Monthly Archives: February 2013
After watching Seth MacFarlane’s lame Oscar opening, I found myself looking forward to The Walking Dead like never before. It may not make a lot of sense, but at least William Shatner isn’t going to show up for 20 minutes of brain-dead banter in his Captain Kirk costume. MacFarlane died on stage and no one had the decency to put him down for good. Thank god for the mindless zombie soap opera that is The Walking Dead!
This Sunday my country, Italy, will get to vote. A comic actor might be our next prime minister and no, this is not a Hollywood movie, that’s the sad reality! No, this is not ant italian comedy. This is not a grotesque Fellini movie, Italy might have a comic actor as his prime minister. Well, the sad choice is between a comic actor, or the same old right-wing and left-wing mummies that led Italy to near bankrupt and to total devastation of italian economy. A sad and hard choice.
The first two posts of this series took us back through cinematic humor from today’s genre confusion and obsession with idiots and into the 1990’s which featured a greater proliferation of quality comedy writing and the unfortunate origins of some of today’s most disappointing trends. Now I step into Reagan era comedy with both anticipation and trepidation.
The years 1980-1989 contain both the end of my childhood and the entirety of my teenage years. This means that for more than half of the decade, I did not get to choose which films I got to see at the movie theater. Also, the 1980’s featured the explosion of home entertainment options, but this didn’t really get going for my family until about 1987. So while I saw each of my yearly selections from 1986-1989 on the big screen, the rest of these, I’ve had to catch up with on video or cable and only some of that happened during the 80’s.
My opinions of big screen comedy may be inexorably tied to my own development through this era as my expectations were first established and then subverted. Nobody experiences everything in exactly the same way. But I’m going to keep hold of some of my opinions here with all 32 teeth.
Renee Zellweger has won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she was nominated twice for Best Actress and she has won three Golden Globes. For roughly a decade, she topped the A-list with both critical acclaim and commercial success. But she has been missing from the big screen for the last several years.
What the hell happened?
As I indicated in my previous post and in the comments section that came with it, I went into this project fully expecting to prefer the film comedies I would have to choose from as I moved back into my younger days. Is this a bias based on personal tastes? Is it a generational bias that we would see repeated reliably if we polled thousands of people of different ages? Or are there really certain eras for different art forms that are simply of a higher quality than others?
As we roll back into my young adulthood in the 1990s, my guess is that it’s a little bit of all of the above.
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Disney World is a big place with lots to see and do. There is bound to be something to appeal to everyone. And everything appeals to someone… although some times it’s hard to imagine who. Passionate Disney World fans have formed strong opinions about what constitutes a “must do” Disney experience. Not surprisingly, some experiences have become over-rated while others remain over-looked.
What follows is my list of over-rated Disney World experiences. I will follow-up with a list of experiences I consider hidden gems.
Last week’s episode was pure silliness. All of the characters were forced to make horrible decisions in order to set up conflicts for the second half of the season. This week’s episode wasn’t any better written. But it benefits from being comparatively less ridiculous.
The television commercial for the new Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy movie Identity Thief makes the claim that it is “the first great comedy of the year!” Now I haven’t seen Identity Thief, so I have no personal experience to be able to refute this claim. Both Bateman and McCarthy are charming performers who have been funny in other stuff. So maybe that claim is fully reasonable. But somehow I doubt it.
This got me to thinking. How many “great” comedies are the producers of Identity Thief expecting to be released this year? Based on the history of modern English-speaking film, how many “great” comedies could reasonably be expected to hit screens in a single calendar year? Now, clearly this is a question without a definitive answer. What constitutes a great comedy will be very different from person to person. What I have decided to do is to look at film comedies from each year and select the best for each. At times I will also give my overall impression of the year in movie mirth. This first installment will cover the years 2000-2011, with future posts reflecting each decade. Right now, I expect to do five posts, with the last one covering the 1960s and 1959. If you can’t figure out why I would shoehorn 1959 in, keep reading and all will be revealed.
Two weeks to go to Oscar. The last big Oscar precursor, the BAFTA awards, have released its verdicts, with some surprises. Here the list of the winners in top categories.
The Walking Dead came back from its winter break and apparently no one got what they wanted for Christmas. Because they were all cranky! Everyone fought whether they had a reason to or not. Because drama. Lots and lots of faux drama. I’ll cover the whole ugly mess after the jump
It may seem strange to ask “What the hell happened to Nicolas Cage?” He certainly isn’t missing. He appears in several movies every year. But the Oscar-winning actor has gone from being a box office draw to a national punchline who can’t say “no” to any movie.
What the hell happened?
The Walking Dead returns to AMC for the second half of season three on Sunday. To prepare, I thought it would be morbid fun to lay odds on who will die in the last episodes of the season.
I don’t have any inside info, so there are no true spoilers for the show. But I will discuss some events from the comic which may or may not play out on the show. I will save one potentially big spoiler for the comments section. Those who are extremely spoiler-averse may not want to read on. Otherwise, you should be fine.
I know that I’m young (24 yo) but I just can’t remember a weirder Oscar campaign. When nominations were disclosed kindest bookies rated “Argo” chances to win the “Best Picture” at +10 , but now Affleck’s thriller is running ahead over “Lincoln”.
In 65 edition the Directors Guild of America has awarded the winner of the Academy Award 56 times thus being the most reliable predictor for the “Best Director” Oscar. However we’re sure that this year the DGA will not guess, because this year the DGA has awarded Ben Affleck who, as we know, is not even nominated at this year’s Oscar.