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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Even though the movie Bruno came out a few months ago, I have just had the displeasure of seeing it recently. I say displeasure because, well, it was awful…and I completely understand why it was banned in several countries.

Sacha Baron Cohen is hilarious. I love the sick and twisted humor he brought in his two earlier movies, Ali G Indahouse and Borat. But I think that perhaps he went a little overboard in Bruno. I don’t know too many people who can handle watching two men have sex, let alone watching one of them being catapulted into the other one’s bum.

I’ve watched Bruno’s character on the Ali G show many times and was highly amused, but I’m rethinking that now. He’s good in small doses, but when you have to sit through an hour and a half of his nonsense, things can get a little old. Throughout the movie, I kept getting progressively more annoyed at his character. I even tried to watch some of the extra features at the end, but then sourly gave up.

As far as the actual plot of the movie goes, it’s pretty much the same as Borat. A foreign celebrity travels to America to become famous. He meets all different kinds of people and makes a huge ass out of himself in the process. He deeply offends costars and audience members. Yep, sounds like the same plot line to me.

It’s also amusing that Bruno is following in the footsteps of Borat in that Cohen has been sued. According to the Wall Street Journal, ‘Ayman Abu Aita filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia federal court last week against Cohen, talk show host David Letterman and others for slander and libel. Abu Aita is seeking $110 million dollars in damages after Cohen appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and spoke about finding and meeting a terrorist in a secret location. Cohen’s film “Bruno” identified Aita as a ”terrorist group leader al-aqsa martyrs brigade,” which Aita says isn’t true.’

So, to conclude…if you are in any way offended by homosexuality, don’t see this movie. Perhaps if you’re one of those sick individuals with a twisted sense of humor, you might enjoy. As for me, I’m saying “No thanks, Bruno.”

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

As an avid reader of Carl Hiaasen books, I can say that none of his books have ever let me down. I’ve read five of his great eco-friendly novels now, but for some reason, the sixth one just isn’t catching me.

Not the greatest Hiaasen book, but still worth a read. Photo from filedby.com.

Not the greatest Hiaasen book, but still worth a read. Photo from filedby.com.

Double Whammy takes place, as always, in sunny Florida. Well, mostly. (This novel switches a bit to Louisiana, too.) The plot thickens when a famous local bass fisherman is suspected of cheating to win bass tournaments throughout the state. Private investigator Decker is hired to take on the case, but the events in this case go way beyond his usual assignments.

When the famous fisherman is discovered murdered days before a big tournament, someone tries to frame Decker for the crime. All the while, he is still in love with his ex-wife, is seduced by the real killer’s sister, and must try to pull off escaping from the cops long enough to prove his innocence.

The characters in this book are colorful, to say the least. Most of Hiaasen’s characters are. However, there is one in particular that keeps coming back in many of the novels — ex-Florida governor Clinton Tyree, who nows goes by either the name Skink or Captain. He is a crazed environmentalist who eats fresh roadkill, shoots a gun at airplanes, and badly punishes anyone who dares to get caught hurting nature.

In the case of this book, I think Skink may be one of the only reasons I’m still intrigued. I am always curious to see what he’ll do next. Perhaps it’s the fact that the story is about a bass tournament that has turned me off. I’m just having a hard time grasping this story.

But hey, it’s all about opinion. If you like Carl Hiaasen, by all means, read this book. You might love the fishy story!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I sat through Dewey Cox and told myself that I’d never see it again. However, that soon changed after a loved one decided to buy the movie when it came out on disc and I saw it again. You know, I thought, it’s not so bad. Just really silly.

John C. Reilly will take the role as the lead vampire in a freak show in 'Cirque du Freak.' Photo from product-reviews.net.

John C. Reilly will take the role as the lead vampire in a freak show in 'Cirque du Freak.' Photo from product-reviews.net.

I received Stepbrothers as one of my May Netflix movies and laughed sidesplittingly hard throughout the whole thing. I thought, maybe it’s just this funny because I’m a Will Ferrell fan. But no, there was something about the way one of the other character acted that really got me.

John C. Reilly. He’s your man when you want to watch something mindless and utterly ridiculous.

But today I watched the HD trailer for “Cirque du Freak,” Reilly’s latest movie, and I was a little bit disappointed. It didn’t seem silly…well maybe a little. The fact that he plays a role as a vampire in a freak show is silly indeed, but not like the other loveable goofball characters he has played in the past.

The movie revolves around a young boy who goes to a freak show, meets and vampire (played by John C. Reilly), and then decides he wants to become one and continue his life performing in the freak show. Strange, no?

Cirque du Freak is slated to come out October 23, 2009, so I guess we’ll have to wait a while to see how things turn out with this film. Check out all the movie details at IMDB.com.

All I’m saying is that I want to see more silliness from John C. Reilly. I crave it like a vampire craves blood…at a freak show.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Whether you love him or hate him (there’s usually no in between) Michael Moore has been involved in worldwide entertainment for many years. He is the creator of such controversial documentaries Fahrenheit 911, Bowling for Columbine, and his latest endeavour, Sicko.

