Thursday, March 15, 2012

My Week In Movies - February Wrap Up

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) There's a fine line between making a totally stupid movie and a stupid movie that knows what it's doing. I'm happy to say that this is one of the good ones.

The Prize Fighter (1979) Tim Conway (easily still one of my favorite actors) and Don Knotts appeared in 6 films together. This depression area boxing comedy was the only one of the six I hadn't seen. Overall, not a great film but Mr. Conway can do no wrong.

Brain Donors (1992) I've always loved this remake of The Marx Brothers' A Night At the Opera. I'm really surprised this hasn't become more of a cult classic over the years, but if you like funny, funny movies - find a copy of this great movie and watch it.

Puss In Boots (2011) Very slightly better than average outing for the Dreamworks crew. Shrek's buddy Puss gets his own backstory which is actually well told with some exciting action sequences and plenty of gentle humor spread throughout.

Night Patrol (1984) This is one of the major Police Academy rip-offs that I had not seen. I actually remember my dad telling me about it when he saw it late at night on HBO when I was a kid. There's some solid humor tucked in this movie, but instead of a Police Academy clone, at it's heart the film is really a staring vehicle for The Unknown Comic - a guy who told joke wearing a brown paper bag over his head. He was a real celebrity back in the early 80's...and somebody thought they should capture it all on film. Doesn't mean I had to watch it some 25 years later!?

February Movie Count: 23
Best New Movie: Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
Best Rewatch: Brain Donors
Worst Movie: Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star
2012 Movie Count: 45

Sunday, March 04, 2012

My Week In Movies - Snap Snap

Saturday The 14th (1981) This is one of those movies that I have fond memories of watching a zillion times on HBO when I was a kid. I haven't seen this one in a real long time, it seems to have fallen quite our of circulation. There was an old VHS release and it still hasn't seen the light of day in the digital age. I was stoked when it popped up on Netflix Instant a few weeks ago. It's not quite the comic gem I recall, but it's not a bad flick about a family moving into an old haunted house and all hell breaks loose before long. The title is probably the only thing that's kept it in the memories of people for so long. The print Netflix is using appears to be from the VHS release, complete with super-outdated looking FBI warning.

Addams Family Values (1993) One of the rare instances where the sequel in WAY better than the original. The second (and final big screen outing) for the Addams' find Fester falling prey to a homicidal seductress. It's fast paced, very funny with really solid one lines and a terrific secondary plot which sends Wednesday and Pugsly off to a summer camp for privileged kids. Good stuff all around.

The Change-Up (2011) This is a neat take on the ol' body-switching movie. Usually, it's parent and kid who switch bodies, but this time they take two best buddies in their 30's. One is married with a high pressure job, wife and kids and the other is a dope smoking, goof off ladies man. The results are pretty darn funny, however at over 100 minutes the film looses a little steam in it's final act. Still, a solid R-rated laugh if you're in the mood for one.
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