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Early last week I was able to catch an advance screening of the Jason Reitman directed new pregnancy comedy (popular new genre) JUNO, and I wanted to take time to formally recommend the film in web log format. With that said, I recommend the film.

Some might need a few minutes to adjust to the rapid pacing of dialog (Stars Hallow minus the quasi-snobbiness) but once you get into the groove, Juno is hilarious. Ellen Page showcases her comedic chops and speaks with a witty fluidity that you sometimes wish you had. And of course Michael Cera turns in a wonderfully understated performance as Paulie Bleeker. The whole cast is great really, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, J.K. Simmons, and Allison Janney. As an indie cool kid targeted film (an unfortunate label; I hope it’s not over-championed by that crowd), the soundtrack features great songs from Kimya Dawson of Moldy Peaches fame (listen to “Anyone Else But You”).

Anyways, I’m not saying it’s the greatest movie ever or anything. I’m just saying that I enjoyed it very much and it’s quite nice and perhaps you should watch it. Go watch it. Thundercats are go.

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judd apatow’s Superbad opened this past weekend and it seems like the film is well on its way to becoming a popular and critical success. this success is great because not only will apatow’s midas streak continue (and hopefully garner interest in his other amazing works like Freaks and Geeks or Undeclared), but also many will get to witness the great michael “mikey” cera in all his glory. and since the masses will surely demand all things cera, now seems like a great time to re-recommend Clark and Michael. with the equally charming clark duke (who also had a lovely cameo in Superbad and can be seeing holding it up on Greek), these short 10 minute webisodes are nuggets of comedy gold. the two play frankenstein versions of their real selves, trying to pitch a show that the duo wrote.

since i can’t really do justice to the show by describing it, i’ll mention some of the places the duo have wined and dined at instead (what?). and i personally find this to be of great interest because 1)i love to eat, and 2)i’ve actually been to the joints on occasion. you know, it’s like i’m part of the gang, but not.

Canter’s Deli
419 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA

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” Canter’s Delicatessen has been a Los Angeles landmark since 1931. Complete breakfast, lunch, dinner menu available 24 hours. Fresh baked goods available from our bakery. Full bar and Cocktail Lounge.” the menu is sprawling. i can count on not being able to decide what to eat every time because there are just so many things to choose from. the lounge connected to the deli frequently hosts live music. canter’s is definitely a favorite place to be; many memorable post-bar hopping dining experiences to recall fondly.

The Dime
442 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA

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one of my friends had a birthday outing at the dime, partly because it was walking distance from her apartment meaning that we would be able to drink and walk back without a cab. it turns out, the dime is one happening place. i remember they had a great DJ who played some grooving tracks. it’s half dive bar, half hipster hang out (i guess). it’s nice to go to a place with non-hassle no cover access. just a sea of young people, elbowing their way for a couple drinks.

finally, go watch the show. they are just a couple of sweet guys that know what they’re doing. and Superbad.

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