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Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder, directed by Ben Stiller boasts, an impressive cast including Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., JackBlack, Jay Baruchel, Tom Cruise, Nick Nolte, Bill Hader, and many, many more.

The premise is solid and ripe for humor. Although I do not feel the movie lived up to its full potential, it was, nonetheless, a laugh fest. I honestly think it will be one of those comedies that has high re-watch value and gets better with each successive viewing. I just wish they had gone a little more crazy with the script.

I think it’s inevitable to compare Tropic Thunder to Zoolander because of the mocking tone of both films – one a critique of the movie industry, the other a critique of the modeling industry. I think Zoolander wins, simply because it felt a bit more coherent as a whole.

Don’t get me wrong, though – Tropic Thunder was a good flick. I’m already reliving some of the funnier moments with those who I went and saw the movie with, which is always a good sign. One of the things I found especially pleasing was the use of fake trailers at the beginning of the film as a mechanism to prep the story and introduce the characters. It was very reminiscent of Grindhouse.

Cruise, Black, and Downey are especially enjoyable.

7.5/10

As a side note, all the “uproar” about the use of the word “retard” is, well, a bit dumbfounding (no pun, etc. intended).

UPDATE:

A web-based world has been created around Tropic Thunder with nine websites (that I know of) set-up for the actors and made-up movies in the film:

http://www.rainofmadness.com
http://www.tuggspeedman.com
http://www.scorchermovie.com
http://www.kirklazarus.com
http://www.satansalley.com
http://www.jeffportnoy.com
http://www.fatties2.com
http://www.codyeffects.com
http://www.alpa-chino.com

Very funny stuff.


Drunk History

Yesterday I was introduced to this little piece of webtainment featuring Michael Cera, Jack Black, Dereck Waters, and more. Could this be one of the best, if not the best, web series currently up? The answer is in the affirmative.

Here’s the link for all four of the episodes – I believe more are coming; I hope more are coming.

It is so good.

ALSO: Have you seen this? (Note: unrelated to Drunk History, but, nonehteless, very much worth watching – Rock-afire Explosion performing Usher song)

ALSO ALSO: IFC News has uploaded a video of Pineapple Express discussion panel. And here’s a 60 second clip from the film. You can see more videos from the film on RideTheExpress.


KUNG FU PANDA

It’s really good. Seriously, I’m not joking, go see it.


Be Kind Rewind

Be Kind Rewind

Dir. Michel Gondry Writ. Michel Gondry Star. Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, and Melonie Diaz

Pretty good, I’ll say that. I wouldn’t spend my last seven bucks on it, but it’s good for a Sunday afternoon.

Let’s get Gondry out of the way. He does need Kaufman for a whole, cohesive script. Be Kind Rewind’s plot had some of the same flare as Eternal Sunshine. Still, there was some pretty glaring plot holes.

I read some reviews for Be Kind Rewind before I saw it, and I have to agree with their major plot critique on Jack Black being magnetized. I can understand Gondry wanting a magical element to the film, but it was wholly unnecessary, implausible, and confusing. A swarm of bees destroying the videos would have made more sense.

Also, I’m a little confused about Mos Def. Maybe he needs a little more experience as an actor. Maybe his character, Mike, was supposed to be a little slow, a little challenged. There could have been more of the romance between Mos Def and Diaz too.

Complaints aside, it was a good film. It was especially visually pleasing. It has the raw, gritty romanticized feel of Eternal Sunshine. It’s worth seeing for that alone. Plus, it’s funny.

The “Sweden”ed (remake) films were the highlight of the movie. Jack Black brought out his A game for Rush Hour 2 and Driving Miss Daisy.

Anyone who has made a bad home movie will probably get a kick out of Be Kind Rewind.

7/10