Sunday, August 2, 2015

Wet Hot American Summer




When Reno 911 came out i became aware of a comedy troupe known as the State, as soon as Comedy Central played Wet Hot American Summer i fell in love. To me, to this day it is the second funniest film ever made, right behind Anchorman. 14 years later we get the series, and thank you Netflix for doing so! The show is a gift to the fans, the basis for certain characters, the arkcs the connected characters, and most importantly the soul & heart of the film are alive & well, this show was well worth it. I usually do not binge watch shows, but i devoted 4 hours for this glorious occasion. From the opening credits i was celebrating the fact that instead of 8 half hour episodes, it felt like a 4 hour long film, a 4 hour long film with no pacing issues. The hours flew by as we watched Coop try to chase his "girlfriend" be toyed with and almost try a threesome, all to catch the eye of Katie. We watched Katie gain the affection of Andy which started a war between Camp Firewood & Camp Tigerclaw. We saw Victor show his virginity & Neil lose his, we saw Ben & McKinley fall in love, Gene & Gail fall out of love and see Gail fall for Ron. We saw the can of vegetables die as a human and respawn, we saw the Beekeeper never bathe, we saw Beth & Henry begin something special, we saw Lindsay become a teen after being an adult and Abby get her period into womanhood, Steve got more screentime plus JJ, Gary & Susie all got their spots as well did plenty of new comers into the fold, the bit parts were great, Jon Hamm, Chris Pine, Jason Schwartzman Kristen Wiig, Randall Park, Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Rob Huebel(in a small part), and Weird Al were all awesome. The sight gags & word play were top notch and did not disappoint me one bit, this universe is right up my Community loving alley. I hope for a second season that shows what they all do at 9:30 10 years later!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Vacation Series




The Griswold family is back in theatres, for the first time in 18 years, let us take a look at the best of the franchise.

1. Vacation
This film is so damn quotable, one of the most quotable comedies there is, and the film has a fantastic pace, this is a perfect comedy film and a staple of 80s cinema.

2. Christmas
This one has charm coming out the ass, hilarious film, and i love the animation sequence.

3. Vacation 2015
I don't get the hate for this, from the moment Holiday Road hit the screen i had a smile on my face and i thought the jokes were hilarious so said smile stayed on said face. Great physical humor, awkward moments and absurd shit ran wild, i loved it.

3. Vegas
This one is stupid as all hell but i love Ethan Embry as Rusty aka Papagiorgio.

4. European
This one is damn painful to watch.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lavalantula



So i used to loathe SyFy movies, insert some animal here vs animal here, but in the past few years Asylum, another company i used to loathe has been making them fun. Now Asylum did not make Lavalantula however SyFy has been figuring out how to make fun flicks the same time. It helps that this is directed by Mike Mendez director of the brilliant horror film the Convent. This film is full of meta humor, cameos that actually are awesome(Leigh Whannell, Ian Ziering), references that feel like love letters(Predator, Jurassic Park) plus a mini Police Academy reunion. Steve Guttenberg chews the scenery & owns this role, it is over the top, fun, and a great flick to watch with your fellow cinephiles and drink some beers to, hell mock it if you want or just drink, watch & have fun. It is not a so bad it is good movie, it is a self aware monster film that i wouldn't mind watching again. Hell had this been a film i paid to see in  theatres, i would not have been disappointed. If more of these monster flicks are this meta and fun then we are on a good road for the future, at one time i would have passed on directing a film like this, now a days, sign me up!

Wayward Pines



M Night Shyamalan gets alot of shit, his haters are strong, and while i may not be a massive fan, i still enjoy his work. Everyone thinks he peaked with The Sixth Sense but most cinephiles are in agreement his best work is Unbreakable, his next few were spotty with Signs being the only one that seems to not get hate, but as soon as the Happening was released all gloves were off.  The Last Airebender was torn apart by anime fans, Devil(which he didn't direct) was never given the light of day,and After Earth was known as the weak version of Oblivion. His latest film is out next month but the man just had Wayward Pines on Fox, and i dug the show.

It starts off with a Lost esque shot of an eyeball and a man waking up in the forest but it had a great conspiracy factor the entire time. Certain elements felt contrived as hell for sure and some plot points felt like they were making it up as it went along but hey they shoved three books into one season plus the show kept a good tense build up, so neither are a major flaw, plus the acting was good, Terrence Howard was menacing as hell, he did a great job, as did everyone else, and i loved seeing Matt Dillon get a good role, Toby Jones is on a roll plus you had the bombshell trio of Juliette Lewis, Carla Gugino and best of all the goddess that is Shannyn Sossamon. The last few episodes were really damn good, and the finale i applaud, i applaud the death of a certain character since the heroes never die, i applaud the Twilight Zone/Vintage Shyamalan ending of dread. I keep reading people that want a second season, i for one say let it be, it is a perfect non traditional ending.The show feels inspired but Lost, Twin Peaks & The X Files and winds up featuring a very Chud meets I Am Legend like monsters, and it is awesome!

