P304 Teletext 304 Dec11 23:12:44       ———————————————————————————————  CRITICS GET IN A STATE OVER INDIE FLICK Natalie Portman's new film Garden State, a low-key alternative comedy about US suburban alienation, is an antidote to Christmas blockbusters. When his paraplegic mother dies, Andrew (Zach Braff) leaves his drug-fuelled LA life to visit his long-lost father in their New Jersey family home and ends up battling his demons. First-time writer and director Braff keeps the dark comedy lighthearted. But what did the US critics think of it? ——————————————————————————————————1/7—— by Siddika Khalique Get R.E.M & other tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 Books Events Community TV Guide
P304 Teletext 304 Dec11 23:17:11       ———————————————————————————————  CRITICS GET IN A STATE OVER INDIE FLICK US critics are divided over indie flick Garden State. The New York Times's Stephen Holden has mixed views about the film. "As precocious film-making debuts tend to be, Garden State is too self-conscious by half, but all the characters are aggressively quirky," he writes. But Holden feels the film ultimately fails to satisfy: "The feel-good ending seems tacked on, a thudding final sentence with many exclamation points." ——————————————————————————————————2/7—— Christmas events 370 C4 Ace 380 C4 Had an accident? Need Advice? See ITV1 p386 Books Events Community TV Guide
P304 Teletext 304 Dec11 23:11:11       ———————————————————————————————  CRITICS GET IN A STATE OVER INDIE FLICK Glenn Whipp, of the Los Angeles Daily News, thinks Zach Braff's first film Garden State is ambitious: "It sometimes over-reaches and is more than occasionally self-consciously kooky." But he feels the movie conjures up genuine emotion. "As Andrew's drugged- out disaffection lifts, the movie puts a lump in your throat," he writes. He adds: "The off-the-wall scenarios are otherworldly, but the longings Braff taps into are universal." ——————————————————————————————————3/7—— National events 365 C4 TV Plus 130 HAD AN ACCIDENT? OWED COMPENSATION? FIND OUT ON ITV1 p386 Books Events Community TV Guide
P304 Teletext 304 Dec11 23:17:44       ———————————————————————————————  CRITICS GET IN A STATE OVER INDIE FLICK Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Observer is moved by Zach Braff's writing and directing debut in Garden State. He says: "It charms with ease and moves with grace. It's warm but never mushy. It's like a perfect pop song - that thing that makes you smile and tears you up at the same time." He says the film's emotions are realistic: "It's like autobiography with all the me-myself-and-I's taken out, leaving plenty of room for you." ——————————————————————————————————4/7—— Night clubs 398/399 C4 Lifestyle 340 C4 HOW ACE IS POP? p380 C4 Books Events Community TV Guide
P304 Teletext 304 Dec11 23:13:04       ———————————————————————————————  CRITICS GET IN A STATE OVER INDIE FLICK Rolling Stone's Peter Travers feels Zach Braff's Garden State is a brave first effort. He says: "He wants to stuff his big feelings into one movie, he wants to change the world. He doesn't totally pull it off, but what strange and marvellous fun to watch him try." Overall, Travers thinks the movie is a triumph: "It's a hilarious and heartfelt ode to twentysomething angst. Braff has himself a winner." ——————————————————————————————————5/7—— Total Entertainment 140 ITV1/300 C4 HOW ACE IS POP? p380 C4 Books Events Community TV Guide
P304 Teletext 304 Dec11 23:12:11       ———————————————————————————————  CRITICS GET IN A STATE OVER INDIE FLICK The Washington Post's Desson Thomson thinks Garden State a little uneven but an "amazing directorial debut". He thinks this "edgy quasi-comedy is funny in places, touching in others" with a lot of "creative richness". He feels it is easy to "overlook its passing shortcomings". "Sometimes, it's a little too precious for its own good and the romance makes the movie lose some sharpness. But it pulls through triumphantly at the end," he says. ——————————————————————————————————6/7—— Themed TV Listings 117 HOW ACE IS POP? p380 C4 Books Events Community TV Guide
P304 Teletext 304 Dec11 23:16:21       ———————————————————————————————  CRITICS GET IN A STATE OVER INDIE FLICK The Miami Herald's Rene Rodriguez says: "There's no denying the intelligence at work in Garden State." He thinks the message of the movie is: "Life is a lot like swimming: You can't ever learn if you're too afraid to dive in, or even slowly wade into the deep end." He thinks novice writer and director Braff is skilful at "weaving off-the- wall humour and sight gags into a story that, at heart, is profoundly sad". ——————————————————————————————————7/7—— Big Screen film news 310 C4 HOW ACE IS POP? p380 C4 Books Events Community TV Guide