Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Upside Down Views

A new blog about sports, tv, pop culter: It's called Upside Down Views blog

Monday, January 09, 2012

Really over a year?

I think my blog has flat out been given up on!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Grown Ups

Grown UpsI was a little leery of this movie because of the big cast of 'funny men'. Luckily it worked for them. This movie was pretty funny and felt pretty good. Just like a couple of guys riffing on each other. The premise is simple and basically it is a buddy movie and devolves into these guys just riffing with no real structure in the script. You could tell much of the movie was off the cuff lines. The extra scenes show this as the scenes have many takes with different lines. This leads to funny extra scenes.

The one thing that stood out to me was the inclusion of Kevin James. The rest of the guys are all old SNL guys and it really leads you to wonder if that role was written for Chris Farley. Not that I exactly see Farley sliding into the same role that James played but you can't help and wonder when you see the rotund physical comedian James play this role.

If you saw the previous and thought this movie would be funny than you should see it. It lived up to my expectations, though didn't necessarily exceeded them.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Away We Go

Away We GoThis movie had a very indie feel to it. I'm pretty sure I don't mean that as a compliment. The movie had some nice chuckles, no real laugh out loud moments. Frankly, I was bored watching it. It wasn't a real challenging movie. They went out looking for the perfect family. No real shock when they decide they can't find the perfect family. I guess they will just have to make their own perfect family just by being themselves and loving each other! Yup, it is really that simple. Oh, and I really don't like the Gyllenhaals. Maggie is just a weirdo and she makes me uncomfortable.

You can probably pass on seeing this movie.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Men Who Stare at GoatsThis movie was just not as funny as I had thought it might be. Some slap stick laughs and a couple of sight gags but overall it was a lame attempt. Kind of a muddled plot and I'm not exactly sure what the underlying messages were that the movie was trying to put across. I'll assume it is an anti-military message since it is from Hollywood. ZING! But seriously it is like this movie just wanted to point out that the US military/government has invested time and money in research of extreme, and often odd, things such as ESP and acid.

Again, I was disappointed with this movie and its lack of cohesion and humor.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Get Him to the Greek

Get Him to the GreekWhen this movie first came out I thought it might be good for a laugh or two but I never got around to seeing it. Then my friends had begun raving about how good it was, so I made it a priority to see.

Turns out my friends were right. I thought this movie was hilarious. The lines they wrote for Puff Daddy were absolutely hilarious. Russell Brand is just the perfect person to play a stereotypical British rock star. Sure it's pretty much the same role as the one he played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (a movie that is given a shout out in Greek, not surprising since its made by the same people!) and knocked out of the park.

The movie gets a little sappy and cheesy at the end as they all learn valuable life lessons. That is kind of a trait of Apatow movies. 3/4 of the movie is hilarious and then the last quarter turns into cheesy wrap ups.

All in all this movie is definitely a must see just for Puff Daddy's lines. He isn't a great actor by any means but these lines are just GREAT for him.


Friday, November 19, 2010

The Invention of Lying

The Invention of LyingI wasn't sure if I was going to like this movie going into it. The beginning of the movie didn't real lead me to believe it was going to be all that good either. By the end of the movie I was laughing pretty good. It's a fun concept and allows writers some wiggle room for silly jokes.

The thing that bothered me about this movie and "Liar Liar", which had a similar plot, was the fact that they show people saying unnecessary truths. Just because you can't lie doesn't mean you would say mean and hurtful things even if you felt them. Kind of the difference between not lying and not saying. Either way this concern was quickly alleviated for me when it becomes clear that saying these truths is more of a characteristic of this "no lying" world. Once I got over that I was able to enjoy the movie more.

The movie itself is pretty simple but it does have some underlying messages even if they do get some what mottled and don't fully evolve in this movie. It's almost as if they wanted to get a bit deeper with the movie but ended up leaving the conclusions on the cutting room floor.

In the end this movie becomes a delightful romp with plenty of laughs even if some are cheap jokes provided by the main no-lies concept.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3The gang is back! Honestly we all should know what to expect from Pixar movies by now. They are going to be well written and visually well done. This was no exception.

The great thing that Pixar is able to do with their movies is keep them well animated and silly for the kids but at the same time mix in great humor for the adults that keeps them entertained. Not only did Toy Story 3 work for me as a comedy movie and not just a kids movie I was also touched by the story as it got very sad at parts.

If you liked the previous Toy Story movies then you really need to see the third and final movie. It really ties the story line together neatly.


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