8/31/2006

Little Miss Bang Bang

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.

3 comments:

Alissa said...

I must agree on both movies. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard at a movie. Makes me feel better about my family. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was another good one, not sure I would put it on any of my top movie lists, (I have gotten much pickier after all the movies I have seen in the last few years) but it is way better than most of the crap being put out lately and definitely worth watching.

raptorpack said...

I loved Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang.

Perry: Look up idiot in the dictionary. You know what you'll find?

Harry: A picture of me?

Perry: No! The definition of idiot. Which you fucking are!

and

Perry: [on the phone with Harmony] I shot him with a small revolver I keep near my balls.

looksy said...

Little Miss Bang Bang worked out work well for a title, no matter how porn-star-ish it sounds.

Other combos would not have made as much sense: Pirates on a Plane, How to Eat Superman, Snakes on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown... See?