Michael Moore's new comedy festival will definitely turn some heads. Photo from mifilmtourage.com.

Michael Moore's new comedy festival will definitely turn some heads. Photo from mifilmtourage.com.

These days, it seems that Moore has retreated a bit from the highly opinionated, passionate films. He now has plans in the works for a comedy festival in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan.

Enter the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival. The weekend long festival will feature comedy stand up, sketches, and movies, along with various other entertainment. Moore will have help in creating the new fest — his buddy Jeff Garlin (of the television show Curb Your Enthusiasm) will be one of the organizers as well.

This will be the second festival Moore has started in Michigan. He is also the creator of the Traverse City Film Festival, which just so happens to end today.

There is little information being released about the new festival, but as the event is planned, I’m sure we will be hearing more news from Moore.

Perhaps this is a good thing for the actor/activist. I mean, he sure did manage to piss off a lot of people with his past films. Sometimes, it may be easier to take a break and enjoy the comedy instead of create it.

(I’m still secretly waiting for his next film.)

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Have you ever been scanning pictures anywhere on the internet and come across a picture of a cat with some sort of badly spelled sentence on it? Weird, I know, but if you have, you’ve just stumbled across an infamous LOL cat.

I’m sure many people have seen countless LOL cats, or maybe have even been to the  LOL cat website, I Can Has Cheezburger. The site features daily updates of new and improved LOL cat pictures. Some are posted, while others are created right there on the site. (That’s the cool part — you can take a regular old picture of a cat right off the site, and then put it through the LOL cat builder to make your own picture. I’ve done it. Don’t judge me.)

This is one of my all time favorites.

This is one of my all time favorites.

When it comes down to it, LOL cats are funny. They entertain us. They make us laugh. They can even pick you up when you’re feeling down. But the real question is — Should we consider an LOL cat a form of art?

You could argue yes. There is quite the creative process happening with each picture. Not only do we rely on the photographer to provide us with something hilarious, but we also must then come up with some sort of witty caption…and include horrible grammar, of course.

You could also argue no. You could say it’s just another ludicrous thing we have created to entertain ourselves out of boredom. Some people, and I won’t judge too harshly here, have taken the LOL cat a little too far. I was curiously interested to find out that some of these people have taken the time to translate the entire bible into LOL cat speak. (That’s the horrible spelling language on all the pictures.) If you really want to go that far, check it out.

But, not to get off topic. Do you think LOLz are a modern form of art? What’s your favorite LOL cat? You can tell me. I won’t judge you.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

What can you say about Sacha Baron Cohen? Sometimes, he’s really offensive. Sometimes, he’s really hilarious. One thing is for sure — he’s always out of his mind. That pretty much describes his next movie, Bruno.

Meet Bruno, the Australian homosexual news reporter. Image from filmonic.com.

Meet Bruno, the Australian homosexual news reporter. Image from filmonic.com.

Because Borat was such a well-known movie, it seems that Cohen had a lot to pull off this time around. He was already known for setting up crazy antics and not cluing any of his co-stars in on the fun.

Whether you liked Borat or you were offended by it, you have to admit that it was a definite hit at the box office. Setting up that kind of fan base and then making another movie with a similar setup is not an easy task.

Having not seen Bruno yet, I honestly don’t know what to expect. I’ve heard from those who have watched it that things appeared more staged in this movie than any of his other movies. If this is the case, it might have to do with the fact that Cohen was sued numerous times over by many of the bystanders in Borat. To make that kind of unrest would be unwise a second time around.

Either way, I have to give it to Sacha Baron Cohen. His creativity may be crude, but it certainly is entertaining.

What do you think about Bruno?

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UPDATE: (7/15/09) This just in — Bruno has been banned in Ukraine. The movie contained too much sex for them to bear. Read the full article from Yahoo! News here.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Laughing my ass off only touches the surface of how much giddiness ‘The Hangover’ made me feel when I saw it last weekend. Seriously, half the people in the theater with me were so close to dying of laughter I thought they might fall out of their seats and croak by only halfway through the movie. Of course, you might want to leave the kids home for this one.

The movie starts with three friends who are having a bachelor party for their soon-to-be-married buddy. It works it’s way backwards, giving the audience a small snippet of what happens at the end of their debauchery, and then starts from the beginning, where the guys are left trying to piece together what they did the night before. Thanks to Allen, played by hilarious Zach Galifianakis, the boys accidentally swallowed some rufies the night before.

In this crude, yet often side splitting comedy, the three friends travel down the Las Vegas strip, gathering any and all information about what they might have done up until that morning, when they wake up in their suite with Mike Tyson’s tiger locked in the bathroom.

I don’t want to give too much more away, but definitely go see this if you are able. Keep in mind that it’s sick and crude humor is not suitable for young children. Naked Chinese men, strippers, and unmentionable other things might not be good for those little eyes to see!

Yuck it up. I’m definitely buying this one when it comes out.

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