DVD Review #28: Clerks (10th Anniversary Edition) (1993)

March 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM | Posted in Comedy, DVD Reviews | Leave a comment

There’s a lot of fine-looking DVDs in the world, but they don’t all bring you lasagna. Most of them just suck.

[Read More → “Quotable, but not great cinema.”]

DVD Review #22: Reno 911!: Miami (2007)

February 21, 2010 at 9:03 AM | Posted in Based on TV Series, Comedy, DVD Reviews | Leave a comment

Here’s the deal with this movie: I like it. So screw you if you don’t.

[Read More → “It’s silly, but it’s funny.”]

DVD Review #17: Mallrats (10th Anniversary Extended Edition) (1995)

February 16, 2010 at 6:33 AM | Posted in Comedy, DVD Reviews | Leave a comment

Ben finally pays for Gigli and Daredevil.

This movie reminds me a lot of Empire Records. I don’t think there was ever any hype about Mallrats, but it’s still entwined in the world of Kevin Smith, who has fans that, shall we say, overrate him. Empire Records is an overrated cult classic, and frankly, I didn’t find anything funny about it. It’s dull and clichéd and tries too hard and the characters are unlikeable, etc. And Mallrats reminds me of the problems that a “hip” comedy can have.

[Read More → “…wasn’t as boring as I expected…”]

DVD Review #11: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

February 4, 2010 at 10:35 AM | Posted in Based on a Book, Comedy, DVD Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment

“I dunno about this rewrite. It seems kind of weird that Trillian would recreate a scene from Elf…”

Gee, I’m going to have to admit some bias on this one. I’m a fan of all things Hitchhiker’s. I saw the miniseries when I was a kid. And then actually read the books. Yes, read with my eyes. (That’s “read” in the past tense, which in a perfect world would be “readed” or at least “redd.”) However, I was convinced I WOULDN’T like this. Because it’s a Hollywood adaptation. But is it really? It’s a fairly British production. And Douglas himself wrote most of it. And in fact, it’s pretty good.

[Read More → “It just comes across as bizarre and pointless. Which it is.”]

DVD Review #8: Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)

February 1, 2010 at 6:24 AM | Posted in Based on TV Series, Comedy, DVD Reviews | Leave a comment

Jack Black signs his first Hollywood contract.

The THC intro to this movie is probably the weirdest possible way to test your surround system. And I approve.

[Read More → “… it rocks, from start to finish…”]

DVD Review #5: My Name is Bruce (2007)

January 26, 2010 at 10:49 AM | Posted in Comedy, DVD Reviews, Horror | Leave a comment

The famous, “Where’s my boooooze?” scene from Drunky Trunkerson: Monster Fighter.

This is a muddle of a movie. It’s not funny enough to be a comedy, but it’s not scary enough to be a horror movie. I mean, it’s rated R for “language and some violence.” SOME violence? There are a handful of good jokes here and a couple of forced references, but ironically Bruce made a movie about himself about as bad as all of his other movies. There’s real pacing problems in this, and that’s not a good thing at 84 minutes. The focus on characters and story and backstory is typical. But honestly, shallow movies are generally more entertaining. In a movie with no memorable scenes, and nothing that amusing between them, the story doesn’t mean shit. Look at UHF. Way too much focus on the cookie-cutter story. Look at Snakes on a Plane. The title says it all. There’s snakes on a plane… that’s too much plot!

[Read More → “…you probably could have made three other horror movies with what [this] cost…”]

DVD Review #4: Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (The Chosen Edition) (2002)

January 24, 2010 at 11:11 AM | Posted in Comedy, DVD Reviews | Leave a comment

This is one of those movies where you feel like you should know who the hell made it, but you don’t. Steve Oedekerk is not Bob Odenkirk. An easy mistake to make. He was not on Mr. Show. But whatever he was on, he made Thumb Wars and various other thumb parodies that most people haven’t even heard of. But now you know him as the guy from Kung Pow, so shut up.

[Read More → “Nitpicking the effects is like nitpicking the fonts in Casablanca.”]

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