Slumdog fever is still all up in America's grill, as I'm sure you know. Those little scamps stole our hearts, kicked ass at the Oscars, and had about eight million articles, TV segments, and blog posts written about them. Woo freakin' do.
To be fair, I did really like Slumdog Millionaire. My favorite part was the Bollywood ode at the end,
...and this kid in general
The main thing that made me want to see Slumdog wasn't adorable Indian children or the fact that it starred Anwar from my fave show Skins, but the fact that it was directed by Danny Boyle.
You may know all about how Danny Boyle "re-imagined the zombie movie" with 28 Days Later, but you most likely don't know that he also made one of the best sci-fi movies (maybe in the top 25 EVER) that also completely re-charged the genre. I'm talking about Sunshine, a movie that was as amazing and captivating as it was unseen by pretty much everyone. It wasn't released into many theaters, and then was released on DVD just as covertly.
The story revolves around a team of astronauts (including Cillian Murphy and Rose Byrne, both of whom I am in love with) that are on a mission to re-ignite the sun, which is dying, in order to preserve life on Earth. They are actually the second team to attempt this, as the first team disappeared while on their mission. The new 'nauts eventually discover the first ship, and then some stuff happens. See, I don't want to spoil it for you since after reading this I expect you to go to the video store and immediately pick up a copy of Sunshine for yourself.
Sunshine is the type of movie that you see and then keep talking about for a week afterward. When Danny Boyle went onstage at the Oscars I chose to believe that at least one Academy voter said, "This is for Sunshine, man!" while they checked his name on their ballot. Now scamper off and find out why!!