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Little Miss Sunshine (4 stars)

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Little Miss Sunshine imageConvinced their little Olive (Abigail Breslin) is beauty queen material, parents Richard (Greg Kinnear) and Sheryl (Toni Collette) and the rest of the family embark on a life-altering road trip to a pageant in this madcap comedy. Struggling motivational speaker Richard pushes Olive to win, while her silent brother (Paul Dano), depressed uncle (Steve Carell) and nursing-home reject grandpa (Alan Arkin) add their own quirks to the mix.

Geoff’s Comments: Although the closing was outlandish, this had some laugh out loud moments and the family puts the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional.

[ rent Little Miss Sunshine via netflix.com ]

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08/31/2006 at 9:04 pm

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Little Miss Sunshine (4 stars)

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Little Miss Sunshine imageConvinced their little Olive (Abigail Breslin) is beauty queen material, parents Richard (Greg Kinnear) and Sheryl (Toni Collette) and the rest of the family embark on a life-altering road trip to a pageant in this madcap comedy. Struggling motivational speaker Richard pushes Olive to win, while her silent brother (Paul Dano), depressed uncle (Steve Carell) and nursing-home reject grandpa (Alan Arkin) add their own quirks to the mix.

Geoff’s Comments: Although the closing was outlandish, this had some laugh out loud moments and the family puts the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional.

[ rent Little Miss Sunshine via netflix.com ]

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08/31/2006 at 9:04 pm

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The Next 24

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When the twins turned one, I’d become accustom to sleep deprivation, and used those night time hours to create “The 1st 21 Months”, a Movie documenting the journey that led up to their first birthday. When they turned 2, we’d moved, taken a new job, bought a new house, and were at the heights of stress. So in filmmaker terms, the project was shelved. Today, 08/26/06, they turn 3. Two days ago, I got that typical, creative, ‘wild hair up my butt’, so to speak, and made an aggressive effort (two very late nights/early mornings) to make up for the missed year, and encompass the last one as well. Thus the title,” The Next 24“.

As it says in the end… to be continued…

Watch “The Next 24”

NOTE: This is password protected. User Name = my son’s first name [formal], Password = my daughter’s first name. Both lowercase.

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08/26/2006 at 8:11 am

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The God Who Wasn’t There (3 stars)

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The God Who Wasn't There imageBorrowing the lively approach of documentaries such as Fahrenheit 9/11 and Super Size Me, ex-Christian fundamentalist Brian Flemming‘s exposé shines an unflinching spotlight on Christianity and the existence of Christ. Flemming interviews religious experts and Christians of varying backgrounds, ultimately asserting that Jesus Christ is more than likely a fictional character based on legend and that Christian doctrine is rife with contradiction.

Geoff’s Comments: OK, those that know me understand that a film of this nature is preaching my own gospel. That being said, and without going into a litany of details that completely shatter the myths around the foundations of the religion, the approach behind this documentary was a bit too condescending and patronizing, a tactic that I think could ultimately turn a viewer away, based on their subconscious reaction and offense, ultimately losing an opportunity to show facts in a clear and simple fashion, without so directly confronting the absurdity behind the beliefs. Of course that’s just my opinion… I may burn in hell. :-/

[ rent The God Who Wasn’t There via netflix.com ]

[ View the trailer online ]

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08/25/2006 at 7:07 am

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The God Who Wasn’t There (3 stars)

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The God Who Wasn't There imageBorrowing the lively approach of documentaries such as Fahrenheit 9/11 and Super Size Me, ex-Christian fundamentalist Brian Flemming‘s exposé shines an unflinching spotlight on Christianity and the existence of Christ. Flemming interviews religious experts and Christians of varying backgrounds, ultimately asserting that Jesus Christ is more than likely a fictional character based on legend and that Christian doctrine is rife with contradiction.

Geoff’s Comments: OK, those that know me understand that a film of this nature is preaching my own gospel. That being said, and without going into a litany of details that completely shatter the myths around the foundations of the religion, the approach behind this documentary was a bit too condescending and patronizing, a tactic that I think could ultimately turn a viewer away, based on their subconscious reaction and offense, ultimately losing an opportunity to show facts in a clear and simple fashion, without so directly confronting the absurdity behind the beliefs. Of course that’s just my opinion… I may burn in hell. :-/

[ rent The God Who Wasn’t There via netflix.com ]

[ View the trailer online ]

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08/25/2006 at 7:07 am

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Do Psychics Run In The Family?

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When I came home this evening and, talking to my wife, relayed the details around my conversation with my mother and learning of my father having been a twin, something pretty wild happened. When I told her what his sister’s name was, she gasped, stepped back and had goose bumps raise on her arms. She explained to me that just yesterday, while watching our daughter playing in the park, she suddenly thought, regarding her name, “she’d have been a good ‘Amelia'”! She even said she ran the name repeatedly through her head… “Amelia Mitchell”… “Amelia Mitchell”… “Amelia Mitchell”… pretty freaky. Makes you wonder about the timing and coincidence.

By the way, we’ll be open for palm readings this weekend, and all forms of payment will be accepted.

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08/24/2006 at 7:02 pm

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… and a GPS Chip In Every Child

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Today’s work day was interrupted by a phone call from my wife, in a state of sheer panic, over the disappearance of our son at the ‘Children’s Discovery Museum’. He’d disappeared by the entrance, was no where to be seen inside, and did not respond to her repeated efforts to locate him. He was not outside either.

I was on my way within 60 seconds, the only thing going faster then my heart were the wheels of my car.
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08/24/2006 at 2:37 pm

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