Film: Little Miss Sunshine; Trailers: The Motel; Death of an iPod!

Little Miss Sushine (2006, dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris)

It borders indie cliche but manages to come out on top as the first R-rated family film I can think of. The characters are dysfunctional to absurdity. Richard (Greg Kinnear) is the matriarch of the clan and the promoter of a 9-step self help program he can’t seem to get published, Dwayne (Paul Dano) is the teenage son obsessed with Nietzsche and has taken a vow of slience until he is admitted into the airforce pilot program, Sheryl (Toni Colette) is trying to keep her family from combusting, Frank (Steve Carrell) is Sheryl’s brother and suicidal Proust scholar, and Grandpa (Alan Arkin) is a heroin-snorting, porn-addicted sex fiend. In the midst of the mess is Olive (Abigail Breslin), the most sincere of the clan and fixiated on becoming a beauty queen. She recieves a call telling her the winner at a recent pageant where Olive was the runner up has been disqualified and now Olive can compete at the illustrious Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Rodondo Beach, California. The family packs up in a broken down old VW bus and begins the trek

little miss sunshine

In essence, the film is another take on the National Lampoon Vacation concept. Despite the films R-rated content (drug use, some pretty detailed sexual talk on the part of Grandpa, and some brief glimpses of porn) it comes off as a very genuine and touching family film.

The soundtrack is a major highlight of the film and joins Garden State as a film soundtrack that sounds like mix CD I might make. There’s “Chicago” by Sufjan Stevens but the rest of the score are variations on DeVotchka’s “How it Ends”. Its a very unique way of writing a score, basing it all off of a previously released indie pop song.

Overall, a fun film. It won’t change the face of cinema but it delivers exactly what it promises; a funny quirky indie comedy just right for the movie doldrums that hit in August.

Trailer: The Motel

Looks to be a cool little indie film.

Farewell to an iPod

dead ipodYesterday morning, I found my iPod no longer working properly. The hard drive would try to spin, making a pretty awful noise, and spin down. It wouldn’t load up when plugged into the computer. Returning home in the afternoon, I found the image of an iPod with x-ed out eyes and frown. So, I bid farewell to the iPod that provided me with so many hours of enjoyment. That made two flight (TN to WA, WA to OH).

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring.
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red!
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

– Walt Whitman


~ by Seth on August 30, 2006.

2 Responses to “Film: Little Miss Sunshine; Trailers: The Motel; Death of an iPod!”

  1. Ha! I read that poem a short while ago.

    As for the iPod. . . i’m sorry. does it have a warranty?

  2. Thanks for information.
    many interesting things

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