Noah Baumbach

The Meyerowitz Stories

The Meyerowitz Stories

Adam Sandler infuriates me. He is lazy, he is crass, he is complacent, but more than anything else, he is a good actor. After watching both Punch Drunk Love and now this movie, The Meyerowitz Stories, I can honestly say that Adam Sandler has very clear acting talent. Here in particular he is one of three siblings, the other two played equally well by Ben Stiller and Elizabeth Marvel, who are members of a very dysfunctional family. It's played for laughs several times, but ultimately this movie is an attempt to take a very real look at what it means to be a part of a family that just doesn't want to work. It's very distinct from Sandler's other work, but similar in a way to Punch Drunk Love in that here, a sort of typical character for him is not played as a goofball, or a dork, but as a very real human being, with regrets, hopes, and fears.

Mistress America

Mistress America

I've seen Greta Gerwig in exactly one movie (this one), and I've seen her directorial debut Lady Bird, and I've decided that she's amazing. This is aided of course by an amazing script which was partially written by her, partially by the director Noah Baumbach, which is full of dialogue that is simply fun to listen to. Mistress America has a similar protagonist to Lady Bird in a way, a young girl who's just barely an adult, trying to figure out who she is and trying to make her way in the world, but I think it's primary message is one of disillusionment, both with others and with ourselves. It's the kind of film that's simply about people being people, and because of that is incredibly comfortable to just sit and watch.