What to Watch! Theatrical Releases for the Week of July 25, 2014
I wrote about movies coming out this weekend. It’s FUN.
Happy weekend all and welcome to another Theatrical Release edition of What to Watch! You’ve got some light affairs from the likes of Rob Reiner and Joe Swanberg balanced out by an action packed release from Luc Besson! This week also sees new movies from Woody Allen and Brett “Rehearsals are for f*gs (Figs)” Ratner! If David O. Russell had a movie coming out this week, it’d be the ultimate slate of movies directed by polarizing directors with a reputation for being scumbags! Ahh but seriously, folks… I Heart Huckabees is the best, and I’ll take any chance to express that feeling I can get.
Also let’s look at the movies and talk about some of them! Note “some”!
Weaponized Humour Revue - Episode 1: Welcome to Comedy Bang Bang
Welcome to the first edition of Weaponized Humour Revue, my look back at the legacy, timeline, and progression of Comedy Bang! Bang!
Let’s commence with the very, very first episode, simply titled on Earwolf as "Welcome to Comedy Bang Bang", featuring Rob Huebel, Tom Lennon, and Doug Benson! Hosted by Scott Aukerman.
Lucy (2014) - Written and Directed by Luc Besson
Someone tell me how many times I use the words “dumb”, “crazy”, and “stupid” in this “review.”
Lucy is like a Simpsons joke. Specifically, the joke where a student fills out everything BUT the bubbles on a test sheet. It’s got a ton of creative merit behind it, but it’s still absolutely and incredibly wrong. Lucy is similar in that is has so many weird ideas and crazy ways of showing you what it’s thinking about, but is still nothing transcendent of the bombastic nature behind it.
I had fun with Lucy, even if it left me incredibly confused. There’s A LOT not working for it, concerning bad dialogue, tonal stability, and some performance issues, but it’s generally outweighed by the fascinatingly dumb and interesting things at play. You’ll be as dumbfounded as Morgan Freeman looks in the film by its closer, and in a B-movie popcorn kind of mindset, it works. It asks you questions, presents you with crazy ideas, and has some refreshing style. That said, director and writer Luc Besson gives you a LOT to digest, and it doesn’t seem mandatory to register it all immediately. The film has an urgency to it that heightens the stupidity/fun factor. Lucy poses as intelligent, but is only partially so, and yet continues to function as if its ignoring judgment or any sense of grounded realism. It just chugs along until its ridiculous conclusion. I can’t say everyone will enjoy it, but if you’re open to the downright ridiculous and balls-to-the-wall nature of filmmaking that could be found in something like the Crank films, then Lucy might be the right dosage of stupid and stupefying you can have this summer.
ANNOUNCING: THE WEAPONIZED HUMOUR REVUE
THE WEAPONIZED HUMOUR REVUE - A Recap of EVERY EPISODE of COMEDY DEATH-RAY/BANG! BANG! TO DATE!
I shall discuss the introduction of characters/comedians, creation of jokes/world-creation details, the number of times this would be for an appearance or mention, the developing of the Earwolf family and TV shows being released/plugged, and overall studying the developing science of comedy from early 2009 until now. I might rate the episodes? We’ll see.
I’ve found it so fascinating that let’s say an episode in 2010 with Nick Kroll, Jon Daly, Andy Daly, Paul F. Tompkins, James Adomian, and all these great comedians that weren’t popular but were at the top of their game could be contrasted with a 2014 episode, or at least perspective: Kroll and Andy Daly have their own shows now (of which Jon Daly appears frequently and brilliantly on Kroll’s), Tompkins has 5000 things going on, and Adomian is slated for an IFC show and has gained popularity as a stand-up. And now the podcast has been adapted into a growing and constantly improving tv show slated for at least 90 EPISODES ON IFC! THAT’S CRAZY!
Time sure has flown by quickly, and Comedy Death-Ray now Bang! Bang! has served as a road-map and time stamper for the ever changing state of comedy of all kinds, as well as the careers of those involved.
I shall start this written expedition soon, and it’ll occur weekly with write ups about episodes 1-???. Considering the show has been released weekly since its first episode over at (RIP) Indie 103.1, I’ll try and work a little faster so I can catch up.
THAT SAID, I don’t know the exact date-based frequency of these write-ups. That will become apparent with time, so… yeah. I’ll keep you posted on that. In fact, I just realized this, I might do a couple of episodes in a row! Like a post would have write-ups for episodes 1-3. Maybe I’ll do that to play catch-up.
EITHER WAY. I’m excited to go through the back catalog in a uniform and scientific matter. This should be fun (and good discipline for me, looking for things to work on on a constant basis.)
WISH ME LUCK AND STAY TUNED. COME ON THIS JOURNEY WITH ME. IT’LL BE FUN, TRUST ME.
rocky who likes comedy movies is annoyed by some comedy movies and those who make them.
ROCKY’S MID 2014 FAVORITE FILMS
Top 10 so far:
- The Double
- The LEGO Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- They Came Together
- Jodorowsky’s Dune
Not placing yet:
- Edge of Tomorrow
- The Rover
- Obvious Child
- 22 Jump Street
- The Immigrant
- Ernest and Celestine
Saw, liked, but won’t make top billing:
- Grand Piano
- For No Good Reason
- Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
- Alan Partridge
Not seen yet:
- The Raid 2 (I know.)
- Under the Skin (I KNOW.)
- Cheap Thrills
- Happy Christmas
- Willow Creek
So yeah… tell me if I’m missing something. Seen it or not, I’ll talk back! Because it’s a slow 4th of July. Basically catching up on movies. I’m in the middle of Life Itself. It’s interesting.
Let’s talk about movies, friends!