Here's a Taste of: FRANCES HA

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Gerta Gerwig in Frances Ha Review

I walked into this film distracted, I was worried I'd just spent too much on lunch, (although an enjoyable one at Pizzeria Stella (post to come) and by the fact that I was supposed to meet up with someone in the lobby before the film about other Tinsel & Tine business, but realized my last text to him didn't go thru, right as my phone battery was going into the red. The movie's starting, but I have to find a place to charge my phone and hope no one steals it from the back of the theater. Normally, such circumstances would have me somewhat detached from what I'm watching, instead I was immediately engaged and was able to put all other thoughts from me as I just totally and hilariously GOT EVERYTHING going on in the world of Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha.

I enjoyed this movie so much it deserves a loving post where I really give my take on the movie and talk about why I relate to it, and the parts that made me think of my own friendship with my best friend, but I don't have time. I'm seeing so many movies now, I'm working on two interviews and I'm in between jobs - YES, for those of you who follow Tinsel & Tine, I am no longer working at the job that was killing me, mind, body and soul.  Still, as everyone knows, looking for your next opportunity is a full-time job (suggestions and offers welcome :)

Back to Frances Ha I did have time to read this review on the Huffington Post which is like Ouch! to Greta Gerwig, what's she ever done to this guy to deserve such shade?
Marshall Fine Huffington Post rags on Greta Gerwig
...Well, OK, so I thought Gerwig was palatable in Baumbach's sourly compelling Greenberg. Beyond that, however, I'm not one of these critics who, in order to sublimate a crush on Gerwig, has proclaimed her an actual actress. Because she's not much of one.
Nor, from the evidence here, is she much of a writer. Baumbach is, but his brisk, acerbic wit seems to have been diluted by the watery Gerwig, who seems to have no flavor whatsoever. Her performances are weak tea, in the strongest sense of the term.
So is Frances Ha. Give it a miss and check into Baumbach's earlier films, which have an astringently pointed wit that this film lacks. Watching Frances Ha is like viewing the outtakes from a movie you don't want to see - Marshall Fine Huffington Post

To which I replied in the comment section:
I've never disagreed more with a review. Frances Ha is a gem! Go see it! It's just the kind of coming of age in your late 20's, figuring it out kind of funny, that many people going through it even in your 30's and 40's can relate to and enjoy!

If you are an old, established, comfortable, white male, you probably won't get it, but Gerwig is today's female Woody Allen, she's adorably off balanced and I went to see the movie because she was featured and I'm sure the lines like - "Don't treat me like a 3 hour Brunch friend" and "I have trouble leaving places" are from her and I loved it! - Tinsel & Tine

Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha "I Have Trouble Leaving Places"
After its premiere, [Telluride Film Festival] “Frances Ha” was greeted with critical acclaim — The Hollywood Reporter called the film “offbeat and smart,” saying that it was “incredibly rich to watch” — and comparisons to a similarly New York-centric show about youth and female friendship...

“Frances Ha” is an episodic, almost fragmentary film, structured by the decreasingly desirable addresses Frances finds herself living in — Prospect Heights in Brooklyn; Chinatown; eventually even Poughkeepsie, N.Y. — and the relationship between Frances and Sophie, best friends and roommates who drift together and apart...
And Ms. Gerwig is one of the most fascinating actresses of her generation, known for her seemingly unstudied performances and nervy physicality... 

For Mr. Baumbach, “Frances Ha” is a return to a moment he’s never really stopped writing about: “That period in your 20s where you’re necessarily having to separate yourself from a kind of romantic idea of yourself,” as he put it. - Zach Baron The New York Times

Mickey Sumner and Greta Gerwig Friendship

It nice that Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner (daughter of Sting & Trudie Styler!) became real life friends.  And the only thing that I thought was unnecessary, but not terribly off putting, was the fact the entire movie is shot in black and white:

The relationship developed organically on set as it did in the screenplay, Gerwig said: "Film sets are a place where within a day and a half of shooting, you feel like you've never not known these people. We didn't say, 'Let's create a real friendship off screen that we can bring to this screen.' Mickey just understood it in her heart so quickly. We didn't feel the need to add sugar to sugar."...

"It's near impossible to make a movie in black and white in the system," Baumbach said. "I wanted to reinvent how I could make a movie and with technology as it is, there was an opportunity for it. The material felt black-and-white to me. I'm not 27 anymore, but there's something both old and new about the film, almost an instant nostalgia. At the same time, because you aren't distracted by color, there's more immediacy to it.

"But that's somewhat retrospective. I really just wanted to make a movie in black-and-white," Baumbach candidly added. - Ryan Lattanzio Indiewire

LAMB Score 4.5 out 5

Tinsel & Tine (Reel & Dine): Philly Film, Food & Events Blog

Philly Events Calendar

ADD YOUR EVENT for FREE! - which includes SOCIAL MEDIA BLASTS!  Click AGENDA VIEW to see complete list of happenings.

Featured Post


Tinsel & Tine Winners for Preview Screening Contest Guest on The LAMB Podcast Lambcast #470: CAPTAIN MARVEL w/ Rich Kirkh...

Food n Film: BURNT

Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too! READ POST

Food n Film: CHEF

Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST


The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold

By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)

What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... READ POST

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE


...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST


With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST


Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST


I participated in WalkMS Philly on 4/30/16
Thank you to the readers who donated to the cause - It's not too late to support! Click badge below

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"

Tinsel & Tine on

Tinsel & Tine on
Really love this platform, you feature your stuff and other people's stuff you follow, and it all configures like the front page of a newspaper. Click to see what I mean

Visit Our YouTube Channel

Visit Our YouTube Channel
View Q & A's with visiting Filmmakers to Philly

Philly Food and Film

Videographer Oliver Gallini 5 min short featuring organic-chemist-turned-chef, Townsend Wentz, who got his start at The Four Seasons Philadelphia.


Cross Content Blogs


Large Association of Movie Blogs

Tinsel & Tine was nominated for a VBA



group of 10,000 women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments

Women Online

The Blogstress Network

The Blogstress Network
Female Bloggers Unite

Contributor from 2010 - 2012

About This Blog

is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

Camera Tips


  © Blogger template On The Road by 2009

Back to TOP