Minnie’s interior life is further illustrated in animated sequences based on her diaristic portraits and comics. This multimedia approach reflects the hybrid nature of Diary ’s source material, Phoebe Gloeckner’s beloved diary-graphic novel hybrid of the same name from 2002. I (shamefully) haven’t read that book, so I can’t accurately say how well Gloeckner’s vision (and life, on which her book was partly based) is portrayed in Heller’s directorial debut, but I can say that Diary of a Teenage Girl is an extraordinary coming of age story by any standard and so masterfully executed. It reminded me of a lot of things—the kind of old polaroids that Instagram filters mimic (its colors are muted to the point of being pastel), The Ice Storm (Wiig’s character would have been the swingingest addition to any key party), The Virgin Suicides , and mostly, Ghost World . I’m reminded of what Roger Ebert said about that last movie , one of my favorite things anyone has ever written about any movie, and it certainly applies here: “I wanted to hug this movie.”
TIMEX Ironman Wrist Watch ($28):
Looking for the perfect gift for an active boy? The Timex IronmanWrist Watch Model T5E931 is definitely worth a look. All watches are not created equal, and this watch by Timex is as stylish and “cool” as it is functional. In addition to the standard alarm, stopwatch, and lap counters, this watch incorporates the Timex Flix system, which activates the Indiglo night-light with a simple flick of the wrist. To activate FLIX, put the watch into Night-Mode by pressing and holding the Indiglonight-light button 3 seconds until it beeps. With the watch in Night-Mode, a forward “flick” of the wrist with a sharp “stop” will activate the Indiglo night-light for three seconds.