A Double Feature Recommendation

A great thing about movies is that they can work like a playlist on occasion. They can smoothly transition from one to the next and may even  feel like they compliment each other. I believe double features can slightly alter your perception of the way you view each corresponding film. I am going to start recommending double features that I feel you guys would enjoy.

Today, my double feature recommendation is Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha (2012) starring Greta Gerwig and Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird (2017) starring Saoirse Ronan. I believe that these films purposefully compliment each other. Frances Ha is about a Sacramento native’s daily struggle in New York. Lady Bird is about a Sacramento high school student who dreams of moving to New York for college.

Frances Ha (2012)

Frances ha
Image courtesy of IFCfilms

4/5|  Drama| 1hr 35m

Director: Noah Baumbach
Screenplay: Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach
Cinematography: Sam Levy

Noah Baumbach’s cozy, black and white drama follows 27-year-old Frances Halladay as she bounces from apartment to apartment and dances through the busy streets of Brooklyn. I saw this film a few years ago and was immediately entranced by Gerwig’s nuanced portrayal of a woman struggling to find herself in a larger than life city. In many ways this reminds me of the influential films Woody Allen made in the early days of his career, specifically Manhattan (1979).


Lady Bird (2017)

saoirse-ronan-lady-bird
Image courtesy of PapelPop

4.5/5| Comedy| Drama| Romance| 1hr 34m

Director: Greta Gerwig
Screenplay: Greta Gerwig
Cinematography: Sam Levy

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut was one of last year’s most critically acclaimed films and for good reason. An early 2000s period piece that also acts as a love story between mother and daughter, this film takes all the tropes of typical coming-of-age stories and does something unique. With a stacked cast of rising young actors, this film is not only endearing but thoroughly entertaining.

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