Btw - if you're thinking this is a good movie for kids you might want to reconsider. There didn't seem to be anything that'd scar anyone emotionally. But the dad next to me was getting awfully stressed looking over what his 10-12 year old was watching (and eventually left with him). Outside of the "Films 4 Families" series you might want to avoid festival films at SIFF unless you really do your research. 'Cuz if seeing the occasional naked body isn't in your current child development plan you might want to avoid French films not intended for kids.
Both packages were pretty reasonable, though I thought the first one on opening night was more consistent than last night's (Strange Days). It's hard to say which are worth buying individual tickets to, but if you've got a pass and a hole in your schedule it's a great way to try something new.
It totally worked for me as the film yo-yo's your emotions between rooting for the young boy and his friend vs. being aghast agast at what they're actually doing. Not for the super squeemish but it's not especially a gore fest and far more interesting than your average horror film. Hopefully goes without saying - NOT FOR KIDS. Good messy fun...
It's a super well done documentary that brings an issue that's impacting millions of lives in China down to a very personal level. Even without the looming catastrophe of the dam the cringe inducing aspects of the foreign tourism on the boats would probably be worth the trip to the theater.
The films protagonist tries to make the best of the situation in this often downbeat but involving character study from Finland. Be clear - this is not a comedy in vein of Deuce Bigalow. Though I'd be willing to guess that film probably wasn't much of a comedy either.
Liked the film, but do be in the mood for a human drama before going, this is interesting, but not light fare.
So, in case anyone is wondering what's on the agenda today... Here's the plan in order, subject to constant change.
Ain't Scared - France - looks very interesting and the buzz has been strong for this one.
ShortsFest Opening Night - This year SIFF has grouped all the shorts presentations into a single weekend. I usually try to catch some of the packages during the festival as I almost always really like a few of the offerings. The great things about a shorts package is that if you don't like what you're watching you just wait a few minutes and you can try something new. Just like the weather in Seattle.
Let the Right One In - Swedish kids and vampires flick. You know you want to try it too...
I couldn't get a sense from the writeup I saw if this is based on any true events. I kept wondering if it was given the stranger than fiction aspect to it.
Intellectually something still feels a bit off about this. But for some reason I did like (though not love) the movie - maybe through the efforts of the actors more than the script. Even Gérard Depardieu was pleasant to watch. Weird on many levels ;-)
Plus, how often do you watch someone think through a whodunit while eating takeout sheep head at his kitchen table. Perhaps not often enough.
This is playing again on June 6th and worth checking out.
My main reason for writing was to offer a quick opinion until I can get a full update in.
I saw Mongol and Blood Brothers. Mongol is worth seeing if you're in the mood for the "origin story" of Genghis Khan. Can't speak to the historical validity, but as a sweeping epic type of thing it was pretty reasonable. Picture went dead for the last minute or so - they brought it back up but didn't seem to rewind. I'm not sure it was really a big deal - but always a bummer when it happens (has been notably rare this year).
Blood Brothers is a Chinese gangster/love story/tragedy type things. More style than substance in my view. Nice style but I wouldn't rush out to see it again.
I found the film laugh-out-loud funny, interesting and great to both watch and listen to. One frequent filmgoer who'd read the Ramayana often earlier in his life mentioned that on top of really liking the film as entertainment it made many points he'd missed as a child. The audience seemed to really love it as well. I'm pretty sure this isn't just me recommending the film. My only regret is that I didn't get a chance to see the director, who for some reason was able to attend the press screenings but not this film.
Update - later posts on the adventures of the film can be found here.
Parts of this movie I'll admit were likely too deep for me to get. It's based on a French book which I plan to read more about to try and understand the myriad themes that play across the screen. The film is not short and felt a bit long at times. But it held my attention throughout. I suspect reviews will be divergent on this film (I heard a few negative ones from audience members on the way out) - but I'm glad I saw it.
Try to see this with someone if you go - you'll appreciate having a discussion partner later.
I've seen several of the Iraq oriented documentaries and fictional films make in the last few years. This is probably one of the hardest to watch. Maybe because the men who make up the band are the least "foreign" by American standards. They all grew up learning English from American movies and their heavy metal heroes. They're all very articulate and seem musically talented. Their big dream is to become true rock stars, but at the same time their smaller dreams are being constantly thwarted - ones such as the goal of being able to wear their hair long, play gigs and wear their favorite band's shirts in public. Not to mention the simple goal of being able to live without ever present threat of bombs and the killing. You can follow the continuing struggle of this group on the blog associated with the film.
