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Clerks II (2006)
Crazy, raunchy and yet, one of the coolest films of 2006.
The original Clerks is one of my all-time favorite comedies but it's also a film that represents that time period for people who are now probably in their late 20s and early 30s.
Kevin Smith didn't just bring back these characters after 12 years to tell a few jokes. Randall's character has a genuine, believable problem. Behind his sick, demented personality, he is holding onto something.
Obviously, working at a Quick Stop or fast-food joint you're whole life is taking it to the extreme but I get the idea.
This movie has a lot of heart. Perfect song choice for the final scene too.
Lady in the Water (2006)
Strange plot, powerful message
M. Night should be well aware by now that his films are not going to be received by everyone in the same way. You simply have a lot of people who struggle with an unconventional story full of twists and hidden meanings, the ones that don't go straight from point A to point B.
If you're not a fan of Shyamalan or any of these types of films, don't bother. And truthfully, don't bother reviewing the film even if it's your job because all it does is show your lack of versatility as a film reviewer.
Lady in the Water is a fascinating film. It's a fantasy, a mystery, a drama, a comedy, it's a lot thrown at you. But don't let that fool you. Shyamalan uses strange creatures because he's creative but remember, not everything is as it seems. The characters in The Cove are much like all of us. Here in the world but we didn't make us so we can't possibly know why.
Rick Warren touches on the same subject in the book "A Purprose Driven Life." It probably isn't by design but in a strange way, Shyamalan is on the same track here.
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
Fantastic collaboration of music, comedy and drama
I knew very little about A Prairie Home Companion going in but the movie version is a special treat, one of the best films of the year so far.
It moves a little bit slow and it's an old-fashion style, so this movie is much more for an older audience than a pop culture crowd. It's not non-stop laughs but there are some amusing scenes throughout and the songs are excellent, including a sentimental rendition of "Red River Valley" as the show ends.
Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep I felt gave the best performances but overall, everyone in this ensemble cast does a great job.
Aside from the music and comedy, there is something else that develops that makes it a more original and memorable movie experience.
If you're like me and can watch all different kinds of films I think you'll come away impressed by Robert Altman's film.
I give it an A.