaki, Lynch, Tarantino, Hitchcock, Anderson
  4. I love to cook. Going vegetarian forced me to cook even more which is one of my favorite things about it. I made peanut butter and jelly cookies today! They were delicious! Muahaha.
  5. I love Bjork. I'm also obsessed with St. Vincent, The Bird and the Bee, The Noisettes, The National, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. I recently had a big Ke$ha phase (don't judge!). You can check out my last.fm profile if you really want to know the extent of my musical taste. Haha!
  6. I make movies with my friends in our spare time. Sometime's they're extremely stupid, sometimes they're pretty decent...but they always make us laugh. :P
  7. I'm going to see "Gone With the Wind" in an old theater in my town this weekend...sooo stoked.
Well, there you go! I hope those facts were enlightening and not too overly egocentric. ;)


Uh...sorry if you've already been tagged or if I neglected to tag you...it's late. :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Never Let Me Go" Trailer



I'm not quite sure how to interpret this (I've not read the novel or the plot synopsis yet). Is it a creepy tale of a distopian boarding school? An emotionally charged period romance? A quiet character study? I'm definitely not sure what it's about. BUT, what I am sure of, is that I want to see it. Carey Mulligan looks like she's going to be lovely, and Sally Hawkins! Yea Sally Hawkins! Her presence in this trailer alone would make me want to see it. Anyway, I'm quite intrigued. Time to read the book!

What are your thoughts on "Never Let Me Go"? I know a lot of you are anticipating it...did the trailer live up to your hopes? Comment below!

Monday, June 14, 2010

TV Meme Day 13: Favorite Childhood Show

There is a show that, by all means, defined my childhood. Or at least, the part of it that I can vividly remember. I've been told I was in love with "Barney" (apparently I started screaming in delight when I got a Barney doll for my 2nd bday) and "Lamb Chops Play Along" (which Andrew wrote a lovely piece on) amongst many others. But the one show that I watched endlessly as a child, and still quite love, is "Arthur".

"Arthur" is a show about Arthur the aardvark, who lives with his parents and sister. Each episode deals with how the Arthur and his interesting friends and family members all deal with each other and the issues that surround their lives.

Unlike many childrens' shows, "Arthur" treats its audience maturely. No baby talk or gibberish here, folks! And, for a childrens' animated series, each of the characters are surprisingly and refreshingly well developed and multi-dimensional. The show takes serious issues that children have to deal with and make them joyous and palatable.

For example, one of the characters is Buster, a fun-loving rabbit with asthma whose parents are divorced. Not quite what you'd think would make up a kids show, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. And this, I believe, is Arthur's greatest achievment. It's remarkably funny, cute and wonderful, and perfect for little kids. But instead of being immature or shying away from mature topics like most shows, it confronts them head on with a spirit of optimism and joy.

"Arthur" really taught me so much and it's a wonderful show that, believe it or not, is still on the air! (Well, I'm not that old peoples!) If you have kids, are a kid at heart, or just want to watch some good television, "Arthur" is the show for you.



Side Note: The "Arthur's Perfect Christmas" is just the best. I watch it every year to get in the spirit. Just like the show it deals with mature issues seamlessly. It talks about different religious traditions, best friends fighting, single parenthood...ah, if only all shows could deal with issues like Arthur!

Best Animated Film...From Best to Worst

I love this category at the Oscars for obvious reasons. Anyway, commentary to follow.

1. Spirited Away (2002)
2. Wall-E (2008)
3. Ratatouille (2007)
4. Up (2009)
5. Wallace and Gromit (2005)
6. The Incredibles (2004)
7. Finding Nemo (2003)
8. Shrek (2001)
9. Happy Feet (2006)

Obviously "Spirited Away" is first. And "Wall-E" is just beautiful.

The best year overall (nominees-wise) was by FAR 2005. "Corpse Bride", "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Wallace and Gromit" would have all been truly worthy winners. This past year was also extremely strong, even though "Up" was my favorite, I would have been extremely happy to see any of the other nominees win.

2006 was ridiculously weak. At the time, I was psyched that "Happy Feet" beat out "Cars" - but on a recent rewatch of "Happy Feet", I was extremely disappointed...it's a snooze fest. I'll review it in more depth at a later time. I'll have to rewatch "Monster House", because I didn't like "Cars" either.

