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Eureka is a kind of nerdy, guilty pleasure for me so I'm glad that is has caught on enough to make it into its third season. After seeing this season's premiere, I feel pleasured, but I still definitely feel guilty.
More evidence that the most trustworthy way to judge a TV show is what sort of box the DVD comes in.
Seeing the new X-Files flick was like going to see your favorite band and all they play is new stuff. New stuff written by Mliey Cyrus. And the only instruments that they use are a kazoo, a jug, and Kathy Griffith's voice. And then instead of playing an encore, they all take turns punching you in the junk with a cricket bat. This movie was the worst thing I have seen in the theatre in years.
Comedy Central has a pretty good track record when it comes to roasts (Jeff Foxworthy's not withstanding), but the line-up for the Bob Saget affair has me extremely excited as a stand-up fan. Names like Gilbert Gottfried, Artie Lange, Norm McDonald and little Jimmy Norton are some of the highlights (complete list is after the break).
I have to admit that I was actually pretty late to the Weeds party. Maybe it was because I don't smoke weed, so I thought there might be some subtleties that were lost on me. More likely, though, it's because I was too cheap to get Showtime. But I'm all caught up now and I'm glad because it seems like season four is finally getting to the good stuff, like naked pictures of Nancy.
This morning I (and every other movie journalist on the web) posted about the "leaked" X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer. It was crooked, blurry and the sound absolutely sucked, but we were excited just to see what was up. Of course, by now, the trailers have been taken down and I'm left wondering why they would do something so stupid?
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I wonder if they’re going to make a version of this that wont get out of CVS when it’s really liquored up and being asked nicely to leave?
If you saw the trailer Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly's antics made you laugh so hard you fell off of the couch you sleep on in your mom's basement, then this might be your pick for best movie of the year. You might also need a job, a girl friend and a shower. The plot in 13 words: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly yell at the top of their lungs. Disclaimer: I feel like before I give you a bunch of reasons I didn't like this movie, I should tell you that I went in thinking it was going to be a perfect fit. I love immature humor. The majority of my DVD collection is comprised of stuff my serious critic friends wouldn't watch unless someone strapped them down to the brainwashing chair from A Clockwork Orange. But there's a fine line between "so stupid it's funny" and "too stupid to be funny." Excuse my technical film terms. It's getting old: There was a time when I thought Will Ferrell was one of the funniest people in the world, but after seeing him do the same "kid trapped in the body of chubby, adult man" act for years, it's getting pretty tiresome. That's not to say that it can't be funny sometimes, but Step Brothers feels like it was written over the course of a dinner. A lot of the jokes are really predictable and most of the dialog sounds as if they just sat down at a table and said, "OK, we need to think of lines we can yell, that teenage boys will want to yell later. That way, they'll keep thinking about the movie." What about John C. Reilly? His recent appearances on the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! give me a litle more hope for Johnny's ability to take his silliness to a different level, but he still comes off pretty flat in this flick. It was definitely better than Walk Hard, but he's not quite Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack, either. But the trailer looks so funny… It's true, the trailers were pretty funny, but the problem is that they gave away too many of the jokes. The bunkbed gag, the burial scene and most of the other stuff that could make you laugh, you've already seen. Of course they couldn't show Will Ferrell's prosthetic balls in the commercial, so you still have that to look forward to. The best part: So far this review has been pretty negative, but there are a few funny moments. The one that comes to mind first is a sleepwalking bit where the two stars just yell incoherently and throw stuff everywhere. It's proof that the method can work if done properly. Is it worth the $10? It's sad for me to have to say this, but you're really not missing much by not catching this one in the theater. Just wait for it to come to pay-per-view, then order it at your friend's house before he notices. Or, go play with a couple of 9-year olds and you'll get pretty much the same effect.
When the Olympics was first created, you had to hang around at the arena till 4am just to catch your favorite wrestler get mauled by a lion.
