Monthly Archives: December 2006

The Science of Feet

One of my heroes, Michel Gondry, doing a Rubik’s Cube with his feet. IN-tense.

Thank you.

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Review: The 4 Alternate Endings on the Little Miss Sunshine DVD

I sent this review over to Ain’t It Cool News. They haven’t replied to me yet, but I did send it last night and they are probably always flooded with emails. Well, if they do or do not read it, reply to it, or even post it… I’m going to give you what I gave them. Hope you enjoy the review:

Firstly, I love Little Miss Sunshine. In my opinion, it is the best film of 2006 with little competition. Well I got a chance to watch the 4 alternate endings offered on the DVD. I was excited about this because there were no deleted scenes and I just wanted MORE Little Miss Sunshine. Well… they’re ridiculous. Fox Searchlight or whoever is distributing/advertising the disc is misleading the public into being excited about these “fun” alternate endings. They leave you with the feeling of…”oh… that’s it?”

On the DVD you have a chance of watching all 4 with or without commentary. I started watching without commentary and on the first one, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton commentate anyways mostly because the first alternate ending would be totally confusing without an explanation. I’ll let that slide, because they rocked my socks with their direction of this film and they are both totally adorable. The last three endings are very similar. In the second scene we just see them leaving the hotel after speaking to the cop and it is very uneventful. In the third we see the Hoovers escaping from the pagaent after the cop tells them never to compete in a beauty pagaent in the state of California ever again, with trophy in hand. It’s cute and funny and I laughed a little bit and waited for the next one. The third is exactly the same but with random pauses containing subtitles that explain what is going on in the scene. They add nothing to the film, or the DVD.

I was quite unimpressed by these and the content on the DVD. I hope that the commentary is good, I love a good commentary (The commentary on 2004’s Sideways is amazing). Such a GREAT film needs something for me to look forward to and not just this crap.

There you go, world.

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AFI Best of ’06 List Released….

Well here they are, one of the most important “best of” lists for films AND television. I’m very happy to see a lot of these films and shows on this list especially Heroes, LMS, United 93, The Office, and Borat. Here’s the rest:

AFI AWARDS 2006

  • AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR-OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

    BABEL

    BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN

    THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

    DREAMGIRLS

    HALF NELSON

    HAPPY FEET

    INSIDE MAN

    LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA

    LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

    UNITED 93

  • AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR-OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

    BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

    DEXTER

    ELIZABETH I

    FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

    HEROES

    THE OFFICE

    SOUTH PARK

    24

    THE WEST WING

    THE WIRE

  • Official Site and Source

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    More Love

    Again, I loved The Beatles new album “Love.” Someone made this amazing mash-up, and it’s perfect.

    Well, enjoy. Watch Heroes. And give me money.

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    WAIT, another trailer for another mistake

    You have got to be kidding me. Was anyone actually asking for this? Anyone? I think even British people don’t give a shit about Mr. Bean anymore. Whatever.

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    Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

    I love the Independent Spirit Awards. No other awards ceremonies exist in which Richard Kind and Peter Gallagher sing songs about indie flicks. I’m pretty happy with the noms although I’m not happy with the omission of Steve Carell in Little Miss Sunshine and any Strangers With Candy noms. But, they did recognize a lot of good stuff, and a lot of stuff that I will be compelled to watch now that I see them and am completely oblivious of their existence. I’ve been a bad boy. Visit the site here!

    Best Feature:

    “American Gun”
    “The Dead Girl”
    “Half Nelson”
    “Little Miss Sunshine”
    “Pan’s Labyrinth”

    Best Director:

    Robert Altman, “A Prairie Home Companion”
    Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, “Little Miss Sunshine”
    Ryan Fleck, “Half Nelson”
    Karen Moncrieff, “The Dead Girl”
    Steven Soderbergh, “Bubble”

    Best First Feature:

    “Day Night Day Night”
    “Man Push Cart”
    “The Motel”
    “Sweet Land”
    “Wristcutters: A Love Story”

    Best Documentary:

    “A Lion in the House”
    “My Country, My Country”
    “The Road to Guantanamo”
    “The Trials of Darryl Hunt”
    “You’re Gonna Miss Me”

    Best Foreign Film:

    “12:08 East of Bucharest”
    “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros”
    “Chronicle of an Escape”
    “Days of Glory”
    “The Lives of Others”

    Best Female Lead:

    Shareeka Epps, “Half Nelson”
    Catherine O’Hara, “For Your Consideration”
    Elizabeth Reaser, “Sweet Land”
    Michelle Williams, “Land of Plenty”
    Robin Wright Penn, “Sorry, Haters”

    Best Male Lead:

    Aaron Eckhart, “Thank You For Smoking”
    Ryan Gosling, “Half Nelson”
    Edward Norton, “The Painted Veil”
    Ahmad Razvi, “Man Push Cart”
    Forest Whitaker, “American Gun”

    Best Supporting Female:

    Melonie Diaz, “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”
    Marcia Gay Harden, “American Gun”
    Mary Beth Hurt, “The Dead Girl”
    Frances McDormand, “Friends With Money”
    Amber Tamblyn, “Stephanie Daley”

    Best Supporting Male:

    Alan Arkin, “Little Miss Sunshine”
    Raymond J. Barry, “Steel City”
    Daniel Craig, “Infamous”
    Paul Dano, “Little Miss Sunshine”
    Channing Tatum, “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”

    Best Screenplay:

    Neil Burger, “The Illusionist”
    Nicole Holofcener, “Friends with Money”
    Ron Nyswaner, “The Painted Veil”
    Jason Reitman, “Thank You For Smoking”
    Jeff Stanzler, “Sorry, Haters”

    Best First Screenplay:

    Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, “Half Nelson”
    Michael Arndt, “Little Miss Sunshine”
    Goran Dukic, “Wristcutters: A Love Story”
    Dito Montiel, “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”
    Gabrielle Zevin, “Conversations with Other Women”

    Best Cinematography:

    Arin Crumley, “Four Eyed Monsters”
    Anthony Dod Mantle, “Brothers of the Head”
    Guillermo Navarro, “Pan’s Labyrinth”
    Aaron Platt, “Wild Tigers I Have Known”
    Michael Simmonds, “Man Push Cart”

    Someone to Watch Award:

    So Yong Kim, “In Between Days”
    Julia Loktev, “Day Night Day Night”
    Richard Wong, “Colma: The Musical”

    John Cassavetes Award:

    “Chalk”
    “Four Eyed Monsters”
    “Old Joy”
    “QuinceaƱera”
    “Twelve and Holding”

    Truer Than Fiction Award:

    AJ Schnack, “Kurt Cobain: About a Son”
    Adele Horne, “The Tailenders”
    Eric Daniel Metzgar, “The Chances of the World Changing”

    Producers Award:

    Julie Lynn, “Nine Lives,” “10 Items or Less”
    Alex Orlovsky and Jamie Patricof, “Half Nelson,” “Point&Shoot”
    Howard Gertler and Tim Perell, “Shortbus,” “Pizza”

    Special Distinction:

    David Lynch, Laura Dern, “Inland Empire”


    Above is my pick for Best Feature…. by far. Around the time the awards come around I’m thinking about giving the rest of my picks. Till then, I’ll be back in a shortly.

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