Southpaw



Boxing films are always about the underdog, Rocky, Raging Bull, The Fighter, Million Dollar Baby, sure they may not be the underdog in the ring but they have flaws and personal problems that hold them back. In Southpaw it is no different, Billy Hope(Jake Gylenhaal)  is an undefeated fighter that came from an orphanage, he is married to the love of his life and has a sweet little girl. As shown in the trailer, he loses his wife, then winds up losing his money, his daughter & his manager(to the man that started the events that killed Hope's wife). You really feel bad for him, the dude can be a fuck up but he is trying to improve himself, as usual Gylenhaal delivers a knockout(*rimshot*) performance and is on fire following his best(Nightcrawler). We need the underdog, we don't want a movie about an asshole that has everything in life and nothing bad happens to them, hell if we did many people would identify with him for the most jealous of reasons or people wold begin to hate themselves as they see bit of the character in them. We need the underdog, and boxing flicks are one of the best outlets for this trope.

Pixels: Or How i Learned to Stop Post Modernly Bashing Adam Sandler

 


     Like many kids born in the 80's raised in the 90's i had a diet of Adam Sandler growing up, i loved his stuff on SNL, mainly via reruns, and seeing his movies in the theatre became the norm.....atleast for a tad bit. Bit parts in Shakes the Clown & Coneheads were the norm for SNL cast members & alumni, but Airheads really helped him out, giving a decent size role. After that, the Sandler revolution was on, Billy Madison was a staple 20 years ago, though saying it ages well it up for debate, i still enjoy Happy Gilmore, and i think the Wedding Singer is underrated as hell. At that time my self & childhood/preteen chums would see stuff like The Waterboy, Big Daddy & Little Nicky would get our money, even if the end result wound up being shit. Those films, in my opinion are still passable, no hate being rushed at them. Then the 00's hit, most of his vehicles were garbage, they were either dull trying to be crude(Anger Management), or crude trying to have a good message(Chuck & Larry). The films he produced were awful, Rob Schneider is a Stapler, derp derp derpy derp, some were enjoyable, like Grandma's Boy, but no one would call that cinematic gold.
           The man can work in good films, mainly Punch Drunk Love, but when he signed on to be the lead in Funny People i thought, okay, this will show the dark life of a comedian, sadly it wasnt, plus the film poked fun at his more shitty films, thus me thinking at the time, cool he is going to go a new route and not star in these films anymore......erm Jack & Jill anyone, which to be fair i haven't seen. In fact most films with his name on it i avoid like the plague, then a film was announced that i had to see. Pixels, now Pixels is not perfect at all, in fact most of the humor is awful, but Josh Gad & Peter Dinklage get the best lines, or rather they know how to deliver their lines. As i have said it is not perfect at all but i believe alot of people are hating it just because Sandler is in it, or more so because it is a Happy Maddison Production, hell i know plenty of gamers refusing to see it for that reason alone. See it for yourself, perhaps smoke a bowl first, that or just wait for dvd, and smoke a bowl first, or fuck it, stream it....and smoke a bowl first. It isn't nearly as bad as everyone makes it out to be.Accept that Sandler makes shit, his demographic is the masses not cinephiles, don't act like your childhood is raped because of the arcade games being featured, it's a popcorn flick, he has done far worse cinematic crimes and their have been far worse rapes on video games in film.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Judd Apatow Films Ranked





For 10 years Judd Apatow has been directing feature films, and while his glory days of producing every comedy may be behind him as his crew of actors & writers became producers & directors themselves his latest film shows that his days of helming projects is not over by a long shot.

1. The 40 Year Old Virgin
Ten years ago this film brought Steve Carrell, Seth Rogen & Paul Rudd to huge levels of mainstream attention, sure they had been in films that were hits & some folks knew the actors but this broke the glass ceiling, it also helped bring back the R rated comedy to summer blockbusters. Apatow used great forms of improv with his cast and multiple takes to craft a raunchy, hilarious & touching film.

2. Knocked Up
This is around the time Judd started producing Superbad, Pineapple Express, ect, Where s those films kept the touchign aspects along with the raunch & hilarity Apatow's own films became ROMCOMS for huys, this film is written/directed by anyone else would have been sappy & dull, but Judd injects his own style into it perfectly.

3. Trainwreck
His latest he didn't write and he trimmed down the run time and pacing issues but he gave us a film about a characters that can be quite a cunt but made us connect with her. Bill Hader's character is super relatable in this, many of us have been in his situation. John Cena & LeBron James steal their scenes, they have perfect comedic timing, especially Cena. I loved getting Dave Attell & Colin Quinn in a film like this, Attell is just a hobo recurring character but Quinn gets alot of time to do great work in his role. Some scenes & cameos don't make sense(the intervention scene with Matthew Broderick) but the film is easily his best in 8 years.

4. This is 40
He took characters from Knocked Up and built a more serious story around them, Paul Rudd is perfect in it but it isn't the most memorable film of his. Pacing issues definitely hold this film down from being better than it could be, which has been the case with all his films but this(and Funny People) are the top offenders.

5. Funny People
He tried to make a film that shows how tough life on the road can be for a comedian(but was out done by Louie) and a full at the heart strings cancer film(was out done by 50/50). The films features unlikable characters and can be quite dull at parts. I thought the fact that Adam Sandler poked fun at his films was going to be a call to arms and he would step up his game, sadly he didn't(though Pixels looks awesome)