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Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
I can see why this is somewhat of a cult classic now. The filmmakers were obviously trying to capture their youths as well as the films of the 70s and 80s, and I think they succeeded. I wouldn’t say it’s a great film by any stretch, but it was fun. The truly bizarre and ridiculous scenes made me laugh the most. The cast is good, with several actors who weren’t famous at the time, but are now, like Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper. A prequel mini-series on Netflix is apparently being worked on now, which sounds like a pretty fun idea to me.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

I can see why this is somewhat of a cult classic now. The filmmakers were obviously trying to capture their youths as well as the films of the 70s and 80s, and I think they succeeded. I wouldn’t say it’s a great film by any stretch, but it was fun. The truly bizarre and ridiculous scenes made me laugh the most. The cast is good, with several actors who weren’t famous at the time, but are now, like Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper. A prequel mini-series on Netflix is apparently being worked on now, which sounds like a pretty fun idea to me.

MOVIE REVIEWS: They Came Together, From Here to Eternity

They Came Together (2014)
This was a really fun parody movie of romantic comedies. It nails all the stereotypical elements and clichés that go on in those films, while actually kind of succeeding in being one itself. Its true strength is in its cast, particularly in the case of Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, who are fantastic together. I could watch Poehler being silly all day. I wouldn’t say it was absolutely hilarious from beginning to end, and some of the jokes do start to wear thin, but it still had me laughing more than most contemporary comedy films. Recommended.

They Came Together (2014)

This was a really fun parody movie of romantic comedies. It nails all the stereotypical elements and clichés that go on in those films, while actually kind of succeeding in being one itself. Its true strength is in its cast, particularly in the case of Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, who are fantastic together. I could watch Poehler being silly all day. I wouldn’t say it was absolutely hilarious from beginning to end, and some of the jokes do start to wear thin, but it still had me laughing more than most contemporary comedy films. Recommended.

Anchorman 2: The Legend 
Continues (2013)
I know that a lot of people consider Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) to be one of the greatest comedies of all time - but I don’t. I like the overall concept, I like lots of the actors, and it is pretty damn funny sometimes. However, I just think it’s overrated. That’s all there is to it. Therefore, I didn’t go into this with a lot of enthusiasm, but I actually quite enjoyed it. I guess it’s probably not as good as the first one, but I think this is something true fans should judge, not me. I thought it was a pretty fun sequel though. I liked the commentary on the state of news today, but the film did feel like a bunch of plots strung together with not much of an overall story. Steve Carell as Brick is still my favourite character - he’s hilarious. David Koechner, on the other hand, is not - he’s painfully unfunny and clearly the weak link. My favourite part was probably the scene with the crazy amount of awesome cameos. Some of the humour was great, some of it really fell flat, but I though it was a worthy sequel and I definitely liked it more than I thought I would.

Anchorman 2: The Legend

Continues (2013)

I know that a lot of people consider Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) to be one of the greatest comedies of all time - but I don’t. I like the overall concept, I like lots of the actors, and it is pretty damn funny sometimes. However, I just think it’s overrated. That’s all there is to it. Therefore, I didn’t go into this with a lot of enthusiasm, but I actually quite enjoyed it. I guess it’s probably not as good as the first one, but I think this is something true fans should judge, not me. I thought it was a pretty fun sequel though. I liked the commentary on the state of news today, but the film did feel like a bunch of plots strung together with not much of an overall story. Steve Carell as Brick is still my favourite character - he’s hilarious. David Koechner, on the other hand, is not - he’s painfully unfunny and clearly the weak link. My favourite part was probably the scene with the crazy amount of awesome cameos. Some of the humour was great, some of it really fell flat, but I though it was a worthy sequel and I definitely liked it more than I thought I would.

This is the End (2013)
It wasn’t as funny as I was hoping for, but I kind of expected that. I always love when celebrities play exaggerated versions of themselves, so I really enjoyed that aspect of the film. It was cool having this group of guys, who are clearly great friends in real life, just having fun making a dumb comedy movie. Apart from the main cast, there were lots of fun cameos too, some of which were used to great effect. I wish they had been a bit more adventurous with the plot - they stayed in the same location far too long. Some of the green-screen effects were awful, but the actual CGI was decent. Some of the jokes worked, some didn’t, and it drag in the middle, but I liked it overall. In any case, I left the cinema on a real high note, because the ending was actually pretty amazing - it was hilarious, unexpected and so much fun.

This is the End (2013)

It wasn’t as funny as I was hoping for, but I kind of expected that. I always love when celebrities play exaggerated versions of themselves, so I really enjoyed that aspect of the film. It was cool having this group of guys, who are clearly great friends in real life, just having fun making a dumb comedy movie. Apart from the main cast, there were lots of fun cameos too, some of which were used to great effect. I wish they had been a bit more adventurous with the plot - they stayed in the same location far too long. Some of the green-screen effects were awful, but the actual CGI was decent. Some of the jokes worked, some didn’t, and it drag in the middle, but I liked it overall. In any case, I left the cinema on a real high note, because the ending was actually pretty amazing - it was hilarious, unexpected and so much fun.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 
(2012)
I feel very conflicted about this film. There were good things about it, and then were bad things about it, and I just can’t make up my mind how I feel about it overall. There were probably more things I didn’t like, to be honest. The characters were far too hipster, for one. Way too much quirkiness going on. The dialogue wasn’t very good and filled with cliches. I thought Logan Lerman was severely lacking in charisma and Emma Watson was just bad and not natural at all. Her character was the manic pixie dream girl trope incarnate. I straight-up hated some of the film, really. It wasn’t all bad though. Ezra Miller was good, and in a completely different way to his amazing performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). Near the end, it got quite dark and interesting. It was a little too late though, and it still ended as a film to comfort teenagers in their confusion and misery of adolescence.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

