Sunday, September 3, 2006

Invincible & Little Miss Sunshine

Lms_poster Lately we've seen two good movies:  Invincible (*** Good) and Little Miss Sunshine (*** Good).  Invincible was a feel good movie:  the good guy gets a break and does well.  Worth cheering for.   Little Miss Sunshine was smarter and funny.  I recommend them both for theater viewing.

Quoting the NY Times:

tells the true story of Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg), a 30-year-old
substitute teacher and part-time bartender who, in 1976, was signed to
play for the struggling Philadelphia Eagles. Battling inexperience,
hostile teammates and an excess of slow-motion photography, Vince is
soon being pummeled in summer training and body-slammed in a losing
game against the Dallas Cowboys. As Jackson Browne mopes on the
soundtrack and the football fans wilt in the stands, Vince�s embittered
dad, Frank (Kevin Conway), cautions against optimism. �A man can only
take so much failure,� he warns. While Disney piles on the uplift, the
director and cinematographer, Ericson Core, counters the story�s
predictably inspirational trajectory with close attention to historical
detail and blue-collar hardship. � Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York

... and

A bittersweet comedy of dysfunction, �Little Miss Sunshine� tells a
tale about genuine faith and manufactured glory that unwinds in the
American Southwest, but more rightly takes place at the terminus of the
American dream, where families are one bad break away from bankruptcy.

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