In telling the smaller story of one band the filmmakers humanize the impact that constant fear of death must be having on an entire generation of Iraqi's. And when you see it happening to people who are so similar to folks everyone has known it really hits home. This is not really a political movie - it doesn't go into the causes that drove the war, or what anyone could have done different. But it's hard to wonder if the people of Iraq weren't better off before than the US invasion. It's not a perfect documentary - but it tells a different side of the story in a way that makes it worth the time.
The title refers to three goofy brothers with monogomy issues. They're boring - they throw away good relationships in some cases, less good ones in others. They have an older, more mature brother who of course has issues of his own. And I bet you can guess what those are 10 minutes or less in.
I've heard this was a big hit in Quebec - and much of the audience seemed to like it. So your mileage may vary.
Less good is Transsiberian. It's one of the better movies I saw today - but the bar on that is fairly low. I think I'm going to have to institute a Woody Harrelson rule for future festival choices - meaning be very, very wary of anything he's in.
First off I watched Continental: A Film Without Guns. That actually wasn't bad, just a bit bleak. It's ostensibly a black comedy of loneliness and despair. The latter part is pretty accurate, and it probably works OK at that level, though I've seen more interesting treatments - including a film at last year's SIFF from Germany that also featured a life insurance salesman who equally loved his job. But comedy - that part I missed as I don't recall laughing. If the description sounds reasonable to you and you're not expecting to laugh then this one might be OK.
Next up was The 3 Little Pigs which is a film from Quebec about three brothers who seem fated to wreck their relationships in their quest for sex with those other than their wives. It claims to have been a runaway hit in Canada - but I just don't see it. The audience was laughing quite a bit, so it could just be me. I laughed maybe once or twice the entire time. I didn't love Love and Sex 101 from last year, but to me this was about similar themes and MUCH better. And that movie I'll say again was not great in my book.
Last I (hopefully) hit rock bottom with Slingshot. It's a pulled together series of vignettes of life in the slums of Manilla and won an award in Berlin. This just totally didn't work for me. If you're looking for a view of life in such surroundings I'd suggest The Bet Collector or maybe seeking out a true documentary. This just didn't work as a movie for me. There's some social commentary implicit in it which is a better model for showing vs. telling and therefore might serve as a guide for the folks who did Battle In Seattle. But otherwise I was very much ready to leave by the end.
Next up (if my strength holds) is Boy A and Transsiberian. I've heard good things at least about the first so I'm hoping for a stronger end to the day.
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The Fall was a very nice surprise. I wasn't too impressed with the short catalog description and originally hadn't planned on attending. But I ended meetings early and the The Stranger had it on their recommended list so I decided to roll the dice. It's a very beautiful looking film with shooting having gone on in over 20 countries. I'm not sure it'll be on my top 10 by the end, but I'm glad to have caught it in a theater as it'll definitely lose something on a smaller screen.
Before the Rains was a different but also positive viewing experience. This one does match up reasonably well with the catalog description telling the story of an English/Indian relationship gone horribly wrong. Not a fun movie but an interesting one.
Elite Squad rounded out the day taking things in a decidedly gritty, action oriented dimension. If you've seen any of the films of the last several years set in Brazil's slums you'll recognize the backdrop. This tells the story from a viewpoint I hadn't seen before, that of the police. And more specifically from what's presented as one of the few non-corrupt police units operating. I can't say it was great, though there are some very strong moments. We follow two men trying to join this elite unit and one pushing to find his way out to a calmer life. If you've found other movies in this world interesting it's definitely worth checking this out.
Today's plans are still in flux for me - though I'm thinking to head over to Pacific Place for the first screening and take things from there.
The movie follows one member of the elite police force for whom the film is named as he tries to get out. He prides himself on being an member of the best trained of Brazil's police - who view themselves as being literally at war with the drug gangs. They fight these gangs with the tactics of war and not law enforcement - which repeatedly see them going in and killing anyone with a gun and using interrogation tactics that would warm Dick Cheney's heart. The regular police are portrayed as so corrupt that he'd just as soon shoot them as the drug dealers who control the slums. But the stress of the job has started to get to him and with a child on the way he wants out. But his loyalty to his unit means he needs to find a replacement. So he follows (as do we) two potential recruits who may be able to take his place. In order for that to work he needs them to become as well trained and as quick to kill as he is. This isn't quite an action movie though there are quite a few gun fights. It is hard to say how realistic it is - but if you've wondered while watching other Brazilian movies how the authorities could let things get as bad as they seem - this sort of rings as though it could be true. Either way, I'd put it in the sort of good but not great camp - 3/5 stars type territory.
