Yesterday, we went to see Little Miss Sunshine. Excellent acting (as always) by Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, and Steve Carell, but it still felt just a little flat to me, a little artificial, like the writer was more concerned with making "a great indie film" than with telling a good story. Still, I'd say it's worth seeing. The casting director deserves an oscar if nothing else. Bryan Cranston even had a small role!
Later that night, we watched the pilots for two new NBC shows: "Studio 60 from the Sunset Strip" is great as I knew it would be. Of course, Aaron Sorkin could write a tv show about bum fight promoters and I'd probably be hooked. The other was "Kidnapped" and stars Jeremy Sisto from "Six Feet Under" as an expert in recovering kidnap victims. I thought I didn't need any more crime shows in my life, but actually found it really compelling. I'm not sure how they're going to pull off an entire season based on one kidnapping story, but I'll definitely give it a chance. Bonus: Mamet's pal Rickey Jay is a regular in it! How awesome is that?