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Top Five Movies of Greta Gerwig

Two things tend to spring toward my lips and out my mouth when I hear eloquent alliterative elocution. The first is the make-believe world of Marvel Comics where Bruce Banner, Peter Parker, Matt Murdock, Scott Summers, Warren Worthington III, Sue Storm and Reed Richards roam the fantastical pages of adventure. Out of those aliases spring the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, the Spectacular Spiderman, friends like the Silver Surfer and foes like Doctor Doom and the Green Goblin.

greta2The next things that come to my consciousness are the words of Word Smith, narrator of “The Great American Novel” by Philip Roth. In this book about the antics of the Ruppert Mundys of the long forgotten Patriot League, Mr. Smith lays down more alliteration than the Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Method Man have rhymes. That’s right, deal with it.

So, now as I think about the lovely Greta Gerwig, her upcoming “Frances Ha” and her past film career, I realize that the great Greta may have to make my mind tally a third thing to that list. It’s only a few movies, but with a comely countenance like Greta’s, I think she may resonate and ring more real within the realms of my reasoning. For a fresh feast of her films, I suggest these five.

5. The House of the Devil

The patriarch of the movie, Tom Noonan, has made quite the career out of playing bad guys. My personal favorite was his role as Ripper in “The Last Action Hero,” but I’m sure many people would cite his role as “The Tooth Fairy” in the adaptation of part of the Hannibal Lecter stories in “Mindhunter.” Then again, his favorite movie of mine is where he doesn’t play a bad guy in “Synecdoche, New York.”

4. Baghead

From Jay and Mark Duplass, the guys behind “Cyrus” and “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” started that run of funny films with this comedy horror flick. It takes place in Big Bear, California, a secluded spot in the mountains that might not seem to be too far from civilization, but that’s before you look around and realize that you’d have to run miles through the woods to get anywhere.

3. The Dish and the Spoon

How often do you see a movie set in Delaware? Huh? Well, make it your goal to see one movie set in Delaware and this one could be it.

2. Damsels in Distress

Greta to go with Aubrey Plaza of “Safety Not Guaranteed” and Analeigh Tipton of “Warm Bodies” and I shouldn’t have to say another thing to get you to watch this movie.

1. Greenberg

I won’t say that this movie is an easy watch. It’s quite tough a lot of the time because of the work that Ben Stiller and writers Noah Baumbach (who also wrote “Frances Ha”) and Jennifer Jason Leigh do to make the titular protagonist so unlikable. It’s even tougher because Greta’s character is so darn likable.

Agree? Disagree? Which movies would make your Greta Gerwig top five?

 

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