• Heller is two for two in the archives with this and her debut from 2015- The Diary of a Teenage Girl – she’s not an overly strong director- but these are smart (and a little depressing) films—she creates an atmosphere for San Fran in Diary and definitely has a feel for 1990’s NYC here
  • It’s a acting and writing film- it’s Melissa McCarthy’s best work- and it’s Richard E. Grant’s best since Withnail in 1987- they are both stunning here
  • Jazz score, musty– seedy bars, bad apartments, frumpy look from McCarthy’s Lee Israel- love it all
  • The character is built—piece by piece over the period of the film- it’s a complex part/character
  • The final face-off in the bar with Grant is a magnificent scene
  • Recommend