Monday, August 30, 2010

MacGruber Movie Review

MacGruber as a movie is less funny than all of the MacGruber skits combine. However, there is a bit of fun to be had with the overly crude film and in it Will Forte plays a MacGyver like character who creates deadly objects with improvised items. The funny parts of this movie occur when Forte plays up the idiosyncrasies of MacGruber such as his propensity to rip the throats out of enemies (Roadhouse style) and the loud disturbing noises that he makes while in the sack with women (Forest Gump style). The plot of the movie takes much from late 80s and early 90s films and Television, with the plot of Uncommon Valor to start of with then later takes on the commonly used Nuclear Bomb pointed at the Pentagon/D.C. thing to sort of keep the story going somewhere. Many of the jokes here are overused, like the how the last name of the villain Dieter Von Cunth’s also sounds like a curse word or how MacGruber always has to carry around his car stereo as an anti-theft method. These elements of the movie are tiresome, but among the few funny portions of this film one stands out. As a move to find out what is Cunth is up to MacGruber and company visit Cunth’s club while parking MacGruber is pissed off by another driver who cuts him off. In a strange turn MacGruber quickly memorizes the license plate of the offending car, but this later comes into play in an odd way after one of MacGruber’s team mates finds a booklet filled first with an unfilled list of clues then page after page of that car’s plate number, written in an increasingly disturbing manner leading up to drawn pages where you car see crude drawings of MacGruber hanging from something taking a shit on the offending car and the next drawing is of MacGruber shitting on the head of the car’s driver. It’s a completely unexpected thing to happen in the movie and is by far its’ funniest part. What that doesn’t sound funny to you?   

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World | If You Are Debating Seeing the Movie Here’s a Pros and Cons List That Could Sway You One Way Or Another

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [+Digital Booklet]Why You Might Hate Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
You are unwilling to give the story large amounts of leeway in terms of believability.
You do not think that Canadian City should be featured in any film unless it’s in a negative light.
You hate Canadians.
You hated Arrested Development and its entire cast.
You have never played a video game.
You have never been in a band or have wanted to be in a band so that you would be cool.
You have never had a conversation with young hipsters about society, music, video games or comic books.
You have no tolerance for the abstract.
You are a lover of David Lynch films.
You can’t stand 8bit music.
You have never said while on a recreational drug: I wish there was a movie that could match my imagination or my ability to hallucinate.
You can’t stand dry humor matched with music and special effects.

Why You Might Love Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
You dig hot chicks dressed in Steampunk attire.
You have played the following video games: Zelda, Mario Bros., Final Fantasy, Tetris and any interactive arcade game that requires movement of the feet in a coordinated fashion. 
You have been in a relationship with a high school student while not in high school yourself.
You will watch anything with a backstory sequence that is drawn in Manga style where the moon is shot with supernatural vegan powers yielded by Superman himself.
You have always wanted to see a movie with scenes that fully utilize visual effects where they are usually never use.
You have seen (not liked) Brazil.
You have seen (not necessarily liked) The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
You have heard of the following bands: Wavves, Born Ruffians and Foals. 
You are ready for a new take on an old genre.
You have had a fantasy about Princess Zelda that you are not particularly proud of.
You simply can’t wait to see Michael Cera in the Arrested Development movie.
You like Youth in Revolt both as a film and as a general principle.