Sunday, September 24, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

A while back, I read an article about the state of American cinema. The author of the piece posited that, because Americans are not heading to the movies in the numbers they once did, Hollywood now relies on foreign markets to squeeze a profit out of their mediocre products. American movies, as a result, lack meaningful dialogue -- which increases the cost of subtitiling -- and lean heavily on special effects. Think Shrek.

To find a movie that appeals to anyone with a brain cell or two, Americans like me turn to foreign films, documentaries and the "indie" movie circuit. The low budget independent films are the cinema of yesteryear, engaging the audience with wacky characters and stimulating, whitty dialogue. Think Pulp Fiction.

Little Miss Sunshine is the latest gem of the indie smorgasbord. It is a hilarious story about the dysfunctional Hoover family's road trip from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Southern California to take their seven-year-old daughter to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. From the father who is a self-help speaker to the grandfather who snorts coke and chides the teenage grandson for being a virgin, it is a family that will make you cry laughing.

Go see this movie.


At 1:55 PM, September 24, 2006 , Blogger skip sievert said...

I pretty much just go to see zombie movies the last few years, like spin off ones of Night of the Living Dead. That type of movie seems more meaningful as a cultural indicator to me.
You know , the hold outs at the shopping mall, making a run for weapons and ammo and food, and then fighting their way out to the next place.
I don`t think this movie would be my speed , but thanks anyway.

At 9:22 AM, September 25, 2006 , Blogger Chris said...

Cool! I'll check it out!

A few I've run across recently...

Schultze Gets the Blues (German) -

The Story of the Weeping Camel (Mongolian) -

At 10:10 AM, September 25, 2006 , Blogger LNaranjoiv said...

sounds like a ' chic flick '.
Besides, hollywood makes crap movies. INDOOR theaters only show ONE< and drive ins are on the outs.

So, for nearly 20.00?? I"d rather stay home and wait for it on DVD.

At 10:54 AM, September 25, 2006 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

I haven't seen a movie inside a theater in about a year. I have a baby son, so that's a factor, but it's also that none of the movies appeal to me. I couldn't tell you the name of any movie out right now.

I do like the Indy's though, on video.

At 2:55 PM, September 25, 2006 , Blogger Chris said...

We've been married for over six years, my wife and I, and we've only been to two movies in that time. It's just too expensive! We rent videos. (I did a minor rant on my blog on this issue a few days ago.)

Generally, I like cartoons. They're better written than regular movies.

At 10:12 AM, September 28, 2006 , Blogger Brent said...

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At 10:13 AM, September 28, 2006 , Blogger Brent said...

I, too, feared this would be a chick flick. But "Little Miss Sunshine" is anything but, and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the film.

At 2:20 AM, October 02, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this movie during its opening weekend back in July. I have been raving about this flick for months now. It's actually my fave movie of 2006. I'm so glad others are spreading the word too. The box office numbers have been inching up slowly. But week after week, it's in the top 10. I tell you what...if this movie doesn't receive Oscar noms for both best film AND in any of the performance categories, I am going to be a one-person RIOT. Loved this film!

At 10:57 PM, October 03, 2006 , Blogger Mr. Wilson said...

i must be a chick...

little miss sunshine was a pretty good of the better road movies i have ever seen in my life...i am mad at alan arkin for stealing my idea of becoming a heroin addict after my body starts failing me...

so since we actually agree on a movie...what do you think of that roots CD?

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