August 23, 2008

Pineapple Express

pineappleexpressThe latest product from (Judd) Apa-Town is a perfect fit for the typical Apa-Townie style- loose, silly, and assembled from the funniest bits culled from "improv" riffing. The movie had a very organic feel, in direct contrast with Tropic Thunder, which was tight, too smart, and overly constructed. It's not as quotable as Apato-nnected movies like Anchorman or Talladega Nights, mainly because in Express, all the characters talk simultaneously. I noticed that all the hardcore marijuana jokes drew lots of laughter from a certain segment of the crowd, in the back right corner of the theater. We were all a little surprised at how violent the movie was, but it was hard to stay shocked amongst all the silliness. One character is shot and loses part of his ear. Actually, he doesn't lose the part-- he manages to keep the chunk which got shot off-- but the part isn't attached anymore! (At the Somerville Theater with my wife plus Mandy, Amy, Adam, and two beers inside me!)

August 17, 2008

Tropic Thunder

tropicthunderThe relentlessly insane Robert Downey Jr. saves this overly complicated, overlong comedy.

Tropic Thunder is Galaxy Quest crossed with Platoon: the cast of a Vietnam War movie gets dropped into the authentic Vietnam jungle and has to fake their way through a Missing In Action-style "rescue-the-POW" adventure.

Why does this movie remind me of Galaxy Quest?

  Tropic Thunder Galaxy Quest
Over-the-hill blowhard who gets them all in trouble? Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen)
Captain Kirk reference? Speedman watches classic Star Trek on his iPod for inspiration Allen's entire character is an homage to William Shatner
Classically Trained Actor slumming in genre piece? Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr) Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman)
Classically Trained Actor wears prosthetics? Lazarus has his skin surgically darkened Dane wears latex gill-head to play "Dr. Lazarus"
African-American 'Straight Man'? Alpa Chino (Brandon T Jackson) Tommy Webber (Daryl Mitchell)
(AMC Burlington, with my wife and her sister Sara)