It looks as though a few Hollywood types are about to step out of their comfort zones and into genres not normally associated with them. Get your head out of the gutter, dude, I meant horror movies. Rumor has it that Natalie Portman and her production company Handsome Charlie Films are teaming up with The Pineapple Express and Superbad director David Gordon Green for a remake of the 1977 horror classic Suspiria.
Despite the humorous trailers and the "From the director of Superbad" tag, Adventureland is not an Apatow-esque comedy. In fact, Judd Apatow had absolutely nothing to do with this movie. And in many ways, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig's interludes not withstanding, comedy has very little to do with this movie. While the non-SNL-related situations in Adventureland may at times veer into the realm of comedy, they just as quickly veer out, and get very sad. Not sad as in pathetic -- I mean sad as in depressing. Adventureland is a bleak indie film disguised as a teen sex romp, and while the joke may be on the people who come to the theater looking for a good time, the last laugh may go to people like me, who go in with low expectations and are pleasantly surprised by the movie's depths.
This is what happens when Odie goes on sabbatical: Angelina Jolie's birthing gets treated like an M. Night Shyamalan movie, Will Smith makes Wild Wild West 2, and Sherlock Holmes turns into Superbad. As we gleefully await Wanted Woman's coochie-centric press conference, due this afternoon, let's talk about why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is doing somersaults in his grave.
Seth "Sexy Man Boobs" Rogen is set to star in a brand new big-screen comedy about -- what else? -- the apocalypse. Rogen will re-team with his Superbad co-writer Evan Goldberg, and will co-star with fellow Apatow favorite Jay Baruchel in Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse, due to begin filming next year. Dick jokes with a biblical slant? I saw that movie already. It was called Dogma and it sucked holy balls. Oy, even the movie's title seems like a reference the Kevin Smith cannon, which might've been OK in 1994 but nowadays is shorthand for moronic, tossed off comedy dreck. Also, the script is based on a short film that Rogen shot last year, and we all know how awesome mini trailers stretched out to full feature length tend to be. Every single SNL cast member has staked a movie career on this formula and zero of them have won an Oscar so far. Then again, Rogen and his manchild co-horts have proven their ability to elevate that special breed of sophomoric humor to a higher level. So who the hell knows? I've been wrong before. Once. Back in 1973.