Thank you Joe Morgenstern

I don’t know which is making me happier today…

Joe Morgenstern’s writing, which is this lyrical molasses that just rolls around in your mouth as you read it, or this trend of fantastic films by American women.

“Every good movie is a singular event; if it weren’t distinctive it wouldn’t be good. Yet this summer has produced a fascinating trend that’s starting to look like a genuine phenomenon—female American filmmakers using modest budgets and limited resources to turn out some of the best movies of the year. First it was Nicole Holofcener’s "Please Give,” an urban celebration of empathy in flawlessly comic terms. Then came Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone,” an example of ethnography harnessed to a heart-stopping story with a fearless heroine. Now Ms. Cholodenko has joined the party with yet another terrific film that bears the indelible stamp of a woman, and an American woman at that. “Party” may not be the right word, though. It’s starting to feel like a home-grown renaissance.“

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