I have been watching very little TV . I am on a movie binge. Maybe my recent foray into digital video has sparked the interest or maybe my new, larger TV has ruined my eyeballs for normal TV. I need everything in Dolby Surround and widescreen format now that I have an ok TV. If it doesn't have 'extra deleted scenes' and 'directorial commentary' I have an aversion to it. With such videophile lust you would think I would watch better content however.
Here is a bit of background and then the stinkers. I am a comedy lover. Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Kevin Smith and the like. Pretty low brow. Essentially any type of culture and sophistication I try and exude in the rest of my life is left by the wayside when my funny bone gets the remote. I can't help it. For our first date back almost 10 years ago now, I took Allison to see Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. I thought it was funny. What is wrong with me? Anyway, this week Blockbuster has seen a lot of business from the Shellens. I finally watched Best of Show, which was great. The real upside however is that maybe Allison will want to watch the Spinal Tap DVD that has still been in shrinkwrap since Christmas with me now, since she liked Best of Show as well.
Then the picks got sour. Allie and I figured, Dude, Where's my Car? can't be all bad right? We both like and own American Pie and Road Trip. Stiffler's in 'Dude' as well as Ashton Kutcher from 'That's 70s show', so let's do it. It was not at all funny, and I like Dumb and Dumber. I think the worst part was that the movie had horrible, horrible sound effects. Like the whosh, pop, bang that you would expect on an episode of Scooby Doo. The other part is that Stifler doesn't play an a**hole like he does when he is Stifler. It was as if he were going for a very stoned Bill or Ted character and threw in a dose of Screech. Avoid it like the plauge.
Second stinker, Nurse Betty. Chris Rock, Renee Zellwieger, Greg Kinnear... who would have thought they could screw up with this cast. This movie was 110 minutes long, it could have been finished in 70 minutes and should have been. The pacing sucked. Chris Rock and Morgan Freeman were supposed to be hitmen. The director had these long dragging sequences of dialogue between the two where we we were to pick up some insight as to what made them tick. Who cares? Get your Tarantino fantasies out of the way and finish the damn flick already. Seriously, if I had the time I would resplice this movie from the master tapes and would turn it into a decent movie. Whew, stinky... if you do watch this one I would keep my finger on the fast forward button.
At least my comedic movie future is looking bright. There are a couple of films that look pretty good coming out soon. Made, starring Jon Favereau and Vince Vaughn of Swingers fame is opening around the country in limited markets. In late August, Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back will be out, thus completing the New Jersey Trilogy of Clerks, Mallrats and now JSBSB (or was Chasing Amy supposed to be in that trilogy?). On Friday I saw Legally Blond which is a good one for those of you who are still with me at the end of this very long movie rant. Like Clueless but at Harvard. Even the previews for American Pie 2 are looking kind of funny and I thought that one would be a bomb. I guess well see, I may never learn.