Monthly Archives: November 2006
I went and saw “For Your Consideration” on Sunday. It was absolutely a great return to form for Christopher Guest after the disappointing “A Mighty Wind”, and was a very fresh film that really didn’t hold back. The story that unfolds is the one of the cast of a new film titled “Home For Purim”, a small arthouse drama set in the South in a old Jewish home. Catherine O’Hara plays the “past her prime” actress who in the film within the film is playing the dying mother. This is her movie. She was perfect in “Waiting for Guffman” but this film is her best work I’ve ever seen. At one point in the film she “undergoes” a facelift, but I read in a magazine that she actually made her face look like without the use of botox or any other doctoring. She herself should be nominated for an Oscar for this brilliant portrayal.
Anyways, the rest of the cast is stellar. Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, and Chris Moynihan play her castmates and all but the latter find themselves in the midst of some real Oscar buzz. That’s the basic point of the film, to satirize all the ridiculousness of the Oscar season (ALL of which I am a whore) and it really catches all of it. John Michael Higgins STEALS the show as a publicist who is absolutely oblivious to the new technologies of the world and always has to point out that he is 1/8 Choktaw. He just keeps getting better and better and his character on “Arrested Development”, Wayne Jarvis, is also a riotous scene stealer. It’s hilariousness at its best. Christopher Guest, who directed “Waiting for Guffman”, “Best in Show”, and the already mentioned “A Mighty Wind”, starred in the film, ironically as the director of the film within the film (his portrayal of the Jewish director trying to inspire his actors is glorious). Instead of treating this film as a mockumentary, like his previous, genius works, he created a satirical storyline that flows very clearly and without limitations of hilarity. Jane Lynch and Fred Willard were brilliant as “Entertainment Tonight”-esque hosts who don’t hold back with the questions, even when the questions have nothing to do with the film itself. By the way, Ricky Gervais ROCKED this movie. I can’t even comprehend how happy I was to see him. I don’t care if he always sounds like the Brentmeister General, he will always be hilarious to me.
While this film is not as good as “Waiting for Guffman” or “Best in Show”, it is a close third that achieves the goal and isn’t embarrassingly boring like “A Mighty Wind.” Christopher Guest is a legend to me, a living legend, and can really do no wrong when it comes to film. If he decides to make another “all-improv” style film, I will be there with bells and whistles to see it as soon as it comes my way.
BEST QUOTE: “Man, that posters got disembodied heads. That’s scary!”
There are few times that I get so giddy that people question my sexuality. Sure, I’ve gotten close many times, especially when I see something with Paul Dinello or a young Paul Giamatti. Anyways, I am one of the most intense Beatles fans you could ever know. I have more Beatles stuff than most “fans” I know and I work very hard at being a true fan.
“Love” is the brainchild of George Harrison, Cirque du Soleil, and most importantly George and Giles Martin. It has now been a highly successful show in Vegas for a few months and is something that I, living on the East Coast, may only see if luck passes my way. George Harrison was a fan of Cirque du Soleil and its founder Guy Laliberte was a personal friend. They collaborated, asked George Martin to compose/mix the music of the Beatles to create a show incorporating their music with Cirque du Soleil.
The resulting soundtrack that was released today is spectacular and so far the best album of the year with no questions. George Martin captured the essential feeling that the Beatles were all about. Listening to the CD as such a huge fan is one of the best Beatles experiences I’ve ever had and my giddyness was unbelievable. The best track is definitely “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” but other greats are “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Octopus’s Garden”, “Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite”, and even “Drive my Car.” I am unable to stop listening to it. It is a must have for a huge fan, but if you are interested in it, you should listen to all the original versions of every track on the album because it makes it so much better. Giles and George Martin have created something so intensely up to par and appropriate to the work that they are using.
On another note, I’m watching Slither right now and I’m creeped out beyond comprehension. I love it.