For the first two episodes I've been complaining that the bad decisions of the high-ranking officers have kept the brigade out of the action, but it's the opposite this week. Everyone's jones for shooting at hostiles has led our boys into all kinds of dangerous situations that are actually pretty intense. Impressions:
After last week's dialog-filled and action-free premiere, I had high hopes that Generation Kill would take a turn for the interesting in the second episode. Luckily, it seems that they've gotten all of the boring character exposition out of the way, and we'll be in the shit from here on out.
There is one question that remained after the death of Hunter S. Thompson. Was his suicide the ultimate act to cap a life of utter defiance, the final middle finger to a rotten world that is irrecoverably lost among madmen and perverts? Or was blowing his brains out the only recourse for a burn out who partied too hard, eventually dulling his razor sharp wit on years of alcoholism and drug abuse. Alex Gibney’s Biopic asks this question.
Veteren screen actor but relative TV avoider Harvey Keitel has inked a deal to play a regular role in the forthcomming ABC sci fi cop drama Life on Mars.
Sometimes I wonder if America is running out of ideas when most of our new shows and movies are either 1) stolen from comic books, or 2) stolen from the…
I was a huge fan of the original BBC Office when it came out. When the American version rolled around, my initial impression was that it was a rehashing of another culture's jokes, watered-down for an audience that is unaccustomed to dry Brit wit. But the show really did find it’s footing pretty fast and has become one of the best things on TV.
The man behind Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and the Fountain has inked a deal with MGM to direct Robocop 4.
There are plenty of twenty-somethings like myself walking around the world hopped up on Zoloft and dragging around emotional baggage like a family on a trip to Orlando. There are lots of possible explanations for our relatively pathetic condition, but it's easier to blame movies, and these so-called kids flicks have been keeping psychologists rolling in dough since the Reagan administration.
Shwaze has a court date from getting busted for allegedly making fake id’s. He doesn’t tell his manager about it until the last minute.
Hunter S. Thompson said ”The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs….
The fact that hot women get down with famous midgets is really sweet, but it’s also a really poignant reminder that the most surefire way on the planet to get laid is by being popular. But do a little research and the equation is much more than just super shortness + fame. Here at Screenjunkies we’re all about doing things in a highly scientific, utterly rigorous fashion. So lets travel up the ruler of stature and see what happens along the way.
In a recent column on Cinematical, which is a pretty awesome movie blog, there was a column begging movie-goers to buy the sub-par grub that pays their bills . I’m all for movie theaters not going out of business, but if they want to get between me and my pay, they’re going to have to put in a little effort first.
"Pixar" comes from the Latin word Pixarum meaning "cartoons that don't make you feel guilty for watching cartoons because you are basically an adult and should be doing adult things. If you are somewhere in the age bracket of 18-34 years old (and if you aren’t you shouldn’t even be on the internet) then there is always a good chance that these movies will make the nostalgia gland in your brain squirt a warm, calming bath of endorphins on your limbic system.
Ah, the coveted middle-aged female secretary gamer demographic. So hard to conquer, so fond of cake, paperback novels, and kittens.
The last season of Mad Men was one of the best thirteen episode streaks in modern TV history. It slowly doled out back-story on the main character, building steam that brought the show to a boil in the last moments. Combine that with the critical acclaim surrounding AMC's golden child, and it’s no wonder that this was one of the most highly anticipated-premieres of this year.
Sitcoms and the word “smart” don’t come into contact very often, and usually when they do you end up with some snooty piece of crap like Frasier or Sports Night. But Tina Fey’s show about the inner-workings of a fictionalized NBC is one of the funniest shows on TV thanks to its wit. Sure, it gets a lot of hype, but most of it is deserved.
Unless you’re the kind of insufferable jackass who can’t watch the American version without talking incessantly about how much better the UK version is, you’re already plenty familiar with Steve Carrell and company’s brand of douche chill-inducing humor.