So rare. The weekend where you catch two movies, and they're both pretty damn good -- hell one ties Thank You for Smoking for my favorite of the year.
The Descent: I am mildly claustrophobic. There were times in this lean, nasty little horror film that I genuinely felt like puking from anxiety. And that was before the ... bad things happen. Women kicking ass, not being victims. Very recommended.
Little Miss Sunshine: If you'd told me five years ago that I would revel in the sheer joy of seeing Greg Kinnear and Steve Carrell act together, I'd have taken away your bong. This may be one of those movies that there's less to than I initially think because of the warm feelings it generates, cut with a helluva lot of sheer shot-craft and acting, but damn. A wonderful example of what you can do at this price range. And their DP and Location Manager should get a big wet kiss on the mouth. Highly recommended.
As recommendations without context are useless, a quick look at my top picks for 2006 so far. In no particular order:
-- Thank You for Smoking
-- An Inconvenient Truth
-- Little Miss Sunshine
-- The Descent
-- Slither (fuck you. I say SLITHER!)
-- Kid's Category: Monster House
I hold reserve on Superman Returns until the end of the year for personal reasons, and a few others I didn't catch on the big screen. Jesus, no wonder I'm in this weird "I want to do smaller movies" phase of my career. Either my tastes have shifted, or the movies have shifted my tastes for me ...