quickie movie review of prairie home companion (and cars)

June 11th, 2006

A word about my movie-laden Saturday:

I went to a showing of “A Prairie Home Companion.” The reviews (I admit it. I like to read movie reviews.) were mixed at best. People seemed to knock it just for being a Robert Altman film, and for on top of that, capturing the feel of a radio program displaced in the modern world.
The way I see it, the reviewers are faulting the movie for doing what it does best. No, it doesn’t have a clear, driven plot-line; rather it is a series of interactions, that broadly captures the Prairie Home experience.

It’s pretty simple. If you like Prairie Home Companion, you’ll like the movie. If you don’t (or haven’t heard of it), you’re missing out. My recommendation: go listen to Prairie Home Companion right now. Then go see the movie. You’ll be better for it.

Oh, and Cars: It’s good. It’s Pixar. The Car Talk boys are in it (it was an NPR kind of day) ‘nuff said.

2 Responses to “quickie movie review of prairie home companion (and cars)”

  1. Jeff says:

    I hear you: I love reading movie reviews. I save up Ebert & Roeper podcasts for long car rides.

    The thing that’s putting me off “Cars” is a slight feel of Pixar pandering-to-red-state-Nascar-fans, but maybe I’m reading a little too much into the marketing.

  2. Gene says:

    Oh, thank you — I’ve been waiting for a PHC review that took into account the strange brain wiring of people like me who actually enjoy listening to those long pauses and snuffles from Garrison Keillor…