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More Films of January 2008

King of California, Superbad, and Everything's Gone Green

More films I’ve watched this month:

Superbad 4.5 / 5
The realists American Pie, one of the best comedies I’ve watched in a long time, and a film as funky as its soundtrack: Superbad is the coming-of-age movie that I wish was released when I was doing just that.
Being male may help in order to fully enjoy this film, but who cares: Superbad reinvigorates the tired movie stereotype of a bunch of inept teenagers attempting to score for the first time. My opinion may be biased due to the fact that Michael Cera is one of my favourite comedy actors, but I’ve already seen this film twice so you should see it at least once.

King of California 3.5 / 5
The slightly eccentric script keeps this film ticking along nicely but its the cast that makes it not just watchable, but enjoyable too. With Michael Douglas giving a heart-warming performance as a father recently released from a mental institute and Evan Rachel Wood as the daughter trying to keep both of their lives together, this most unlikely of stories is kept grounded through the reality of mental illness and familial bonds.

No Country for Old Men 4 / 5
Lacking both the dark comedy and memorable soundtrack that has typified the Coen brothers’ films since the mid 1990s, No Country for Old Men is a straight forward film noir parable. However, for a better take on the genre try Miller’s Crossing – a film where they didn’t have to rigidly stick to the original story.
This is a damn good film – I’m not denying that – I just don’t think it’s the classic it’s being made out to be.

Air Guitar Nation 3.5 / 5
The second ‘fringe’ documentary I’ve seen this month and by far the better of the two. When originally suggested to me I had no intention to watch this film – let alone enjoy it – but, after approaching with trepidation, my cynicism soon waned and I found myself totally engrossed in the stories unfolding before me. Strange? Definitely. Deep and meaningful? Maybe not. Peculiarly compelling? Definitely.

Everything’s Gone Green 3.5 / 5
I’ve had Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs (and JPod) highly recommended to me, so when I had the opportunity to watch Coupland’s debut screenplay I jumped at the chance – and I’m glad I did. An excellently quirky feature reminiscent of The Station Agent and Garden State, Green is a lush, feel-good movie, ideally suited to first dates or lazy nights in.

All-in-all, a good couple of weeks of film watching.