20. X-Men: First Class (A)
21. Do The Right Thing (N/A)
22. Martha Marcy May Marlene (B+)
23. The Artist (A-)
24. LA Confidential (A)
25. Young Adult (B+)
Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody both really arrived with Juno
back in 2007, but they had very different followup films: Reitman went on to further Oscar nominations and critical acclaim with Up in the Air
, while Cody teamed with Karyn Kusama for Jennifer's Body
, which was poorly received (I haven't seen it, incidentally). Now they reunite for a black comedy, which wasn't a big box office performer but attracted a dedicated critical following. I liked it quite a lot, though it never quite crosses the line into "great" territory. Cody's signature rat-a-tat dialogue is toned down a lot, but there's plenty of fun line. The film is an 87-minute build to a single punchline at the expense of traditional movie narratives, but it's an effective one.
Reitman and Cody are going their separate ways again next; in Cody's case, it's to make her directorial debut. I'll be interested to see if Jennifer's Body
was just a hiccup, or if Reitman is really bringing more to the table in their collaborations.
Cinema: 7 (+1)
Home Video: 15