I’m just getting up to speed on Veep, a four season comedy on HBO. I have a few episodes left to catch up on, but I don’t have any trouble saying that this one will live on in my heart long after it’s over. I just have one issue with the show… Read the rest of this entry
Enough Said is easily the best movie I’ve seen this year – although admittedly, 2013 has been rough and I haven’t seen everything. But more than that, this film could be the rebirth of the romantic comedy genre.
It’s so rare to see a RomCom that has no trouble delivering the facets of its genre: Enough Said includes genuine instances of both romance and comedy. You’ll genuinely believe that Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini have fallen in love. Things that are genuinely funny occur: when a woman calls Julia Louis-Dreyfus a dike, she laughs at the prospect of the insult, but her face then turns to dismay, realizing the bigotry that comes along with such an attack. Sure, maybe Toni Collette and Ben Falcone’s characters are a bit one note, but they serve their purpose in the movie in a satisfying way, so you don’t notice it much while you’re watching it. When you add Catherine Keener to all this, you get a kick ass movie full of excellent performances. I’m not familiar with Nicole Holofcener (who seems to be mostly known for her TV directing), but she writes the hell out of this movie and her directing is also good, even if she isn’t doing anything special with the camera. In fact, that might be a compliment to her rather than an insult: this movie doesn’t need fancy camera moves. In fact, it doesn’t need anything; not a pause, not much score… she just lets it be, and it works perfectly.
This isn’t the sort of movie that you necessarily need to see on a big screen, but check out Enough Said before someone spoils it for you. I think just about anyone will dig it and I’m giving it a 9.5 out of 10.