Little Miss Sunshine

So L and I went to see Little Miss Sunshine last night.

You might call it a date, of sorts, even, that we went on. Food was consumed, that’s for sure. At any rate, we went to the 7pm showing and on the way we wandered into Longs for candy and I ran into an old coworker, A. A’s a cool cat. He was one of the few who kept me sane, and I’m glad to see he’s doing well. Someday he’s going to be a metal god and I can say I knew him when. When, right now, happens to be working at Longs. But he seems down with his scene. I should give him a call sometime. I always lose touch with people I like and then I’m sad when I run into them later.

So anyway. We went to see this movie, man, and it rocked.

I’ve been in an odd mood these last few weeks, brought on by a lot of things, and somehow this movie was just what I needed. It’s the second best movie I’ve seen this year, after V for Vendetta, and I loved it immensely, though in an entirely different way. I almost feel as though I went through some cathartic experience over the course of the film, somehow learning something about myself. Maybe that’s just the food coma talking, though.

At certain points I laughed so hard that I feared for the state of my underwear, and other points made me abjectly sad. It’s on my list of favourite movies now. It’s hard for me to qualify what makes a movie amazing…it just is, and I grasp for words to describe why the film is good. But all of my readers who haven’t seen Little Miss Sunshine should. Go. I’ll wait, and then we can talk about it.

The movie is about…well, it’s about a lot of things. But put simply, it’s about a dysfunctional family, a road trip, and all the things that happen. But something about it was dazzlingly well executed. The cinematography was superb, haunting at parts, and simple yet effective in others. It complemented the film without being obtrusive. The dialogue was believable and well written, and the characters were strong. They stood like ordinary people with a slight tint of insanity, like so many people. As a whole, they came together beautifully.

My favourite characters were the foremost authority on Proust and the disaffected teenager who takes a vow of silence. I loved following them through the movie, and the Proust scholar reminded me very much of Riche Tenenbaum. I’ve been considering a vow of (spoken) silence, and it was interesting to see it portrayed on film. The moment when his silence is broken is also extremely powerful–Paul Dano is an amazing actor. I will admit to having a small crush on him now.

Also, something which has never happened to me happened during the previews. Watching them, I realized that I wanted to see every one of the movies previewed. I was excited about them, and am now eagerly looking forward to the releases of Fast Food Nation, US vs John Lennon, and The Last King of Scotland very much. I wonder how many of them will actually appear in Fort Bragg.

I’m also looking forward to Death of a President, but I don’t know if it will ever be shown in the United States. It’s a pity, because it seems like a good movie about a hypothetical situation which could have immense consequences for the entire world. I may have to travel to Europe to see it, though.

Ah, movies.

Afterwards, we went to Headlands where L had an oh so healthy mint tea and water while I nursed a Scrimshaw. I am a little bit alarmed by the fondness for beer I appear to be developing. I’m also still a bit apprehensive about the Headlands hand over, which I know is going to happen very, very soon. Change is a fearful thing.

[Little Miss Sunshine]