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‘Take a hilarious ride with the Hoovers, one of the most endearingly fractured families in comedy history’…


A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. Eccentric and dysfunctional ‘everyone pretend to be normal’, they learn a lot about themselves, life, and their family during the journey. The result is a funny and heartwarming story of hope and dreams.


Little Miss Sunshine received critical acclaim and had an international box office gross of $100.5 million. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won two: Best Original Screenplay for Michael Arndt and Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin. It also won. In addition, the AFI Awards deemed it the “Movie of the Year”, while the BAFTA Awards awarded it two awards out of six nominations with “Best Screenplay” for Arndt and “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for Arkin. The Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Screen Actors Guild (SAG),  and Washington D.C. Area Film Critics commended the film for its ensemble cast. Then 10-year-old Abigail Breslin was nominated for several Best Supporting Actress and Breakthrough Performance awards.

The Deauville Film Festival awarded the film the “Grand Special Prize” while the Palm Springs International Film Festival awarded it the “Chairman’s Vanguard Award”. The Independent Spirit Awards awarded it four awards out of five nominations, including “Best Feature” and “Best Director”. The film’s soundtrack was nominated for “Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media” at the Grammy Awards, but lost to Walk The Line. The film also had multiple nominations at the MTV Movie Awards, Satellite Awards, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, and Golden Globe Awards, among others. Paste Magazine named it one of the 50 Best Movies of the Decade (2000–2009), ranking it at #34.

A musical based on the film, with music and lyrics by William Finn and book and direction by James Lapine, premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse from February 15 through March 27, 2011.

Into The Bunker:

Whilst the zombies drag themselves about and the world is coming to an end, I want entertainment that is funny, hopeful and heartwarming. A good, solid story, with an excellent soundtrack compilation,  and lots of laughs. The end scene with Olive dancing at the beauty paegent is classic. As always Toni Collette again re-inforces why she is one of my favourite actresses. Her portrayal of the family’s worn out Matriarch, won her nominations for both BAFTA and Golden Globes.   It is on this basis, that I hereby put forward my recommendation of Little Miss Sunshine for my Bunker nomination.


Ben Miller Wednesday

Posted: February 20, 2013 by Inkar Yerzhan in Movies

Odina, my old friend… over the years we have argued about many, and agreed on but a few, but we will always see eye to eye on Death In Paradise and Ben Miller Wednesday… I look forward to many a discussion about our favourite show over a nip of Stolichnaya Gold


Big Fish, Small Bunker….

Posted: February 17, 2013 by Inkar Yerzhan in Movies
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As stipulated in the rules myself and Boris ‘The Scar’ have now watched Big Fish and are thus suitably informed to comment on this nomination.

I had high hopes for this, given that the wonderful Ewan McGregor was in it…

However, Ewan McGregor with a fake Southern American accent was such a put off that it made it hard to appreciate his (as usual), great acting skills and beautiful smile. I felt it was Carl The Giant who stole the show.

Big Fish was a fun movie, but it was Forrest Gump with McGregor – rather than Hanks as Forrest. Watching it once was enough – we therefore vote no to this movie.

The Rules Are Clear

Posted: January 30, 2013 by Inkar Yerzhan in Movies

Heraldo may well challenge the bunker rules, however his argument is not valid.

I refer specifically to the wording in the rules ‘Movie titles’ – and subsequent mention of prequels, sequels and sidequels…….. if Heraldo wishes to nominate ‘Star Wars’ as a title then this would be the original Star Wars, other movies that have Star Wars in the title (ie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), and are sequels and prequels, are separate titles and would therefore count as ‘another movie’.

Whilst this is an unfortunate restriction of what is truly an epic film series (and franchise) exceptions cannot be made.

Heraldo maybe able to ‘free-up’ a spot with an extra Star Wars episode guaranteed if three (3) members were to unanimously vote out Gone With The Wind…


I am already having grave concerns about the rules. Odina Karimov has listed Gone With The Wind – does that mean the other three of us have to sit through four hours of torture to unanimously vote out something we already know is terrible, we cannot be convinced otherwise….

Ben Miller - My House, My Rules

Ben Miller, as seen in the ever enjoyable Death In Paradise as DCI Richard Poole, an uptight British detective who finds himself out posted to the island of Saint-Marie much to his great disdain.