And how about Pixar needs to stop dominating this category? Just kidding. In my opinion, they much deserved it every time they won (and, I'm inclined to say, every time they lost, too). However, I do believe the reign of Pixar is coming to an end (or at least a break). It should be interesting to see how "Toy Story 3" does this year with the Academy...and with critics in general. We don't have much longer to wait to find out for ourselves, now do we?

Anyway, the other three films that Pixar seems to have in production right now aren't really psyching me out that much. "Cars 2"? Ugh. I am not at all interested to see that. "Brave" sounds interesting, hopefully it's up to par. And according to Wikipedia, they're also working on "Monsters Inc. 2" which...should be...interesting! It could be really good, we'll just have to wait and see.

I'm personally getting extremely excited about "The Illusionist" though - you know, Sylvain Chomet's film. I'm actually anticipating it so badly. And, random thought..."Persepolis" was amazing, would it not be lovely to see Marjane Satrapi adapt one of her other graphic novels? ("Chicken With Plums" plz)

Anyway, comment below on whether you agree or disagree on my ranking, the Academy's choices, and your thoughts on Pixar's future and the future of animation in general!

TV Meme Days 11 and 12

SORRY! I have to make up for the weekend. I am not going to make this a habit, I promise!

Day 11: A Show That Disappointed

Hmmmm. This one is sort of tricky. Again, when it comes to TV, I don't really anticipate anything and if I don't like something then I stop watching. I'm inclined to say "Infomania", which I mentioned in my Day 1 post - for some reason, it's seemed to really go downhill in more recent days, but it's still quite funny and has its redeeming factors for sure. I'm also tempted to say the most recent season of "The Office", what I've seen is just not up to par with what I originally fell in love with. Neither of those were horribly disappointing but definitely didn't live up to my expectations.

Day 12: An Episode I've Watched More Than 5 Times

Haha, any episode of Spongebob, basically. Or, perhaps the Benihana Christmas episode of "The Office". :P



Friday, June 11, 2010

TV Meme Day 10: A Show that I Liked Even Though I Thought I Wouldn't

So, there's one show that's a great(ish) example of one that I thought I'd hate but then ended up loving. And that show is GLEE.

Now, by now, you guys should know how I feel about Glee. I have a love/hate relationship with it now, sure. But when I first started watching the show on Hulu, after all the hype and the HUGE ads, and the promise of Jane Lynch, I was ridiculously disappointed. I felt the characters were complete stereotypes (the footballer, the theater geek, the gay kid, the black diva, the cheerleader) and I could not stand the auto-tuned voices of the singers.

However, for some odd reason (I attribute it mostly to Jane Lynch, though she's surely not the only reason), I kept going - I kept watching episode after episode. Until, finally, somehow, I fell in love with the show. I couldn't wait until the next week's episode and that season finale just left me hanging on the edge of my sofa.

Even though I rant about Glee a lot, I still quite love it for some inexplicable reason and compared to the hatred I had for it near the beginning, it's really redeemed itself.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fantasy Logline Challenge No. 1: THE WINNER!

So my friends and readers, we have come to the end of the first logline challenge! To read about the challenge, click AQUI. To read all the original pitches in full, click MOI.

Anyway, the votes were ridiculously close, and all the entries were great. Thanks so much to the two of you who entered, and for everyone who voted!

Here's just a quick recap on the entries.

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Pitch 1: Pint of Bitters by Marc Edward Heuck

Carey Mulligan plays the young version of Maggie Smith, who becomes young when her husband of many years, Michael Caine, goes into a coma. She must decide whether to keep her youth and leave Michael in a coma or to go back to normal. Ok-Bin Kim plays Caine's nurse.

I really liked this one, Mulligan playing a young Smith is pretty amazing. I also love the moral conflict that the Mulligan/Smith character has to deal with - verrrrry nice indeed.

Pitch 2: You Can't Love Her by Simon

Michael Caine, who is on the verge of dementia, and who is hallucinating of his dead wife Smith, enters a strange love affair with his nurse Ok-Bin Kim, who is searching for citizenship and has her own very strange motives. Caine's daughter is Carey Mulligan, whose boyfriend is Wild Card Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Mulligan is Kim's immigration officer, and circumstances elevate when they learn of their connection.

Another fantastic entry! I'm loving the coupling of JGL and Mulligan (Hollywood producers, make that happen, please?). If this were to be made into a movie, it has the potential for a really layered and compelling screenplay and if helmed by a director with good vision, it could be quite fantastic.


