Jill and For Your Consideration

Post Script to yesterday’s post. I had a marvelous time talking to Jill for well over four hours during and after working on ProCPR. That truly was a great conversation. Not only was it full of substance, but it felt like we both really learned something from it, and there was growth there as we spoke and she decidedly told me that CSI is the best show ever. I’ve never seen CSI, but I have seen The X-Files. Don’t know what that means, but I’m sure it’s cool.

Oh and before I forget, as in the last post, be funny or don’t be funny, but funny is cooler.

And last but not least on my radar to inform you of something really quite cool. Christopher Guest is the man behind such mockumentaries as Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, and my favorite: A Mighty Wind. Well, I’ve just read about the next one, and I’m excited to see how it works. Pat has a big idea for one that would be hilarious to do.. maybe one day.

Here’s what they’re doing next:

Instead Ricky Gervais will… get this for coolness… be taking a role alongside ‘The Christopher Guest Players’ in Guest’s upcoming film For Your Consideration. How brilliant? The man who took the mockumentary made famous by Guest and co and ran with it to new heights of success is starring in what is said to be the master of the sub-genre’s last ‘mockumentary’ feature.

Details of the project are said to be closely guarded but rumour has it, it will involve a documentary crew following an actor and his “entourage” from the point of completing a movie right up to his campaigning to win an Academy Award for said role, despite the fact that it wasn’t a worthy performance.(FilmRot.com)

Some of the best DVDs of 2004

A Mighty Wind is a fine and funny movie. It’s really impressive that the whole thing is improved.

The Shawshank Redemption should be available on DVD this year, but hasn’t been announced yet, as far as I know. Sure, I own it on DVD already, but I’m talking about the 10 year anniversary edition, featuring a ton of special features and an audio commentary with the Writer/Director Frank Darabont. As this is one of my favorite movies, I’ll be purchasing this edition as soon as it’s available.

As far as DVDs go, this is a great year for DVD:

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – The theatrical cut, clocking in at 3 hours and 17 minutes, was the best movie released in 2003. Period. This was an incredible adventure with an ending that destroys the endings of all movies that I’ve seen previous to this.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Special Extended DVD Edition – At 4 hours 10 minutes, this should make Return of the King the best in the trilogy, as well as give it more of an emotional oomph.

The Shawshank Redemption – Special Edition – One of the best movies ever made. Get it when it comes out.

The Star Wars Trilogy – Finally.

The Matrix Revolutions – The most misunderstood movie of 2003. Brilliant.

Big Fish – The most understated film of 2003, one of my favorites.

The Iron Giant – Special EditionThe best animated film that nobody knows about. It’s brilliant. It was undermarketted, severely, but everyone that watches it, loves it.

The Passion of the Christ – The best film of 2004, worth owning to watch once or twice a year and for retreats.

So there you have it. My list of the best DVDs for 2004, as of this moment.