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I have already talked about how I totally missed the boat on Good Night and Good Luck. Now I must admit that I think I missed the best film of 2005 all together. While I remain a big Capote, Murderball, Grizzley Man, and History of Violence fan I think Squid and the Whale had I seen it when it came out in theather would have been my favorite movie of 2005.

Video: Squid and the Whale Preview

This wry and biting comedy is set in 1986 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY. The movie is based on director's Noah Baumbach childhood. RT writes "Rarely has family dysfunction been captured so frankly and honestly as in The Squid and the Whale. Baumbach claims his film is only semi-autobiographical, but, from the pitch-perfect writing and nostalgic tone, it feels as if we're watching home videos of the writer-director's past."

The film tells about a family going through a divorce and is an excruciatingly honest often hilarious portrait of a disintegrating family. Owen Kline does a fantastic job of playing the 12 year old Frank, and Laura Linney and Jeff Bridges put in equally fantastic performances as the parents. The character flaws and emotions dealt with in the movie were so well written and acted. Don't miss this picture.

The movie was produced by Wes Anderson and definately has that Wes feel. The soundtrack to the film is also amazing. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Mp3: Bert Jansch - "Courting Blues"
Mp3: Tangerine Dream - "Love on a real train"

Buy the movie here and/or the soundtrack here.

3 interested person(s)

JT said... @ 3/23/2006 09:24:00 PM

I live in Park Slope right now, and seriously, it's ridiculous just how many people exactly like these guys live all around here [myself not included].

I still haven't seen TS&TW, but it is on the ol' Netflix list.

Anonymous said... @ 3/24/2006 05:34:00 AM

I told you about Good Night and Good Luck in an e-mail like months ago. It's been playing at the Uptown in Seattle since at least early fall.


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