Pitch 3: Father's Girls
by ME! (Yes, me. I entered my own contest, because I'm awesome like that, haha, and three is a good number)

Ok-Bin Kim plays the adopted daughter of the long-divorced couple of Caine and Smith. Kim is a bubbly florist who questions her own sexuality though she enters a relationship with the shy Ben Whishaw. Things get even crazier when she meets and falls in love with her father's new, young girlfriend, Carey Mulligan. Family drama ensues.

I'm not really entitled to comment upon my own piece...hehe. ;)

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And
the winner is...

"You Can't Love Her", by SIMON!

Congratulations Simon! You win my undying love, as well as the ability to pick the cast for the next Logline Challenge if you should accept.

As all of you know, the voting was horrendously close (there was a tie until like, the last two hours of voting), so thank you so much to all of you who entered and voted...I bet you can't wait until the next one! ;)

TV Meme Days 8 and 9

I'm a little behind as you can see...my apologies! :)

Day 8: A Show Everyone Should Watch

I have to give this honor to the always wonderful "Modern Family". One of my favorite new shows this season, Luke has already written a lovely piece on it that reflects my own feelings perfectly. I'll add though, it's perfect for everyone. No matter what your own family is like, or who you are, you will certainly find a character to relate to in this surprisingly sincere hodgepodge of hilarity. The show is always a joy each week, and I surely hope to see some Emmy love for at LEAST Sofia Vergara and Eric Stonestreet.

Day 9: Best Scene Ever



Flight of the Conchords! Such an amazing show.

This is really just too hard you guys. But the above scene basically made me die of laughter. Perhaps not the BEST scene EVER (that honor probably goes to an aforementioned moment in an aforementioned cartoon) but it's still pretty much amazing. See also, anything with Sofia Vergara in "Modern Family".

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

By the Way...

Please VOTE in the sidebar! We have a THREE WAY TIE and this is the last day of voting. :P

TV Meme Day 7: Least Favorite Episode of my Favorite Show

There just isn't one. I don't have a least favorite. Sure, not every episode is as amazing as the other, but for reals people, I can't think of one episode that I particularly dislike! Sorry.

Ale-Ale-WHAT THE F***?!

I'm sure you've all seen the new Lady Gaga video for "Alejandro"...there are really not words to describe how I feel about this video. I just feel obligated to report on it because...I was super psyched for it, I love music videos, and, yeah, Lady GAGA!

So anyway, it was interesting. Definitely sensing a "I want to be Madonna" vibe...and this video has NOTHING to do with Mexico. Um...please react below, I'm so confused!

And in case you haven't seen it...um...NSFW?


Monday, June 7, 2010

Paper Moon (1973)

I'm beginning to realize a fondness I have for Peter Bogdanovich. A long time ago, I sang praises for "The Last Picture Show", and now, after seeing "Paper Moon", I just have more and more good things to say. So prepare yourselves!

"Paper Moon" is an adorable comedy about a young, stubborn girl in the 30's named Addie (Tatum O'Neal). The movie begins at her mother's funeral, where the con-man Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal) comes to pay his respects. The adults at the funeral tell Moze to take Addie with him, to her aunt's house in Missouri. He reluctantly accepts, and as they go along, he begins to realize that she's just as good a con artist as he is...and we begin to wonder if perhaps he is really her father.

The film is just irresistibly cute, from beginning to end, mainly helped by Tatum O'Neal's lovely performance as Addie. Her comedic timing is just impeccable for someone of her age...her "I want my 200 dollars" scene is just perfect. There's just something about her, a sort of wiseness, that you can feel, that sets her apart from the typical child actor. She was completely deserving of her Oscar win (though she was really a leading role).

Madeline Kahn and Ryan O'Neal both also give very good performances, helped by the sharp and multi-dimensional script. The script gives each character just enough backstory for them to work with and yet it never gets in the way. It's amazing to think of what Madeline Kahn's character must have been thinking during her monologue in the tall grass with Addie, in which she makes a very personal confession. Additionally, the screenplay balances hilarity with the necessary drama, and it's perfect.

Bogdanovich does the film in black-and-white just like "The Last Picture Show", which is a perfect technique for the film. It juxtaposes the whimsical story with the stark desperation of that time period which is a very strong technique. There's something to be said for the fact that my entire family loved the film - even my elementary school brothers adored it.

If you haven't seen it, "Paper Moon" is definitely worth your time. It's a wonderful little film that contains a spectacular child performance from Tatum O'Neal and the entire piece is just lovely. It's hilarious, light, and nearly perfect.

9/10