12.26.2007

lots of laughs

Three funny movies in a row! That's not a common occurence around here. "Shaun of the Dead", "The Simpsons Movie", and last night, "Hot Fuzz". Thanks to everyone who recommended Hot Fuzz. Terrific movie.

20 comments:

M@ said...

I'm so glad you liked it! It was the most enjoyable movie I saw this year, I think.

And seeing three really funny movies in a row -- that's not easy these days!

L-girl said...

And seeing three really funny movies in a row -- that's not easy these days!

Hen's teeth.

We need to update that cliche. Consciences in Congress?

Jere said...

I'm glad to hear you liked SotD and HF. I'm a huge SotD fan, and I was psyched to hear about HF--but when I saw the previews, it didn't look that good. Even though I can't possibly imagine that it wouldn't be good. So if you liked Sean, and then liked Fuzz, too, I guess that's a good sign. Gotta see Fuzz soon.

I saw the documentary "Kiss Loves You" last night. Pretty funny. And a lot of good deleted scenes.

redsock said...

I did not enjoy HF as much as L did. It was okay, SotD was much better.

But The Simpsons was much better than I was expected.

L-girl said...

Jere, I don't know if you saw my recent short post on Shaun of the Dead, but I had been meaning to see it since it first came out. I finally did b/c I wanted to see it before I saw Hot Fuzz.

Hot Fuzz is more produced, has more of a big-budget feel, than Shaun, but that didn't detract from it (for me).

I don't think I could sit through Kiss Loves You on any level, although I've heard many good things about it.

Jere said...

Even though I'm here every day, I missed your SotD post! Such a hilarious movie. I love the little eyebrow-raise Shaun does while he lifts the glass when they show the final proposed plan.

L-girl said...

You are here every day? I'm honoured. :)

Jere said...

Of course! And I see that it was the first post of a Three Post Day, which means that day I must have assumed there couldn't have been more new stuff beyond the top two posts and didn't keep scrolling down.

By the way, I don't know if you saw this, but that thing with the rape victim that was "sentenced" to lashes and prison--she was pardoned. Sometimes justice really is served.

Jere said...

Also, just wondering why you couldn't sit through Kiss Loves you....

L-girl said...

By the way, I don't know if you saw this, but that thing with the rape victim that was "sentenced" to lashes and prison--she was pardoned. Sometimes justice really is served.

I don't know which case you mean, there were several. I believe I did hear about a pardon for someone. I'm not sure we can call that justice, but thank something. (And thanks for telling me.)

Also, just wondering why you couldn't sit through Kiss Loves you....

No interest?

M@ said...

We need to update that cliche. Consciences in Congress?

I don't know if that qualifies as an update -- I'm pretty sure hen's teeth have been found more recently...

I was psyched to hear about HF--but when I saw the previews, it didn't look that good.

Jere, my wife and I had the same reservations going in, and we haven't seen SotD yet. It looked like a stupid, madcap, slapstick comedy -- like an English Super Troopers, say.

Happily, this was not the case. The trailer was made for the movie industry. The movie was made for the people who are watching it. Definitely don't let the trailer scare you away.

L-girl said...

The trailer was made for the movie industry. The movie was made for the people who are watching it.

I increasingly find that trailers do not represent the content or feel of movies. (I wrote this in a comment earlier in this thread and deleted it!)

It seems that trailers come through a cookie-cutter production with only a few possible shapes, and every movie is squeezed through those forms.

If you like independent films and non-cookie-cutter movies, the trailers are completely useless.

M@ said...

It seems that trailers come through a cookie-cutter production with only a few possible shapes, and every movie is squeezed through those forms.

Trailers for comedies are, by law, required to include the following elements:

1. record scratch sound effect
2. obvious profanity obscured by non-obvious sound effect (poss #1)
3. change to uplifting acoustic guitar soundtrack at approx 3/4 point
4. music by Steppenwolf (pref. Magic Carpet Ride)
5. partial male nudity

I saw three or four trailers last night on one of my very rare trips to the moving-pictures, and I wanted to see precisely zero of them. No wonder I, too, usually wait for the DVD...

L-girl said...

Ha! Very good, M@.

I always think of the voices - those same three voice-over actors who do all the trailers.

There's the booming action voice: "In a world..." and the British-cultured-pseudo-literary-film voice: "She was an ordinary schoolteacher from a small Scottish village..."

M@ said...

I always think of the voices - those same three voice-over actors who do all the trailers.

It's almost that few. Though I like Don LaFontaine, the "in a world" guy. He's absolutely ubiquitous and, in interviews, an interesting and engaging guy.

The trailer for Jerry Seinfeld's movie Comedian was a really good sendup of trailers, come to think of it. That was Don LaFontaine. Worth checking out -- surely it's YouTubeable.

L-girl said...

The trailer for Jerry Seinfeld's movie Comedian was a really good sendup of trailers, come to think of it.

I remember that, it was very good. I liked the movie, too.

But speaking of the same old trailers, endless hype and ADVERTISING ubiquity, I won't see Seinfeld's bee movie. Not for a long time, anyway. The hype was out of control.

That's cool that you know who the voice-over actors are. My mom is great with voices, she always recognizes people doing ads or cartoons. I try to - I can get really obvious ones like Kelsey Grammar or Albert Brooks in The Simposns Movie - but I'm not as perceptive that way.

Jere said...

"My mom is great with voices, she always recognizes people doing ads "

We'll be sitting watching TV, and I'll scare Kim by suddenly yelling "Kevin Spacey!" like two seconds into a commercial that I've recognized as him doing the voiceover. It's amazing how many of these actors do them.

Trailers--indeed, so many movies lately, I've seen way after they came out, only to say, "I wish the commercials had told me this is what the movie was about. I would've seen it sooner!"

Another thing about trailers. I like to watch and take note of how often there will be one shot of a female (this is usually for action-type films), and she'll be half-naked, just standing there or lying there, doing absolutely nothing except just "being there for your pleasure," I guess. It's so ridiculous.

So, has anyone seen "No Country"? I recommend it if you like fucked-up crazy shit. Seriously. I was reading about it today, after having seen it a few weeks back, and I started wishing I was back in the theater watching it again.

L-girl said...

So, has anyone seen "No Country"?

I don't think I could be paid enough to see that. I used to love Cormac McCarthy. Now I can't read him, and I would never see any movie made from his books.

Jere said...

Did you like any of the other Coen Brothers movies?

L-girl said...

Did you like any of the other Coen Brothers movies?

Only Fargo comes to mind. I really liked that. There might be another that I'm not remembering.

I don't automatically avoid Coen Brothers' movies the way I do, say, David Cronenberg's, but I don't expect to be interested in them.