Turns out that Henry makes the classic entrepreneur mistake of excessive multitasking. When he should be focused on the key goal of the road, he starts a side venture in the guise of an affair with his (admittedly tempting) housekeeper. As I'm sure anyone who's read or seen a story in this life will suspect nothing good will come of this. Part love story, part tragedy, and a tale of another man caught between worlds this made for a good film going experience. It's not unbelievably amazing but it's nice to look at and interestingly done.
In some ways a very simple story at its core. A silent movie era stuntman meets a young girl in the hospital. He's been badly injured and is suicidal over the loss of his love to a famous actor. She's hurt herself working in the orange fields of California. They bond over a fantastical tale that he that's vividly rendered through the young girls imagination. Which occasionally leads to amusing misunderstandings between his words and her differing visual interpretation. There's a somewhat dark theme underlying the movie and I don't think it's a great bet for kids. But if you go in with an open mind I think it's an interesting ride. In some ways the surreal story with a parallel to their reality sort of reminds me of Pan's Labyrinthm. I have a feeling this one may leave me with fonder memories as they settle in. Not absolutely amazing for me - but definitely the sort of thing I wouldn't ordinarily go to without the flexibility of a pass. I'd recommend reading the longer description in the festival guide (much better than the short blurb) but I do recommend.
This year I treated myself to what they call the "VIP experience" which is translated into the following extras
- A pre-show party
- valet parking (which I didn't use as I'd bought a pass for parking right across the street for the festival which avoided having to wait for my car)
- a gift bag
I was fairly impressed with the pre-show party. There was plenty of food, a good selection of beverages and a nice relatively quiet atmosphere. I had an assigned seat for the show so I could really hang out and enjoy things up until the last minute. The food was mostly sushi - not the greatest ever but plentiful and tasty enough. I'd wanted to take some more pictures but with folks moving around and my lame cell phone camera it was a bit tough. You can almost make out a fellow SIFF blogger in this shot. So I'd put the pre-party on the good reasons to spring for the upgrade list.
The after party was fun as I got a chance to catchup with people I know. The reserved section was super packed - seemed like at least twice as many people in that section as before the film started. I didn't get a chance to check out all the offerings. There was some deserts available - but mostly during this time I was talking rather than eating. I couldn't quite find the cupcake section - I remember really enjoying that last year. :-)
Maybe slightly less on the awesome scale was the gift bag itself. No complaints - that's not why I did it and went with low expectations. It's just that during the party I'd heard talk about bottles of alcohol and nutella showing up in the bags. The highlight of mine was the coffee from Cafe Vita. Seems like someone swiped the t-shirt that was supposed to be in the bag (there was a note included explaining how to exchange). That's probably OK as it seems to be a shirt for the SUV they were advertising before the film. My earlier post mentions the ad and why you won't be seeing me advertising the vehicle for them anytime soon.
Overall it was a fun night and well presented. With the possible exception of the film. ;-)
Some stock photos of McCaw Hall follow - of the sweeping lobby and the empty theater itself.
The movie follows multiple characters through the events of the Seattle WTO protests. A cop and his (ironically) unfortunate wife, several protesters, and in smaller roles "good" WTO attendees, and the local political establishment. Oh wait, almost forgot about the local newscaster with suicidal tendencies with respect to her career. They do a fantastic job telling you over and over (and over again) about the evil that is the WTO and the awesomeness that were to protesters. Sure, they briefly tell you that the ones smashing windows were bad and point to some sympathetic establishment types. But there's way too much telling and not enough showing in this film. Add in some pretty uninspired dialog, acting and hard to swallow story points and your get Battle in Seattle. Just add hundreds of cheering local fans and you can imagine opening night.
There are a few fun things mixed in - many intentional, some probably not. I sort of enjoyed the dynamic between the activist partial to turtle costumes facing off against the wall of Seattle PD. Turtles speaking truth to power, and interesting concept explained in some depth by the character involved. See, you're not going to get that from the mass media treatments of the topic...
