Christopher Guest’s next film!

Yes! The Six-Fingered Man is on the move...I could almost have guessed that Christopher Guest's next story would involve independent filmmakers who make their way to the Oscars. After all, he's covered small-town theatre, dog shows, and musical reunion tours. What's the natural next step?For Your Consideration will star the usual suspects AND Ricky Gervais!I hope they make action figures for this one, so I can set them up beside my collection of My Dinner with Andre action figures... … [Read more...]

A Mighty Wind (2003)

-Christopher Guest’s commitment to “mockumentaries” about community events is a curious thing.All three of his semi-improvisational films — Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and now A Mighty Wind — have explored and celebrated the strange behaviors of human beings as they prepare for a public spectacle. He choreographs comical collisions of ego and inanity, and the results usually cause us to wince, laugh, and groan. And somehow, in the midst of inspired improvisation, he strikes resonan … [Read more...]

Best in Show (2000)

[This review was first published at the original Looking Closer website in 2001.]•Sometimes humans are more beastly than their pets.Christopher Guest's new "mockumentary" about dog shows, Best in Show, revels in that fact. The nine human beings that converge on Philadelphia for the Mayflower dog competition seem themselves to represent a wide variety of breeds, grooming styles, and gaits, regardless of the quality of their dog. They all want to be validated by the success of their p … [Read more...]