27 February 2009

Heartbreak Kid

The ending of this movie is fantastic. The 20 minutes leading up to the ending are about as convoluted as they could possibly be.

There's something to be said for sticking to the formula.

Not the Farelly Brothers best, but how could it be? But their worst is still better than Apatow's best.

Ha. Two in a row.

Hamlet 2

I've seen this once in the theatre and this is fantastic. Seriously underrated.

One of the funniest movies out there and it didn't get any press. "Rock me sexy Jesus." Oh man. So bad and so good at the same time.

Elizabeth Shue is great and the film is awkward without being Judd Apatow awkward.

22 February 2009

Out of Towners (1970)

Because I would never subject myself to the trash that is a Steve Martin remake, I will never see the 1999 slapstick flop that is one of Neil Simon's best scripts.

Jack Lemon plays George Kellerman ranting and raving his way through 16 hours of hellish travel (of which I'm sure Plains, Trains, and Automobiles gains its inspiration) trying to get to a job interview in NYC. Everything goes wrong from minute six of this film, as Jack Lemon fails to plan for the worse AND insists that he is always in the right. It is a comedy of errors on a scale that cannot be measured.

I saw this several times as a kid and I was recently reminded by my weird brain to see it again. Thank you Netflix for your love.

Sandy Dennis plays the wife — in a magical role that will be forever underrated — following Kellerman in a stark-mad series of follies that would make Peter Sellers stand up and clap. The final moments in the hotel are very sweet as well and I can't beleive I just typed that… because I would typically barf in such a moment, but all the parties present really "bring it" in this film.

ASIDE: If anyone has seen this, can you explain to me how they do that manhole cover gag without someone getting hurt? Seriously. I'm stunned.

The Ladykillers 1955/2004

I watched both films, back to back. And I hate to sound like a froward reviewer, but the original is better. Don't get me wrong, the Cohen brothers did something interesting with the new one, but it's just enough changing around and mixing up that it breaks apart what's so good about the original.

Irma P. Hall is fantastic in her role, but Katie Johnson in the original is so understated and amazing… I can't even compare it to anything else. As far as "old lady" roles go, that one stands above them all.

The original has Alec Guiness and a handful of B+ characters. The new one has Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons (so good), and a handful of B- characters. It's hard to compare the two. Hanks' performance is one of his best, but how do you compete with the sheer genius of Obi-Wan?

Oh. By the way, the plot is like drinking Asahi. You don't even notice it going down until it's all gone. So good.