| Moonlight, America's Most Smartest Model, A Shot at Love, Sideways, I <3 Huckabees, Monsoon Wedding
||[Oct. 15th, 2007|11:06 am]
Good job using a MOTW to lay down the show’s vamp theory/mythology. The eye candy’s still quite nice and I’m still enjoying this show a lot.
Imagine my joy when I discovered Slavco from Kept and Ben Stein on the same show. Trashy television simply does not get any better! The show?
America’s Most Smartest Model
Oh gods above, where do I begin?! This show is riotously hilarious. Sadly, Slavco was booted in the first episode, mainly due to his being such a famewhore. Despite that, the second episode was even funnier than the first. And there’s even some very nice male eye candy to enjoy.
Some of my favorite parts:
- A spelling bee in which the contestants were required to spell words that pertained to fashion and in which almost none of the contestants were able to spell the names of famous designers.
- Locks on the bathroom and refrigerator doors with codes that require the contestants to figure out the answer to a question before they can be opened. (The first was the year Columbus arrived in America. Another was a long Roman numeral.)
-balloons, tires, cherries, balls, balloons, tires, cherries, balls ... I just can’t explain that one. You kind of had to see it.
- Andre, the delusional Russian, Mandy Lynn the playboy/lingerie model with her rather unfortunate implants in various places, Gaston the sleeze (also booted - boo)!
- Lots and lots of very attractive men - VJ, Brett, Daniel rawwwwr.
- Some of these people actually are at least somewhat intelligent. There are at least two working on graduate degrees and several with undergrad degrees.
My one quibble – Ben Stein is sometimes wrong and he really ought to admit it when he is. Fortunately, the show’s editors make just as much fun of him when he’s wrong as it does of the models. Their immediate cut to a picture of an umbrella tree after he declared there is no such thing was priceless. And he did the “Anyone? .... Anyone?” thing. Hee!
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
Well, this one was inevitable, wasn’t it? We’ve done umpty jillion versions of The Bachelor, and VH-1 has managed to put some rather awesome trashy spins on them, so now they’ve finally made a version that pits men against women in a race for Myspace Uber Icon and “Entertainer” Tila Tequila’s heart. Bwahahahahaha!
I’m not sure what to say about the show itself. It’s predictable trashy fun. I did think she cut a few I wouldn’t have in the first show, but then taste is subjective. I doubt I’ll get really hooked on it, but it’s worth catching on one of its many weekend repeats, just for something to laugh at.
Two middle aged men on a road trip through California’s wine country the week before one of them marries. This movie is infuriating and funny in turns and sometimes both at the same time. The movie is almost completely focused on the four main characters, and the actors playing them all do a great job. It’s mostly a character piece, and the plot is suitably simple enough to let the characters take the movie where it needs to go. What makes this movie work so well is that these characters are so real, so human that even when you’re annoyed with them you can’t help but care for them.
I Heart Huckabees
I think I was not supposed to like this movie according to the critics.
Phooey on them. I liked it. In fact, I thought parts of it were comedy genius. Sure, it got a little too in love with itself in places, but for the most part it’s exactly the kind of quirky comedy and parody that I love. And you can tell how much fun everyone had making it. The reviews are all either 10 stars or one, which doesn’t really surprise me. You either get that this film is mocking pseudo-intellectuals or you don’t get it and think they are pseudo-intellectuals. The cast is excellent and they’re all in on the joke and again, obviously had a blast making the thing. It’s well worth renting, just know you’re not supposed to take it seriously on any level.
Lots of sweet love stories rolled into one gentle, enjoyable movie. My favorite was the story between Dubey and Alice, which I thought was absolutely adorable, but they were all good. Monsoon Wedding is a fairytale, though, and things turn out much too well to be realistic but that doesn’t make the movie any less enjoyable. It’s almost impossible for the viewer not to fall in love with this family as a whole and with Ms. Nair’s use of color and music and I highly recommend this movie as a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
I didn’t get to The Life Aquatic, but hopefully will on Tuesday. After that – it’s October. I re-ordered my queue so that I’ve got mostly scary movies coming up (though I do have Princess Mononoke in there somewhere). Next up is Event Horizon which I’ve read here and there is very scary.