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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.

Big Fish

“It doesn’t always make sense and most of it never happened but that’s what kind of story this is.”

If you somehow haven’t seen Big Fish since it’s release in 2003 then stop reading now (seriously, this will contain major spoilers). This film cannot be described in mere words, the only way to experience it is to immerse yourself in the delightful fantasy that is Ewan McGregor in the expert hands of Tim Burton for the 125 minutes it takes to tell its tale.  In addition to Ewan McGregor the film also features Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lang and Marion Cotillard. Big Fish was originally a novel written by Daniel Wallace and published in 1998.

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Albert Finney in Big Fish

The film is narrated throughout by William Bloom (Billy Crudup), the son of Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor as young Edward/Albert Finney as elder Edward). We meet William on his wedding day when his father Edward, in the present day played by Albert Finney, is giving a toast to wish the happy couple well. His toast involves a rather exciting story about what he was doing on the day William was born. This is a story William has heard many times before, so many times in fact he can recite it word for word as his father wows the crowd. The story is really quite a sweet tale about how Edward set out to catch an un-catchable fish, and no matter what bait he tried the fish would not bite. It wasn’t until Edward Bloom tied his wedding ring on to the end of the fishing line that the fish took the bait and ran with it. The moral to the story? If you want to catch un-catchable fish you need to offer it a ring. While the wedding party appear to enjoy the tale William feels that once again his father has stolen the lime-light by mesmerising people with lies. William grew up with his fathers tall tales and when he realised that none of them were true he discovered he had no idea who his father really was and all attempts to get to know the man behind the stories were futile.

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Ewan McGregor in Big Fish

Cut to three years later and William has not spoken to his father since his wedding night. Edward’s failing health however brings William and his pregnant wife (Marion Cotillard) back to the family home. On their travels William tells his wife the tale of how his father looked into the glass eye of a witch as child and saw his own death. Upon their arrival at the family home the son and father tentatively begin to rebuild their relationship, one knowing that they don’t have much time left and the other knowing that his time on Earth is not quite finished yet.

“See, most men tell a story straight through, and it won’t be complicated, but it won’t be interesting either.”

What follows is a final re-telling of the stories that have shaped Edwards life, from the story of how he happened upon the town of Spectre (with a nod going to to the wonderfully clever play on words) where Edward was expected to arrive but he was just a little early, to how Edward met his wife (played in the younger version by Alison Lohman and as the elder version by Jessica Lang). And if we may just pause for a moment in awe of how wonderfully captivating both Alison Lohman and Jessica Lang are in this role.


Jessica Lang in Big Fish

“They say that when you meet the love of your life time stops and that’s true. What they don’t tell you is that once time starts again it moves extra fast to catch up.”

Even for the least romantic at heart the story of how Edward works in a traveling circus in order to gain a snippet of information once a month about the love of his life is thoroughly captivating. When Edward finally earns the right to discover her name is Sandra Templeton he quickly tracks down the love of his life only to discover she is engaged to another. There are many iconic scenes in Big Fish, one of them being the scene where Edward Bloom fills the courtyard outside Sandra Templeton’s window with daffodils in an effort to win her affections. Their life together is quickly put on hold when Edward is called up for active duty. In an effort to get back home as quickly as possible Edward puts his hand up for the most dangerous of missions  and when a mission goes slightly askew he is presumed dead. In the meantime however Edward meets conjoined twin dancers, Ping and Jing, whose song will be stuck in your head for days. After four nightmarish months for Sandra, Edward is finally returned to her arms.

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Alison Lohman in Big Fish

“A man tells stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him and in that way, he becomes immortal.”

It becomes evident that William believes that his father has concocted a lifetime of stories to make up for his missing presence during Williams childhood and that William has assumed for many years that his father had another family somehwhere as this was the only logical explanation. Slowly, as Edwards health deteriorates and William sets out to prove his theory correct, William begins to realise that (in the words of his mother) “not everything your father tells you is a lie”.

It is as Edward lies dying in hospital and insists his child tells him the story of his own death that William comprehends the man behind the stories. As Williams story gains gusto and they both see the events being played out in their minds-eye a transformation occurs and for the first time in a long time the two men are at peace with each other.

It is only in passing that William begins to appreciate the legacy of the stories his father passed down to him as he recognises the various characters he spent his childhood hearing about attending his fathers funeral. And as Edward Bloom knew he would, William passes the legacy of the stories on to his own child.


Ada Tai and Arlene Tai as Ping and Jing in Big Fish

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…


The Rules Have Been Challenged

Posted: January 30, 2013 by Odina Karimov in Movies, Rules
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Att: Bunker Community!

Heraldo Fernando has officially challenged the rules of The Bunker. Yes, you read right – Title Nominations have not even closed yet and there is a challenge already.

Upon notification of the official rules (as can be seen on the Where’s This Bunker & What’s This All About page) Heraldo Fernando has advised he will NOT be specifying which exact title(s) from the multitude of series that make up his current movie nominations due to the fact that they fundamentally all share the same name. For example, the Star Wars series all begin with the TitleStar Wars‘ –

Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars II: Attack Of The Clones

Star Wars III: Revenge Of The Sith

Star Wars IV: A New Hope

Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars VI: Return Of The Jedi

Heraldo believes that in adherence with the rules he should be allowed to simply nominate ‘Star Wars’ and this will encompass all movies with this title. Interestingly enough however this argument does not extend to Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Heraldo also is of the firm belief that many movies series are not really to be regarded as 1, 2, 3 etc, but are actually regarded as 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc….

What say The Bunker Community?

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….