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Reel Reviews – Kicking and Screaming

Kicking and Screaming

Reel Reviews #60: “If Plato is a fine red wine, then Aristotle is a dry martini.” Time to enjoy the freshman effort from writer/director Noah Baumbach. A smart script with endlessly quotable lines and a great ensemble cast of young “indie” actors comes together for a film worth watching. “I like a bartender who drinks.”

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8 Responses to “Reel Reviews – Kicking and Screaming”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 mandrake Sep 2nd, 2006 at 2:01 am

    Welcome back! We “Reel Reviews” fans have missed you. It’s funny, I just bought (and watched) “Kicking and Screaming” a few days before your podcast appeared. “Broken glass” was priceless! Meanwhile, did you notice the 2-disc special edition of “Double Indemnity” that just came out? Good times!

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Pete Sep 2nd, 2006 at 6:11 pm

    Hey Michael,

    I almost gave up on you ever posting another podcast…glad you’re alive and well! I look forward to more reviews in the future. Thanks for the heads-up on Kicking and Screaming…I’ll definitely be checking it out!

    Pete

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Chris Sep 17th, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    “Is that a pajama top you’re wearing?” “No…yes.”

    I can’t believe someone else likes this film! I saw this during my own final
    year of university. My girlfriend and I were going to Poland (not quite
    Prague, but close enough) the year after and the film has always affected my
    life. I love the writing, the story–even the soundtrack is amazing; it
    introduced me to Freedy Johnston and Jimmie Dale Gilmore and made me a lifelong
    fan of Baumbach’s work. For a long time, Josh Hamilton’s character felt like an
    alter ego, especially after my girlfriend and I broke up in Poland, and
    everything went to hell in a hand basket.

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 mandrake Oct 3rd, 2006 at 2:44 am

    BTW, did you notice Carlos Jacott on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”? Decent role, crappy character on a hot new show. Good for him! And…my first recollection of him was on “Firefly”. Great to see his “beginning” in “K&S”.
    Anticipating your next review. ;)

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Pete Mar 26th, 2007 at 7:51 am

    No more new Reel Reviews? Has Michael podfaded? :-) Kidding, I know he’s a big shot in the podcasting world now and is busy but I hope he does few more reel reviews in 2007.

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Rob Wallace Feb 9th, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Hi Michael.

    As a film music composer I want to remark on the sound design and music of :Kicking and Screaming.” I thought the foley was adequate to good and the incidental music quite good. The film as a whole is pretty gosh darn good.

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Dana Jul 2nd, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I love, love, LOVE this movie. Thanks so much for reviewing it. “You know how to make God laugh?”

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 in ear dre beats Sep 27th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!

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