THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

MAGGIE'S PLAN (2015)










Just screened #59, Maggie's Plan (2015). It is so unabashedly "independent film" that it's almost a parody of itself when Maggie (Greta Gerwig) decides she wants to have a baby via artificial insemination without having to depend on meeting Mr. Right. And she finds a weird pickle manufacturer (!) to be a weird sperm donor. But she meets married would-be novelist Ethan Hawke who falls for her and they get together and have a baby the old-fashioned way as he leaves wife Juli...anne Moore and her oddly European accented writer character. And then it gets odder as Greta decides, three years and one child later, that she might be falling out of love and schemes to get Ethan back together with his ex. This is an odd one and apart from an appealing performance from Greta and some nice moments from Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph, Maggie's Plan seemed a tad contrived, something that could only happen in an independent film. Meh.