Ghost World

January 15, 2010 at 11:15 pm Leave a comment

MOVIE:  Ghost World

NUTSHELL:  Terry Zwigoff’s adaptation of Daniel Clowes’comic book about an unconventional, nihilistic high school graduate who moves away from her best friend and becomes interested in a middle-aged, LP-obsessed dork.

GOOD THINGS:  Steve “teeth” Buscemi, Thora “boobs” Birch, Scarlett “Brenda Vaccaro eat your heart out” Johansson, kitsch, love, angst, Illeana Douglas, Bob Balaban, a disheveled and confused Brad Renfro

BAD THINGS:  I think something’s missing in the story. Something’s gone and I have to get the book now I guess.

FEATURES:  Convenience stores, cruelish faux mash notes, illustrated journals, closeted fried chicken racism, Teri Garr, one of the most awesome poster lines ever: “Accentuate the Negative.”

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  Well they are mean those teenaged girls. Mean mean mean. Also, some of the art class.

NOTABLE:  Is this the first movie based on a comic book to be nominated for a screenplay adaptation Oscar?

BEST PART:  Either the love part, or Doug, the guy with the numchucks (is that how you spell numchucks?)

BEST LINE:  Yeah. I’m a Klansman.

CROWNS:  4 out of 5

Entry filed under: Firebaton review.

The Good Girl Top Ten 2009

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