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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
Robert Altman's Last Hurrah
I will admit, I was a little confused the first time I saw this movie. I am a huge fan of both Robert Altman and Prairie Home Companion, but the movie was not what I was expecting. However, what I didn't realize when I saw it the first time (nor could have, as Robert Altman was still alive), is that this movie is more about Robert Altman's take on aging and death than A Prairie Home Companion.
That being said, A Prairie Home Companion, the actual radio show, is a perfect medium for a meditation on death and a farewell to one's fans. The weekly radio show ranges from hysterical to contemplative, and the natural, slow rhythm of both the show and the film provide ample time for reflection on all ends, with plenty of belly laughs in-between. And of course, Garrison Keillor's voice and demeanor lend themselves easily to waxing philosophical about anything, from duct tape to religion. The comedy in this film is sometimes subtle and sometimes quick, like many of Altman's ensemble pieces, so you really have to listen.
So, once I realized that this film may be Robert Altman himself reflecting on the end of his own life, subsequent viewings (which I highly recommend) have only provided deeper insight and further enjoyment. And, the music and characters are terrific.
Veronica Mars (2004)
This is the only show I watch on television.
So, in our busy times and busy lives, I rarely have time to sit down to watch a TV show consistently. However, once I got sucked into Veronica Mars during season one, I rarely miss an episode. I currently can't wait for a new one. It's one of the only shows I can find on network TV (I don't have cable) that consistently has good writing, good acting, and appeals to people in young adult TV watching crowd without dumbing down any material. It's smart, funny, sexy, and totally addictive. The characters have great chemistry on screen and it's a fantastic show to watch with a group so you can yell at the television whenever someone's in trouble. I love it and will continue to love it until it's gone. Then I will buy the DVDs and love it some more.