A Serious Man: The Coen Brothers really wowed me with this Best Picture-nominated black comedy about the disintegrating life of Larry Gopnik in 1967. Michael Stuhlbarg is PERFECT as a good guy suffering through a tidal wave of bad luck: his wife is leaving, his kids don’t respect him, his brother is suicidal, and he’s being blackmailed by a student for a passing grade. Turning to his faith for answers, Larry visits (or tries to, anyway) 3 Rabbis for advice, with each result being more hilarious than the last. I really, really love this film you guys.
Serious Moonlight: This one hasn’t been getting favorable reviews, but since Waitress is one of my favorite movies EVER, I have to find out what Adrienne Shelly’s last screenplay is like. Shelly’s friend (& Waitress co-star) Cheryl Hines chose this as her directorial debut to honor her memory. The plot sounds prety “meh”: Louise kidnaps her husband when she learns he’s leaving her for a younger woman – but it could turn out pretty funny (I’m hoping for an Addicted to Love-type performance). All I know is this: if Meg Ryan is the thing that ruins this, I’m gonna be pissed.
Emma: You know I loves me some period costume drama, in particular, stories by Miss Jane Austen. Emma is a nicely translatable (hello, Clueless!) comedy about a misguided matchmaker who loses her cool – and learns a few lessons – once she starts falling in love. While the 1996 Gwyneth Paltrow version isn’t bad, I’m excited to dive into this 4-hour BBC mini-series (especially since my good friend and fellow Austen enthusiast assures me it is awesome).