Posts Tagged ‘Jack Black’

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Dienstag, Dezember 1st, 2009

Klick auf den Link, um das erste Türchen zu öffnen. Click the link to open the first door.

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Minute Movie Review – Tropic Thunder

Mittwoch, Mai 13th, 2009


A movie about the making of a movie, Tropic Thunder tells the story of what happens when a novice director sets out to make the most expensive war movie. The comedy written and directed by and starring Ben Stiller, manages to poke fun at Hollywood and movie-making as well as the nature of celebrity and acting. The film drew some criticism for having a white actor appear in Black Face and the heavy use of the word “retard”, but since both occur to make jokes at the expense of neither black people nor mentally handicapped people, it is undeserved and should not distract from your enjoyment of a solid comedy.

Random Observations:

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The movie starts with fake trailers for movies starring the main actors. Method actor Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) is in a film about a gay monk, starring “Five Times Academy Award Winner Kirk Lazarus and Teen Choice Award Winner for Best Kiss Tobey Maguire”. I knew I was going to enjoy that movie when I heard that.

Especially funny is Tom Cruise’s performance as a overweight, balding, “slightly” crazy Studio Mogul. Cruise is barely recognizable in the make-up.

I’m not a big fan of Jack Black, but when he is set opposite actors that calm, his “bubbly personality” is bearable. That doesn’t make, however, the “jokes” for which the film uses him the least bit funny.

Minute Movie Review – Anchorman

Sonntag, April 12th, 2009


“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” is a comedy about a 1970s San Diego news team that must deal with changing times when a female anchor joins them. From the Judd Apatow production power house, Anchorman is typical of that comedic style by combining clever insights, slight parody and celebrity cameos (Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins) with plain silliness. But while that combination often works quite well, the mixture just isn’t right in this film, which drags even though it is just 90 minutes long and which features more annoying than funny scenes.

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The worst thing about the film is that what feels like 20% of the running time is dedicated to Will Ferrell pretend crying about various things. It’s annoying for the first ten seconds and only gets more annoying as it drags on.

I feel sort of conflicted about the film because there were some elements I really enjoyed, while I didn’t enjoy the film in its entirety. Maybe it would have been a better idea to just look for the funniest scenes on YouTube.

The Ten Best Movies of 2008

Mittwoch, Januar 7th, 2009

Everybody loves Top Ten Lists, right? You can never get enough of them, correct? If you read one to the end, you want nothing more than start looking at the next one, or am I wrong? In any case, I like Top Ten (or basically any other number) Lists. I know they are silly and arbitrary and highly subjective, but they are still fun – even if one just reads them to poke fun at the author(s). So to start my own habitual list-making off, I hereby offer you the TEN BEST MOVIES OF 2008!

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Minute Movie Review – Mars Attacks!

Dienstag, April 8th, 2008


Possibly the only movie ever based on a trading card game (usually its the other way around), Mars Attacks! is a parody of science fiction in general and the surprisingly large subgenre of earth-invasion movies in particular (think “Independence Day“). When Martians arrive on Earth, everyone wants peace with them – including the US president. But when they attack without warning, all hell brakes loose. Easily defeating the humans, they need to be outwitted somehow by a diverse cast of characters. The fact that all this sounds oh so stereotypical is intentional of course, and the parody works really well. Nevertheless, the fact that everything is exactly as expected still makes for a rather boring movie.

Random Observations:

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When you’re Tim Burton, you can apparently get almost every actor: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman… The list goes on and on – and remember, the movie came out in 1996, so some of those hadn’t sold out yet.

Minute Movie Review – Be Kind Rewind

Dienstag, April 8th, 2008


When Mike is given custody of a video rental store that actually still relies only on VHS tapes, it’s only a matter of time before he and his friend Jerry screw it up. Jerry becomes magnetized and as a result, all tapes are erased. To save the store, the friends to remake all the movies themselves, a process they call sweding. Be Kind Rewind is a comedy that works best when it shows the movie remakes. Often extremely funny, it’s also a tender declaration of love to film-making and the lost art of creativity in everyday situations and people. Not everything works in this film, but it is fun to watch nonetheless.

Random Observations:

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Check the internet for sweded films. Fans have made a bunch of them already – and many are surprisingly entertaining.

The spoofed movies are extremely diverse – ranging from “Ghostbusters” to “Rush Hour” as well as “2001: A Space Odyssey“, resulting in fun for everyone.

Film aficionados will know director Michel Gondry from his previous films like “The Science of Sleep” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind“.

Minute Movie Review – Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Mittwoch, Februar 27th, 2008


Walk Hard is basically two movies forced into one: A lowbrow comedy that considers consistently saying “I need Cox” high art and a parody of bio films of musicians – and not only Walk the Line. There are a few really funny scenes with great cameos (Jack Black as Paul McCartney) and most of the songs really work as a parody on the works of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and other musicians I can’t remember right now. But mostly the film goes for the stupid jokes – whether they be about the lead character’s name, taking drugs or cutting your brother in half with a machete. But if you can overlook that, you’ll actually find a few funny scenes and songs. It’s not much, but it’s a lot more than most comedies today offer.

Random Observations:

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John C. Reilly isn’t half-bad in the lead role. He really can sing and step into the roles of many different types of musicians.

Hey indie rock fans! Jack White has a cameo as Elvis Presley!

Another sneak preview movie – I guess you can’t expect a Best Picture Oscar winner every week…

I’m kind of demotivated right now. So please post comments that tell me to write about the other six films I saw in the last week. There are some real gems among them.