Screen Junkies » fred armisen http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:30:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong To Star With Fred Armisen And Selma Blair In Punk Rock Comedy ‘Geezer’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/green-days-billie-joe-armstrong-to-star-with-fred-armisen-and-selma-blair-in-punk-rock-comedy-geezer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/green-days-billie-joe-armstrong-to-star-with-fred-armisen-and-selma-blair-in-punk-rock-comedy-geezer/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:45:22 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267214 Because punks have a famously awesome sense of humor.

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In a case of art imitating life imitating art and so on, Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer and guitarist for Green Day, will be starring in Geezer, a film about an aging punk who realizes everyone else is getting on in his life while he treads water. I’m willing to hazard a guess that this is semi-autobiographical.

Armstrong will star alongside Fred Armisen and Selma Blair in this comedy, though the premise doesn’t sound very funny. It sounds…sad. Oh well, Fred Armisen is funny. He’ll fix it. Judy Greer will also star in it. She’s funny, too.

For the Green Day fans out there, Billie Joe has written several songs for the soundtrack, so at the very least, you can go for the music, and stay for the existential dread regarding the ennui of adulthood.

PUNK ROCK!

(Variety)

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Fred Armisen Is Directing A Kings Of Leon Concert Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/fred-armisen-is-directing-a-kings-of-leon-concert-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/fred-armisen-is-directing-a-kings-of-leon-concert-movie/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:52:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256076 It will be a masters class in over-enunciating.

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You’d think with his punk rock pedigree and counterculture status from Portlandia he’d be helming a project for Shonen Knife or something, but this is pretty good, too. This teaming is brought to you by American Express who had previously brought us even odder pairings such as David Lynch and Duran Duran and Steve Buscemi and Vampire Weekend.

The real risk here is that a pigeon shits on Caleb Followill and the entire band just self destructs for like three years, but I guess that’s just the cost of doing business with a band like KoL.

If you want job security, team up with Michael Jackson!

(Shit. He’s dead, isn’t he? Rick Ross. Team up with Rick Ross. Whatever. I’m gonna get drunk.)

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IFC’s ‘Portlandia’ Renewed For 2nd Season, Anti-Hipster Comedy Parade Continues http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/ifcs-portlandia-renewed-for-2nd-season-anti-hipster-comedy-parade-continues/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/ifcs-portlandia-renewed-for-2nd-season-anti-hipster-comedy-parade-continues/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 05:58:06 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26942 All you have to know is that it's indie and I liked it before anyone else did.

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SNL lifer Fred Armisen‘s new show Portlandia is part of a growing movement in the comedy world to turn “hipster” into the next “mime” or “Elvis impersonator.” Lucky for me, I haven’t had enough hipster-skewering comedy yet, even between the mashup videos, webcomics and Tumblr-to-Urban-Outfitters-checkout books. Damn it, those guys look funny and ride bicycles and I want blood.

That’s why I’m glad IFC‘s Portlandia is getting renewed for a second season. I’ll have to respectfully disagree with my Screen Junkies collegue Fred Topel and note that Portlandia is one of my favorite new shows in awhile. It’s a hilarious, silly, thoughtfully written sketch show very much in the tradition of Kids In The Hall, and probably not coincidentally, both shows have some guy named Lorne Michaels in the credits.

Portlandia‘s kind of an exclusive thing, you know? Whatever, you probably haven’t even heard it. All you have to know is that it’s indie and I liked it before anyone else did. Now they’re giving Portlandia a second season and it’ll probably sell out. You know, f*ck that show. I’m gonna go drink PBR’s at my friend Steve’s mustache party.

If you’re interested in Portlandia, cause you’re not a drone, check out clips here. (Cinema Blend)

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Review: IFC’s ‘Portlandia’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-ifcs-portlandia/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-ifcs-portlandia/#comments Tue, 28 Dec 2010 21:49:48 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13519 A series of sketches featuring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein centering on different aspects of Portland, OR. It’s all really obvious and it feels like improv topics that were contrived to be funny, but not actually inspired.

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I like Fred Armisen on “Saturday Night Live” and I see where he’s going with this new sketch comedy show “Portlandia.” It doesn’t quite work though and I can’t say you should spend any time watching it.

This IFC show is a series of sketches featuring Armisen and Carrie Brownstein centering on different aspects of Portland, OR. It’s all really obvious and it feels like improv topics that were contrived to be funny, but not actually inspired.

Case in point: a sketch about a hide and seek team. See, treating a childish game like a professional playoff is funny, because it’s so out of context, right? Watching it performed is not funny just because the actors take it seriously.

In a music video, Armisen proclaims that the ‘90s are still going on in Portland. If celebrating grunge culture is enough to make you laugh, then you’ll love the references to the Jim Rose Circus, hot chicks wearing glasses and sleeping until 11AM. That’s actually the best sketch in the bunch.

Armisen and Browstein ask a waitress at a restaurant ultra specific questions about the chicken they serve. You see, because in Portland they care about organic free range meat. So the waitress presents in-depth papers about the chicken they might order. I thought it was funny that Armisen said “And and and and and and and and and and and and” so many times before getting to the question, but we get it. At a certain point it’s just meat.

A sketch about Mind-Fi jokes that the next level of our technological obsession is mental. That’s not even regional. We have technology everywhere.

They do a lot of characters with wigs, like women’s bookstore owners with long hippie hair. They do that sketch twice in the first two episodes so I guess they hope those are recurring characters. If refusing to reach all the way to the shelf to get a book is funny, then there are endless possibilities.

Another sketch where Brownstein and Armisen switch genders is just uncomfortable. Not because I have any problem with gender roles. “Kids in the Hall” and “Monty Python” were always doing that. “Portlandia” just makes it so sexual and vulgar without making it funny. The joke is a safe word which the woman (Armisen) ultimately uses to stop even social interaction. That’s only funny if the situation is ridiculous, not just sexual.

Brownstein and Armisen commit to the absurdity of their sketches but the premises are just too obvious. Often they end up just yelling, like in “Put a Bird on Things” or the lost dog sketch. Since it’s filmed, the editing can create different timing than a “SNL” sketch, but it doesn’t make humor out of mediocre material.

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