I'm not sure if this was their intent, but the film makes me sympathetic to the mayor. Which I don't recall feeling during the actual period of the riots. Largely around the difficulties in managing a situation where people take things a bit too literally and don't ask for clarifying questions. The big one (and one of the few parts of the movie where they don't shove a detail in your face) is around the decision to not arrest anyone breaking the law. That's the message you see him giving - but a reasonable question from those receiving the orders could have been - "up to what point?" For example, don't arrest people blocking an intersection non-violently even if that's technically illegal. But maybe arrest the smaller number of people engaging in direct destruction of property with the intent of escalating the situation. Of course it's just a movie...
There's probably a lot of points to agree with politically here. So this is wholly a review on the film itself and not it's message. My hope is that on that all sides can agree this wasn't a great film to watch - and it's hard to imagine it inspiring people to any great extent. Though if gets some folks to read up in more detail that would be a good thing.
other minor peeves...
- filmmaker telling you over and over again how this is "as indie as it gets".
- Ads for SUV hybrids before the film that proudly declare they get better mileage than a 6 cylinder Camry - the least fuel efficient model of the line
- people who text during the movie (3 times if I counted right), regardless how amusing they are afterwards calling friends to see this amazing flick.
- Michelle Rodriguez's response to practically everything during the Q&A
I've attached some footage from the Sundance Channel of the film's director Lance Hammer. Haven't watched it yet myself but hopefully it'll be interesting. Finding a trailer has proven pretty difficult. I suspect it's not the easiest movie to cut an exciting trailer for as this is more of a sucks you in as you understand the characters movie than something you sell in 90 seconds.
My only complaint is that in the interest of authenticity some of the dialog is a bit hard to make out. I think I caught most of it but missed a small but key piece of discussion about why the boy's mother and father split.
Strongly recommend this film. I'm not going to get into the storyline details as I thing that would detract from the film. It's probably my favorite press screenings so far this year. Likely one of the top things I've seen this year. The characters are interesting, the storytelling technique is non linear without being confusing and the film truly doesn't let you guess where the story is going. This is not a happy movie but I left feeling positive. Either it's the message or just the experience of enjoying the ride. Truly not sure which but I'm glad to have seen it.
BTW - I've included the IMDB link for this film. But do yourself a favor and don't check it out until you've seen the movie. It's "summary" is far too specific and pretty much lays out some of the bigger moments in the film when you should get to enjoy them as they happen on screen.
Tickets for festival screenings are available here.
This film is directed by Lynn Shelton and if I recall correctly written by one or both of the actors in the movie. It's a small cast, just four folks on screen over the course of the film. The film was called out as worth watching during the programmer's preview last Thurs. I'd sort of taken that recommendation with a grain of salt. The film is a local production and in some cases that can mean a film hyped a bit more than it otherwise would be. While that almost always means a fun screening with cast, crew and friends in attendance (such as Blood on the Fast Track last year) it doesn't necessarily mean great cinema. But this exceeded expectations - though I'll admit it took a few minutes to grow on me.
From the start I had a hunch I'd either strongly enjoy it - or intensely dislike it. Maybe that's from the starting feel of the film which opens with a writer procrastinating around the house in the sort of hyper-realistic feel of the digital video. I tend to find that look a little disconcerting and really require being pulled in by the characters to avoid the sense that I'm watching The Real World on MTV. Probably not fair - but I think that's how I react most of the time to that sort of look on-screen. Add in the fact that the writer character is sort of a jerk (something stronger than "jerk" is more appropriate) and I was a bit worried. Nevertheless I was drawn into the story pretty quickly. Contrary to my initial fear it is not a 90 minute story about writers block. It's a talky take on the healing of a lost friendship (if it ever originally was a friendship) between two men. I say talky - but not too much, with a good deal of humor mixed in to break up the uncomfortable moments.
Much of the film takes place in a cabin in Eastern Washington state - which provides some great backdrops to the story. If you're a serious reader you'll also probably get the benefit of truly understanding some of the jokes I probably missed. And if nothing else you'll probably remember this movie fondly the next time you see Liv Tyler's from the rear on the big screen...
You can (and should) buy tickets here.
