One of the year's biggest hits and one of its biggest flops are both hitting DVD on the same day. Thanks, Galileo's law of falling bodies!
The reviews are in for The Hangover's sequel, and they're pretty brutal across the board. I read a few of them before I went to the movie last night so I was expecting a boring, lazy, unfunny re-hash of the first movie - basically just a pointless cash-grab of a film. And while Part II certainly has its faults -- the ending is a laughable throw-away, there's a date rape bit that was ill-advised, and Alan's shtick flounces between hilarious and irritatingly Michael-Scott-at-his-worst stupid, to name a few -- I honestly laughed a lot and genuinely enjoyed the movie overall. The majority of critics clearly disagree with me, but here are the reasons that I think The Hangover Part II is much more watchable than it's being made out to be.
You may not know this, but the main character in Machete first appeared in the Spy Kids movies. It's true! Okay, so technically, it wasn't exactly the same character, but Danny Trejo played another guy named "Machete" who was the uncle to the titular child agents, and also a spy and inventor himself. He wasn't a bloodthirsty killer, but Trejo certainly made the franchise more awesome simply by being in it -- just as he did in the From Dusk Till Dawn movies, as well as the last two Mariachi flicks. Now he's got his own franchise, with two more Machete movies supposedly on the way, but why is Robert Rodriguez the only one taking advantage of his awesomeness? The man would make a valuable addition to any existing franchise -- here are seven we think should grab him while he's hot.
I was lucky enough to see The Hangover the other night, and while sometimes getting to see screenings in advance feels a lot like work, this one was actually a pleasure. It was quite the welcome change of pace after my recent outings included Terminator: Salvation, Fighting and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
Why do so many movies have vague, mysterious titles? They Came From Upstairs? What the hell is that about? Renters? Old Life magazines? Away We Go? Who's going where, and why? Shorts? What about them? They're really comfortable! No, we want titles that tell us who's in them, or what's going to happen, or where it takes place -- it will take a lot of the guesswork out of our movie selection process. When we went to see Knocked Up, we knew it was going to be about an unplanned pregnancy. Beverly Hills Chihuahua? The adventures of a spoiled Mexican dog. Monsters vs. Aliens? Der. Luckily, a bunch of studios are taking a more direct approach this summer, spelling out their films' central themes right there on the marquee. Unless you're the type of person who likes to know every single solitary detail of a movie before you go in, the following movies need no further explanation.
Zach Galifianakis has been everywhere promoting The Hangover this week, and with upcoming roles in a prominent HBO hipster series (that actually looks good), the already confirmed Hangover 2 and seemingly endless casting announcements popping up about him every day, it seems he's on the precipice of mainstream comedy fame. And for good reason. Aside from Louis CK, he's probably the best stand-up comedian working today, and in honor of Hangover Friday, I thought I'd do a little round-up of some of his most popular work for those out there who may not know much of his stuff yet. Get to know Mr. Zatch Gaspafanasky (as comedy club announcers frequently used to refer to him) before he makes soda come out your nose at the movies this weekend. (And for all you pre-existing Zach fans reading this, enjoy the memory lane strollin' after the jump!) Headphones are recommended, though -- these contain language of an adult, albeit ridiculously immature, nature.
Bastards, drunks, rodents and car salesmen -- the unsavory become savory in this week's DVD releases, with three blockbusters coming out as well as a couple of fun comedies and a few interesting documentaries, for those of you who think the real world is plenty interesting enough. Weirdos.
If you're making a movie set in Las Vegas, there are pretty much three storylines you can choose from. Someone in your movie is either going to rob a casino, participate in a sporting event or, most commonly, make some bad life decisions. It could be booze, drugs, sex or gambling, but there's a good chance your main character is going to get mixed up in one of those things, and it's going to work out badly. Since The Hangover follows the survivors of a Vegas bachelor party gone horribly awry, we thought we'd run down some of our favorite "going crazy in Sin City" movies.
The much-hyped and anticipated The Hangover delivered, both laughs-wise and cash-wise, and now the Hollywood-types are going forward with a sequel. (Actually, the sequel was already planned before the movie was released, but, you know, it's like extra super for real planned now!) Since you can't very well get into terribly impressive mischief in your own town, where people you know can see and stop you, I had to wonder -- where will the sequel take place? Let's go globe-trottin' with the drunkies, shall we?