10 items from 2009
Right off the bat, I want to make it clear that you don't have to be half-baked to enjoy Half Baked. But if you thought Pineapple Express was hilarious, and you haven't seen Half Baked, it's high time you rectify this problem. Sure, Pineapple Express had James Franco as a drug dealer slash nice Jewish boy overly concerned with his Bubbe, and it had Danny McBride wigging out in his normal (i.e. awesome) way, and yeah, it was almost the perfect stoner crime caper.
But Half Baked has all that and more! It has Dave Chappelle as both a janitor at a lab that just happens to produce pharmaceutical-grade marijuana and a hip-hop star named Sir Smoke-a-Lot who, when high, complains, cries, and complains that he needs a "backiotomy." It has Guillermo Diaz as Scarface, who wants you to know he's Cuban, B! And it has Jim Breuer in »
- Jenni Miller
It's a small list of DVD releases with a couple of sequels we had no idea had even been made and two flicks that tried something different but didn't quite pull it off. Without a doubt the pick of the week is the re-release of Kathryn Bigelow's vamp classic Near Dark.
- Debi Moore
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So you're curious to know what frightful films and devilish discs will be available to view in the privacy of your own digital dungeon this week? Fango's got you covered.
Below the jump you'll find the full list of titles arriving at retail this week - available Tuesday, July 7, 2009 in this weekly version of the famous Fangoria Chopping List - updated with all the last-minute additions and deletions.
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Anxious to get out of the city, two couples pack up and head out for a long weekend in the woods. Events take a turn for the worse when a girl mysteriously appears at their campsite looking for her missing boyfriend. The nightmare has only just begun, and they soon find themselves lost in »
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Nobody likes to start their day with a hangover. It hurts, for starters. There’s also a good chance that if you consumed enough alcohol to have a hangover, you probably lost a chunk or two of the previous night in the process.
That is certainly the case in this week’s aptly named summer comedy, “The Hangover,” in which three pals take their soon-to-be-married friend out to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. They wake up the morning after with the groom missing and no recollection of what happened. Cue the shenanigans. In honor of Todd Phillips’ latest release, I’ve assembled this brief list of hangover movies to dull the pain of your misspent evenings.
“Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998)
- Adam Rosenberg
The answer to that question appears to be everything! In a piece entitled Danny McBride, We Don't Get You!, writer Christopher Rosen takes the comedian to task for everything from his "ugly and unredeemable characters" to a more general complaint that the man is just plain unfunny. Rosen goes on to describe McBride as "...Will Ferrell, only without the charm or talent." Ouch, did McBride run over this guy's dog with a piece of Kenny F**king Powers Awesomeness, or what?
But Rosen has plenty of venom to go around, and he also tears a strip off McBride's latest comedy partner, David Gordon Green. The two worked together on the HBO series East Bound and Down and announced last year that they would be working together again on the medieval comedy, Your Highness. But according to Rosen, Green's choice to work with McBride is the equivalent of getting career advice from Tommy Chong. »
- Jessica Barnes
Comedy duo Cheech & Chong are in talks to take their act to Broadway - and revamp it as a musical.
And their act is still so popular among comedy audiences, they are negotiating a move to the New York stage, in addition to their latest film project.
Chong tells Maxim magazine, "We're working on an animated film and discussing a Broadway musical." »
The Kaiju, or giant monster, movies out of Japan have long been fodder for many a fan's amusement. There's just nothing like seeing a guy in a rubber suit stomp a building. With Gehara, director Kiyotaka Taguchi is out to prove that there's nothing like seeing a gut in a hairy rubber suit stomp a building.
DC reader Avery Guerra sent us a link to a blog that has lots of production photos from the upcoming short film Chohatsu Daikaiju Gehara, or Long-haired Giant Monster Gehara, which features a beast that looks to be a hybrid of those weird creatures from The Dark Crystal, Godzilla, and Tommy Chong.
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For Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick the action at the Knicks-Lakers game was in the audience as they publicly kissed in NYC last night. Ed had a steamy plotline on Gossip Girl, but in real life things aren't so mysterious anymore. We heard rumors about these two back in December and saw them out with Chace last Thursday, but these photos of them cuddling up, laughing and drinking beer confirm it. Meanwhile, America Ferrera sat sandwiched between her boyfriend Ryan and Jay-z, and left with her pregnant co-star Ana Ortiz. Jay-z didn't have his own courtside partner with him this time but he looked like he was having a blast with America despite the Lakers beating the Knicks. To see more photos of Ed, Jessica, America, Jay-z, Whoopi Goldberg, Ana Ortiz and others just read more. Images include: Jay-z, Whoopi Goldberg, Spike Lee, America Ferrera, Ed Westwick, Jessica Szohr, Cheech Marin, »
I'm not sure why Hollywood thinks that stand-up comedians will automatically translate their charm and humor onto the big screen. Some comedians manage the transition (early Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy chief among them), but most land flat. The outrageous ones are neutered and the more family-friendly comics get stuck in 90-minute sitcoms (where their appeal might be better served). Bill Cosby had a good run on television, but his movies are famously inept. Chris Rock is mostly thrown into formulaic PG-13 comedies that don't play to his strengths. Even the master Richard Pryor failed to squeeze more than a couple of yuks out of any of his movies not featuring his famous foil, Gene Wilder. Part of the problem, I'm sure, is because they're not in their natural element of riffing a series of conversational jokes and one-liners. Rodney Dangerfield was hilarious in Caddyshack because he basically just showed »
- Matt Medlock
Maybe it's the recent influx of stoner films like "Pineapple Express" and the "Harold and Kumar" series, or maybe it's New York's impending return to the recession-driven grit of the '70s. But for whatever reason, the time for a smokedelic "Cheech & Chong" reunion feels just about right.
The duo split nearly 25 years ago. Tommy Chong kept the stoner-comedy torch aflame as a solo act when not spending nine months in prison for selling bongs. Cheech Marin took the mainstream route, appearing in shows like "Nash Bridges" and »
- By LARRY GETLEN
10 items from 2009
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