Posts Tagged ‘comedy’
Last Updated on Wednesday, 5 September 2012 07:45 Written by vika Wednesday, 5 September 2012 07:23
It was my third SMEx event in total (first one being Predators from more than two years ago) and I was lucky enough to be told “It’s your turn this time” when we got out of the cinema. I got quite excited at first, but then it turned out it was my turn to write a review Yay… So here it is:
“Ted” is funny and smart comedy filmed by the creator of such animated sitcoms like “Family Guy” and “American Dad,” Seth MacFarlane. The main characters of the movie reflect the contemporary style of the young generation: carelessness, immaturity and unwillingness to give up bad habits. At the same time the movie is full of irony concerning various social issues, religion, work, politics.
“Ted” is full of jokes sometimes stupid but funny anyway. You can watch it either with your friends or with your boyfriend/girlfriend. In general, if you like sex, drugs and … teddy bears, the movie is worth seeing. “Ted” perfectly combines the desire to amuse the audience and the desire to tell the audience a story and make them think. This is the main advantage of this film. All in all, I would say you should watch this movie if you’ve got not much else to do.
Last Updated on Sunday, 5 December 2010 10:31 Written by olegm Friday, 3 December 2010 07:53
Oh man, some of us have been waiting for this movie for almost a year now, I believe. Right after I got to know that an awesome mock trailer to a fake movie is going to be all real, I was sold. Then my expectations sky rocketed even more after the first official trailer. Just think about it: having Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Don Johnson and Jeff Fahey together with Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan in one movie, shooting and chopping each other in any possible and impossible way was an indication of something epic. Almost as The Expandables, but better
I need to give special credit to Robert Rodriguez here for choosing Danny Trejo to play the main role. He has that unmistakeable face that appears to have years and years of horrible experiences carved onto it. A face that is mean and somewhat charming at the same time.
He is a Mexican Federale, whose name is Machete, because that’s his weapon of choice. He tries to be a good cop, but loses his family, then gets set up and nearly dies. That’s when Machete gets really pissed off and puts his revenge on every single bad guy on his way in a truly spectacular way. Must also say that all violent killing scenes throughout the movie are nicely spiced up by Rodriguez’s wicked sense of humor. Up to the point, when you realize just how much over the top that thing you just saw was, but simply can’t stop laughing…
To name just a few: “Machete don’t text”, “You fucked with the wrong mexican” and “This cucaracha has got AK-47s and he’s laying waste to all that gets in his f**king path.”
All in all, Machete is the kind of film that if viewed in the right environment and with the right group of friends, will provide a great entertainment for the evening. Highly recommend!
Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2009 09:46 Written by Jeremy Wednesday, 26 August 2009 02:13
On yet another not so sunny Sunday afternoon we met at Cafe Barbera for what promised to be an exciting SMEx. Our numbers were decimated by Illness and indifference towards Quentin Tarantino, meaning a turnout of nowhere near as many people as I expected.
I was a little apprehensive when going into this movie, I had known for a while it was going to be a difficult one for me. Being filmed with mostly German and French, I was going to have to use my limited knowledge of the Norwegian language to read subtitles to follow the plot. This was probably the thing which surprised me the most, the fact I could follow the plot!
The movie itself was not very surprising. I had been looking forward to seeing Inglourious Basterds for a while, with Tarantino apparently taking more than a decade to write the script I had high expectations. It turned out to be a very typical Tarantino movie, there was a very welcome dose of humor, gratuitous violence and some very stylish scenes and artistic shots.
The story follows the Basterds in their quest to rid France of the Nazi’s and all the way through to their attempt to end WWII. Inglourious Basterds shares a lot of the same satirical undertones with an old Kubrick classic and this film has some of the most original and funny characters i’ve seen in a war film since Full Metal Jacket. With Christoph Waltz‘s portrayal of the Jew hunter stealing the show for me personally, but with Brad Pitt and the other Basterds giving excellent performances too.
If I have to fault Tarantino, it feels like he has fallen into a rut and is maybe too stuck on the past. This film had the overuse of old style chaptering and sectioning like we saw in Kill Bill, along with the old fashioned techniques which could be found in Grindhouse (Death Proof)… and of course his trademark of dramatic music pieces out of place during the middle of a scene made a comeback. While I know he is always paying homage to filming techniques which he used to love as a child, it would be nice to have him shake up his style and produce something completely different. Maybe his talent is making arty films which get accepted by the mainstream but it would be nice to see him try something else, just to see if he could.
Don’t get me wrong though, its a very small blemish on what is otherwise a excellent movie. I’ve already watched it again with English subtitles to pick up on what I missed the first time round and I still thoroughly enjoyed it. With this probably being one of the last major releases of the Norwegian summer schedule, I have to look back and say that we’ve done really well, with a string of high quality movies with only a few piles of turd in between!