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Minute Movie Review – Talladega Nights

Freitag, Mai 1st, 2009


The full title, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”, already gives it away that this film is from the same creative team as Anchorman. And what an extremely silly film it is! It is set in the world of professional racing and just as NASCAR is about the stupidest thing ever invented by Americans (Look! They are driving in a circle for 5 hours straight! This is even more exciting than Baseball!), the film is plenty stupid. But if you are in the mood for it, stupid can be extremely funny and thus the film has some scenes that make me laugh. I guess one could say that it is very inspired silliness.

Random Observations:

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I can just imagine the backlash I am going to get for this “kind” review. Listen, people, it’s a straight comedy without any real significance. It made me laugh, because it was silly, and that is all that I required of it. If you don’t like to laugh about stupidity sometimes, this movie is not for you!

Example jokes: Naming your kids “Walker” and “Texas Ranger”. Having a gay French Formula One Driver as the “villain” of the movie. Saying grace to baby Jesus.

In the special features on the DVD, director Adam McKay remarked that Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays the French driver, is not truly happy unless a large group of people hates him. That would certainly explain Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, which is equally silly and funny.

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 – 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“.