Family, friends, co-workers and psychiatrists have often questioned my taste in comedy. I consider Woody Allen one of the funniest men alive, but I’m also a sucker for lowest-common denominator gag-o-second spoof films from the original Airplane! (still a masterpiece) to the past decade’s awful trend of “Fill-in-the-Blank” Movies. I despise the recent trend of uber popular gross-out bromantic comedies (I Love You Man, The Hangover) but I love anything from David Wain (The State, Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten). When I first heard about Hot Tub Time Machine six months ago, I hadn’t been this excited about a comedy since Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Sadly, though, what was once thought to be a can’t-miss piece of pure cinematic gold turned into another haphazardly executed Snakes on a Plane style hatchet-job. I mean how could you go wrong with a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine?Do I even need to go over the plot here? Continue reading
Twas the stars and my Netflix queue aligned this weekend as the Hurri-Rain-Pocalypse pimp-slapped the East Coast (thanks El Nino!) and delivered to my mailbox were no less than three monumentally bad movies to pass the time as flood waters receded. One of these films was so awful, it reached that rarified pantheon where film buffs bestow upon special movies the title of “So Bad it’s Good.” In fact, I dare say, it might be the perfect “Bad Movie” and one that had me entertained and laughing for its entire 2 hour 38 minute run time. Good Citizens of Filmlandia …I give you…Roland Emmerich’s DUN-DUN-DUH 2012!
2012: Every German director has their fetish. Continue reading
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, March 7th, 2010. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars are announced.
Well, I scored a personal worst of only 11/24 this year (after a record shattering personal best score of 18/24 last year), but I’ve never been happier to have been so wrong. The right film actually won for the first time since, well, I don’t know when!
Highlights of the evening included:
- A few genuine surprises in the screenplay categories and for foreign language film.
- Hosts (Baldwin and Martin) who were actually funny.
- No musical numbers spare for the humorous opening! (Though there was an annoying dance number for the best score nominees)
- The humility, humor, and quiet heartbreak of Sandra Bullock who knew she did not deserve to win but was so sincerely thankful.
- The humility of Kathryn Bigelow who knew she deserved to win (and made history in doing so) but also knew there are more important things and more important people to honor than films and filmmakers.