Juno. Liked it. Funny, touching, moments of dread, and sad, too. A 2, quite possibly bumpable to a 3. (2 on the Sean Scale is “didn’t regret seeing it, would watch it again,” 3 is “really good, I want to own it”).
Cloverfield: Wow. Intense. Very good. It’s a good thing fingernails grow back because I chewed mine down to nubs during this movie. Motion sickness isn’t a problem for me so the handheld-camera footage didn’t bother me … if it does bother you, take Dramamine and sick in the back of the theater. Almost certainly a 3.
Maltese Falcon: I rented this a LONG time ago. I didn’t like it. I expected so much from a “classic” movie, but I got an unbelievable “romance” between Bogart and Mary Astor (no clue they were interested in each other at all until the end scene where she’s going to jail and they talk about him “waiting for her”), Lorre’s character was just silly and annoying, the dialogue was bleh, the acting was bleh. I were not impressed and I won’t see it again. The only reason I’m mentioning it now is because we (me Stan! Keri JD) were talking after Cloverfield and for some reason I mentioned that I didn’t like Maltese Falcon. All three of them were quite surprised by my literal thumbs-down and we had to change the subject. Tho it’s funny that Stan! would react with such surprise, because I said words to that effect in a comment to this doodle entry. Perhaps he interpreted what I said a different way?