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23 October 2008 @ 09:16 am
Caught a showing a Mike Leigh's new film Happy-Go-Lucky last weekend and thought it was great. Sally Hawkins plays Poppy, a relentlessly upbeat, consistently positive-thinking single woman living with her lifelong best friend in London. For Poppy, every moment is a new chance to be surprised and every person she meets worth really listening to. But she's not just a Pollyanna. She's crass, fun, frantic, impulsive, and always on the verge of laughing a little too much. And since this is a Mike Leigh film, the world Poppy inhabits is no softly-lit, magical realism, happy-endings-for-everyone sort of place. It's dark and gritty enough even to challenge Poppy's seemingly indefatigable cheerfulness. While it's definitely got stories to tell, the movie's ultimately about Poppy's unstated, but always expressed philosophy, and if you're lucky, a little of it might rub off on you.

Listening to: Rilo Kiley - "Does He Love You?"
Pallaspallasathene8 on October 23rd, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Poppy is a great name.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on October 24th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Do you want me to start calling you "Poppy?" Do you, Poppy?
Pallaspallasathene8 on October 24th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Well, it beats the hell out of Billie Jo. But Pallas, on the other hand, is a pretty cool name too. I think I have a thing for two syllable P names. Or I just like Poppy because I used to have a big crush on Poppy Montgomery.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on October 24th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Because of Without A Trace or Glory Days?
Pallaspallasathene8 on October 24th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
Missing...I've never seen the other.
captian_whamo on October 23rd, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
I saw that preview the other day. I wanted to see it. But I dont think its in denver yet. It looked great! I'll have to check it out...