A few months back Dan Murrell at Screen Junkies mentioned he’d just seen a little film called Lady Bird, a coming age tale about a teenage girl growing up in Sacramento directed by Greta Gerwig. I enjoyed Frances Ha and pay attention to Dan Murrell when he says a movie is good and he was quite taken with this one. It’s been a long wait for the film to reach Australian shores and now you can read my review over at Heavy Magazine here This is a thoughtful well made film crafted with a lot of care. Little things add up to a vibrant big picture. I can’t say it was my favourite film of the year though Dan.

Heavy is an independent magazine and website that is all about the music and specifically heavy music and supporting the Australian music scene in general. Fortunately for me they do cover film as well and I have been fortunate to have a few things published there.

-Lloyd Marken



    1. I enjoyed the trailer more than the film which was more nuanced and realistic. It’s a mother daughter tale which often doesn’t get presented on screen and Laurie Metcalfe is very good in it. Maybe see it down the road and let me know what you think. Any Oscar hopefuls you have been tempted to see on the big screen recently? I’m stewing I missed The Florida Project. Maybe you’d enjoy Phantom Thread?

      1. Nothing tempting me into the ‘big city’ (Norwich) so far, Lloyd. I like the casting of Phantom Thread, but the story doesn’t appeal. I’m sick of seeing McDormand looking smug on award shows, so might wait for ‘3 Billboards’ to come on TV. ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Well there’s Shape of Water maybe? Black Panther?….-no wait that’s a comic book. Hmm. Well something is bound to come up throughout the year. What is the missus keen on?

      3. Oh dear well you’re entitled to your opinion but I think the Coens got lucky having her feature in their films as well. As for Sondra Locke I always get a bit sad about that. She was an Oscar nominee and then she just became Eastwood’s muse and he’s got a pretty bad track record when it comes to women. I hear she’s happy now. Don’t get me wrong I love Clint’s work but there’s a bit I saw in The Gauntlet where their performance was so natural and they looked really in love and I thought that young girl doesn’t know what’s ahead of her.

      4. I think they show one here where people are in hospital and whether they recover. Can’t think of the name. Well we’ll have to wait for movie worth going for you to see at the cinemas.

  1. Great review…I enjoyed it, especially Greta Gerwig’s confident directing – she let her talent play the scene, rather than feel “directed”, and that is why the performances are so nuanced….

    1. Thank you John, I’m glad you liked the review. I enjoyed the film too, I got a bit impatient with the character of Lady Bird at times but it’s a very well made layered film. Your comments about the film are spot on.

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