(2012)

I feel very conflicted about this film. There were good things about it, and then were bad things about it, and I just can’t make up my mind how I feel about it overall. There were probably more things I didn’t like, to be honest. The characters were far too hipster, for one. Way too much quirkiness going on. The dialogue wasn’t very good and filled with cliches. I thought Logan Lerman was severely lacking in charisma and Emma Watson was just bad and not natural at all. Her character was the manic pixie dream girl trope incarnate. I straight-up hated some of the film, really. It wasn’t all bad though. Ezra Miller was good, and in a completely different way to his amazing performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). Near the end, it got quite dark and interesting. It was a little too late though, and it still ended as a film to comfort teenagers in their confusion and misery of adolescence.

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
Yeah, this was pretty goddamn bad. A lot worse than I expected. I pretty much only watched it because I like several of the actors in it, but I’m not sure they were really worth it at all. It’s a good 20 minutes or more too long. It tries desperately to inject drama and emotion into the story and it just doesn’t work one bit. But probably the worst part of it was that it wasn’t funny, which is pretty disappointing when it’s supposed to be a comedy. I don’t think I truly laughed once. I say avoid this one.

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

Yeah, this was pretty goddamn bad. A lot worse than I expected. I pretty much only watched it because I like several of the actors in it, but I’m not sure they were really worth it at all. It’s a good 20 minutes or more too long. It tries desperately to inject drama and emotion into the story and it just doesn’t work one bit. But probably the worst part of it was that it wasn’t funny, which is pretty disappointing when it’s supposed to be a comedy. I don’t think I truly laughed once. I say avoid this one.

I just finished season 3 of Louie. Thoughts:
This was the best season of Louie yet.
I really like Louis CK’s comedy and sense of humour, but that’s not all this show is.
There’s a lot of heart and introspection that you just don’t get in most comedy shows.
A lot of the episodes weren’t even that funny, but instead shone light on Louie’s character and how he sees the world.
There were so many great guest stars this season, from Parker Posey to Robin Williams to David Lynch to Amy Poehler. It was really cool.
It’s a shame we won’t be seeing any new episodes until 2014.

I just finished season 3 of Louie. Thoughts:

  • This was the best season of Louie yet.
  • I really like Louis CK’s comedy and sense of humour, but that’s not all this show is.
  • There’s a lot of heart and introspection that you just don’t get in most comedy shows.
  • A lot of the episodes weren’t even that funny, but instead shone light on Louie’s character and how he sees the world.
  • There were so many great guest stars this season, from Parker Posey to Robin Williams to David Lynch to Amy Poehler. It was really cool.
  • It’s a shame we won’t be seeing any new episodes until 2014.
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
The major reason I wanted to watch this was for several members of the cast whom I like. And they were all good. Other than that, I don’t have a lot to say. It wasn’t bad at all, just nothing special. I wish it had been a bit funnier, but I don’t think they were trying that hard for laughs. Its message was okay, I suppose, if a bit obvious. Yeah, it was pleasant, but never elevated itself beyond that.

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

The major reason I wanted to watch this was for several members of the cast whom I like. And they were all good. Other than that, I don’t have a lot to say. It wasn’t bad at all, just nothing special. I wish it had been a bit funnier, but I don’t think they were trying that hard for laughs. Its message was okay, I suppose, if a bit obvious. Yeah, it was pleasant, but never elevated itself beyond that.


Clueless (1995)
P365 Film #220
This is somewhat of an iconic 90s film that I never saw in the 90s. Although, I was probably a bit young when it came out anyway. It seems a bit dated now, but it’s a fun little movie that doesn’t take itself seriously, which is nice. It has several actors that weren’t really big at the time but got bigger later, like Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd and Donald Faison. While watching, I kept thinking that the plot didn’t feel ‘big’ enough, and would better suit a TV show. It turns out, it was a TV show that ran from 1996 until 1999. I feel like I was vaguely aware of this, but I’d forgotten by the time I watched the film. It only had some of the same cast members, and I don’t really know if it was any good, but yeah. I can’t say it was good, but it was cute and sometimes funny. 

Clueless (1995)

P365 Film #220

This is somewhat of an iconic 90s film that I never saw in the 90s. Although, I was probably a bit young when it came out anyway. It seems a bit dated now, but it’s a fun little movie that doesn’t take itself seriously, which is nice. It has several actors that weren’t really big at the time but got bigger later, like Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd and Donald Faison. While watching, I kept thinking that the plot didn’t feel ‘big’ enough, and would better suit a TV show. It turns out, it was a TV show that ran from 1996 until 1999. I feel like I was vaguely aware of this, but I’d forgotten by the time I watched the film. It only had some of the same cast members, and I don’t really know if it was any good, but yeah. I can’t say it was good, but it was cute and sometimes funny.