Just a few minutes later thanks to Excel I had my answers. It's probably not perfect as many films are listed as coming from multiple countries in the guide - but in the source list only the first listed country is included. This makes analysis simpler, but may under count things which are cross border collaborations. Even so it's good for a quick bit of fun. I've posted the excel file that resulted so you can play around yourself or have a master list of films wanted that for some other purpose. The file includes fields for film name, country, director, and the series each movie belongs to (for example Face the Music, New American Cinema, etc.) From what I can tell shorts are not included in the list.
The data seems to show 56 countries represented with a pretty long tail (only 9 countries have 5 or more films playing). I would have expected slightly more depth but I realize I've got nothing to compare it against. The selection does look pretty good overall - so nothing here so far to lower my expectations. You should be able to click on the graph above to see more details about the distribution.
SIFF it turns out, like most things is all about the Pivot tables. ;-)
Being Mamet one goes into the film expecting a BIG twist. There's of course some of that in here - but I think it's better viewed more at the surface level - a story about a man who's studied to be the best he can and works hard to impart that knowledge (and not just the technical skills) to others. In some ways it would work as well with any discipline that requires hard work and perseverance and can be used for both good and evil. Though of course violence tends to work best on the big screen. :-)
There's a fair amount of chat on IMDB about if the storyline really adds up at the end. My take is that if it's supposed to be a huge conspiracy, then perhaps not. But if you look at it more as a bunch of actors (not in the movie sense) optimizing for their own selfish goals and the tale of a man moving through this world who is not compromising for the sake of money then I think it does stay together well.
Either way, it's a pleasure to watch. Which is what counts for me at the end of the day/film. I definitely recommend - especially if you can avoid reading any more about it first. You might not want to wait. I saw it on the opening night weekend - Saturday at 8 and there were probably less than 10 folks total in the theater. Not sure how long it'll be out there unfortunately.
They also showed a preview reel at the end. Unfortunately, I was pretty tired and left before that. Overall though it was a good experience with plenty of tips on what to look for. They also distributed a printed list of some of the recommendations. I scanned it quickly - thankfully nobody recommended Apollo 54 - so I don't need to disregard anyone's complete list. ;-)
I'm not sure I've got the concentration to re-type everyone's recs. But I'll give it a shot - apologies if I miss something. The actual handout includes some of the reasons why these films are worth the special effort to catch. But I'm just going to list the names for now.
You can search for more details on any of these films at the festival website.
BTW - I noticed that Mysteries of Pittsburgh has both been made into a movie and that Beth (below) liked it. It's based on a book by Michael Chabon that I remember enjoying - so it's a nice surprise to see it's coming to the festival.
Beth Barrett - Programming Manager
- Man on Wire
- The Wave
- Mysteries of Pittsburgh
- Shortsfest Weekend
- The Last Mistress
- Idiots and Angels
- Garrison Keillor; The Man on the Radio in the Red Tennis Shows
- The End
- Otto; or Up With Dead People
- Night Tide
- Island Etude
- Battle in Seattle
- The Great Buck Howard
- Bottle Shock
- Fugitive Pieces
- Secret of the Grain
- The Edge of Heaven
- Mister Foe
- Murnau's Sunrise
- Everything is Fine
- Song Sung Blue
- Creative Nature
- Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema
- Shall We Kiss
- Hidden Face
- Cherry Blossoms - Hanami
- Boy A
Maryna Ajaja - Programmer
- You, The Living
- Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame
- Son of a Lion
- Captain Ahab
- Girl Sparks
- Loos Ornamental
- Movie, Or an Introduction to the Philosophy of Auter Film Making
Portraits in Cinema
- Stalags - Holocaust and Pornography in Israel
- Still Orangutans
- We Want Roses Too
- You, The Living
- Ain't Scared
- Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame
- Elite Squad
- Flow: For Love of Water
- Great Speeches For a Dying World
- Saving Luna
- Sita Sings The Blues
- New Ken Wardrop Short Films
- Seachd: The Crimson Snowdrop
- Scottish Shorts
- The Disappeared
- Once Upon a Time
- Idiots and Angels
- The Wild Bunch
- Strange Days
I was very much in the mood for a documentary by the time this screened at the press previews. So it's very much possible I liked it more than I would have otherwise. It's a good mix of humor and serious moments in the student's lives. The access seems pretty complete and they're remarkably natural in front of the camera. Maybe the age (or the prevalence of reality TV) lends for the ability to act without thinking how bad some of these moments might look on screen in the light of day (or sans the alcohol). The film manages to find stereotype breaking moments for each, and I do think it's worth checking out. The students are shown (figuratively) warts and all - but there's something to like about all of them by the end. Most of their parents don't quite do as well by comparison.
