The mix of awesome and terrible in this week's batch of DVD releases could tear your heart in half. Actually, there's more terrible than awesome, so it will more likely tear your heart into a one-quarter/three-quarters split. ... Okay, one-eighth/seven-eighths.
Here at MwoP.com, we love three things, and three things only: the HBO original series Flight of the Conchords, the movie Eagle vs. Shark and the Outback Steakhouse. Understandably, Kiwi komedian Jemaine Clement is one of our favorite people on the Earth. So when we heard that he was going to be in a new movie by Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre director Jared Hess, we pretty much peed ourselves, even though our expectations were set way too high for Nacho Libre and we were understandably disappointed. (I mean, come on. Jack Black playing a luchadore? I went into it expecting it to be the Godfather of lucha libre movies... not realizing it already existed and was called Champions of Justice.)
Apparently, it is impossible for Netflix to predict if someone will like Napoleon Dynamite. The movie is so quirky and strange that there are no movies where somebody can click "I like this" and have that translate to being a good match for Napoleon. Which is understandable -- after all, the movie has few jokes, little physical comedy, and most of its humor comes from awkward scenarios where unknown or nonprofessional actors wear hideous outfits and don't speak much. That said, a lot of people find it hysterical, particularly the bizarre vocal inflections of its lead characters. Some have even shelled out for the talking action figures. Director Jared Hess' latest movie, Gentlemen Broncos, has no action figures, sadly, but it does have a lot of similarities with Napoleon. However, the addition of a plot -- and three dynamic, talented actors -- turns it into a completely different beast.
Obviously, no one needs a remake of Footloose. But since Hollywood hates us all and insists on going ahead with this flushing-cash-down-the-toilet project, the least they could do is keep their casting appropriate. That was the case up until yesterday, when it was announced that Zac Efron apparently figured out what a bad idea a Footloose remake is, for both his career and for the world, and dropped the hell out of it. So who's going to replace him as Kevin Bacon 2.0? Here are some people.