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This was a great movie.  I had no idea what to expect going in, but I came out thoroughly enjoying this film.  Brian actually had the same sentiment as I did leaving the theater, namely, for what it set out to accomplish it was nearly flawless in its execution.  In fact, Brian does a very good job in his review of the piece, so I’ll just jot down a couple of things I also noted during the movie.  (Note to self: In future, pick people you disagree with more when writing a blog.  Agreeing with people is much less satisfying than criticizing them.)

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Much as it pains me to admit it, I agree with Jared on this one.  I was a big fan of the last Cronenberg/Mortensen outing A History of Violence, but this one was lacking.  As Jared stated, I don’t think it was a question of bad acting or directing, the screenplay was too weak to allow anyone to shine.  There were a couple of good scenes that were like bright lights in an otherwise dismal night, but these were too few to be able to make me highly recommend the movie. 

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Best movie of the year. Period. Granted, this statement is made without seeing every movie (or even every movie up for Best Picture) but I feel pretty confident. It would take quite a feat of film making to make me recant. In fact, in our little behind-the-scenes ranking, I gave Juno a perfect 10 – and I stand by that grade. As a testament to this movie’s prowess, I went into the theater with very high expectations (which you should never do) and not only were they met, they were exceeded. So, you might as well prepare yourself because if you plan on reading any further, the rest of this post will exclusively deal with how awesome this movie is.

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