Even though you'll go from wanting to cheer to groaning every few minutes - there are at least two moments that are really rewarding to witness. The first is the the chance to watch a student stick to her guns regarding her plan to get out of the town that she knows is a trap for her. The second is watching the "nerd" break out of his shell, at least for a short period on his trip to San Diego to visit his older brother.
That said, there's one John Hughes stereotype that apparently cannot be broken. That of the girl who seems to think of herself (and by those around her) as not terribly attractive but turns out to be hot as soon as she ditches the unflattering hat. Which of course is obvious to everyone else watching the entire time. ;-)
Screens May 30th and 31st
It's a very accurate description - which is always nice. As to the film itself, I'm somewhat of a mixed mind on this one. I thought it was well done - both from the acting and the storytelling side. At the same time it's overall message that a cycle of revenge leaves everyone worse off just didn't really score with me. I guess at some level it didn't pull me deep enough into the world to help me understand exactly why the characters were motivated to take the actions they took. I was into it while I watched - I just didn't leave feeling much attachment to the film. Though I did wonder if the police in Copenhagen were on the job at all...
Playing June 1st and 4th
Here's the official description - which probably merits a post on how to decode film festival blurbs to avoid this sort of thing, "As a mysterious television signal threatens to reduce the Italian populace to mindless drones, dashing fair-haired scientist Bobby Joe constructs an interstellar cable car and takes to the skies with his slightly less intrepid co-pilot Jim Bob to defeat the alien threat. This sepia-toned homage to 1950s space operas stands as a complete trip, in all senses of the word."
Some personal translations
- complete trip - you'll likely want to be fairly high high for maximum enjoyment. And I don't mean seated up in the balcony.
- fair haired scientist - dude wearing a wig that's funny for a second until you realize this is the main person you'll be watching on-screen for 90 minutes
- co-pilot Jim Bob - apparently redneck humor with respect to the dumb sidekick is the largely the same in the US and Italy - and equally funny (or not)
- television signal...mindless drones - at some point (or many points) there will be obvious points about how TV makes you stupid. While implicitly indicating that movies in no way make you dumb
- Sepia-toned homage to 1950's opera - interesting for a 10 minute film, not a feature length movie.
Playing at SIFF on May 24th and 26th
Iron-Man - Sure - it's a super hero movie. But it's one of the best I've seen in a while. My expectations were high, but I still had a great time. Perfect casting, actually good acting and a pretty simple storyline make for some fun viewing. Stay through the end credits if you're a comics book fan. Otherwise no big deal if you missed that. And try to avoid the New Yorker review which manages to both trash the film and provide you with the last line of the movie. Sort of jerky if you ask me, even though it's not as though it's a big twist. :-)
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay - Yes, it's as dumb as you can expect. Yes, it was sort of fun. Not as good as the 1st - which even there was funnier in concept than execution. I've seen some reviews that treat it as a great satirical indictment of the political uses of the war on terror. I'm not sure it really carries much water in that regard - but it was still fun.
The Life Before Her Eyes - I'd pretty pretty shocked if you'd seen Jacob's Ladder (or any of the similar films) and didn't see what was going on fairly early in the film. Shot in flashback from a woman (Uma Thurman) who experienced a tragic Columbine like shooting at her high school. I saw this at a SIFF preview several weeks back (in theaters now). I think could have been a great movie if it had focused on the younger characters in high school instead of the split motif. I know it's based on a book so that's not the story they were telling. Mainly just saying the younger characters where much more interesting to watch than the movie they actually made.
Smart People - See the visitor instead. Not even sure it's worth a rental. A lot of folks mention the great dialog. I like all the actors in it (except not so much Sarah Jessica Parker), but even with the positive feelings going in I was pretty bored. See The Visitor instead. If you feel the need see Ellen Page - just watch Juno again after seeing the visitor.
The Visitor - One of the best movies I've seen in a while. I saw a preview with the lead actor in attendance a few weeks before it was released. The trailers don't quite give you a great sense as to the quality of this bittersweet tale. I'm not going to say much about it other than it's well worth seeing. Compelling story, great acting, and some though interesting topics around immigration policy to discuss after you've seen it. All around a solid film.