See that? See what I did there, combining two movie titles like that? Clever, I know. And maybe slightly dirty, too, if your mind wanders down those types of alleyways. That's why they pay me the big bucks.
So Alissa and I saw Little Miss Sunshine Saturday night. First off, the theatre was packed. I was really surprised. It was a very impressive audience for a little indie flick that, a month ago, no one had ever heard of. Secondly, the movie is hilarious. Go see it. It puts your dysfunctional family to shame. How do I know? Because it puts my dysfunctional family to shame.
The movie is about a family that goes on a road trip so that the 7-year-old daughter can compete in a beauty pageant in California. The family includes the wannabe-self-help-guru father, near-the-breaking-point mother, heroin-addicted grandfather, voluntarily-mute-until-he-joins-the-Air-Force son, suicidal-Proust-scholar uncle (Steve Carell has never been better), and the aforementioned beauty-pageant-entering daughter. If that's not a recipe for comedy, then I don't know what is.
Seriously. See the movie. You can thank me later.
Also, I watched Kiss Kiss Bang Bang tonight, the quirky crime noir caper written and directed by the king of '80s action flicks, Shane Black.
Starring Val Kilmer and Robert Downey, Jr., Bang Bang takes everything you know or think you know about the action movie, the noir movie, and deliciously serves it up to you, albeit slightly askew, as if you were slipped a mickey before the film begins.
It might be one of my new favorite movies, along with Sunshine. Not quite top five. Hell, maybe not even top 10, but I like a lot of movies, so take that for what it's worth. It's a great, funny, slightly insane movie, but that's all part of its charm. Highly recommended.