5 items from 2011
Here’s yet another example of a motion picture that I would have very little interest in had it been produced by a major Hollywood studio. Below you’ll find a truly unusual trailer for the Indonesian horror/comedy “Arwah Kuntilanak Duyung”, a movie that appears to resides in the same pantheon of cinematic quality as “Epic Movie”, “Date Movie”, and “Dance Flick”. Attempting to figure out the specifics of the plot on your own may lead to seriously cranial injury, so don’t expend too much energy on the film’s finer details. It’s a lot funnier that way, too. To help prevent side-effects, read this synopsis: Linda, and Ardo met and fell in love on a beach. Ardo was so happy to have Linda, so building a beach villa for his beloved wife. The loving couples were then staying at Villa Linda, along with two servants who are equally silly and funny, »
- Todd Rigney
There’s a new Fox comedy show in development and Damon Wayans Jr. has just been added to the cast.
Deadline.com describes the untitled project as an ensemble comedy about the sexual politics of men and women. Created by Liz Meriwether, it centers on an elementary school teacher named Jessica, played by Zooey Deschanel, who breaks up with her boyfriend and moves to another apartment with three juvenile guys. Wayans Jr. plays the sweat pants-prone and out-of-shape Coach. Max Greenfield will play the the beer-loving hunk Schmidt and Jake M. Johnson will be a bartender named Nick.
Wayans Jr. made his film debut at age 11 in the 1994 film Blank Man playing the role of young Kevin alongside his father Damon Wayans.
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
Directed by: John Whitesell
Running Time: 1 hr 47 mins
Release Date: February 18, 2011
Plot: After his son (Jackson) witnesses a murder, FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Lawrence) sends his son to the Georgia Girls School for Arts. There, they disguise themselves as two women, whilst trying to find evidence related to the murder case.
Who’S It For?: Unless you’re a die hard fan of Martin Lawrence, Big Mommas is bound to be a disappointment, probably even for those who think that cross-dressing movies are funny.
Expectations: This wasn’t screened for critics, which is never a good sign (like an idiot, I caught the first showing this morning). The Big Momma franchise (yeah, it’s a franchise now) isn’t one of the top regarded series of its kind – and »
- Nick Allen
Update: As co-writer/director Matt Besser has explained in the comments below, the trailer went public prematurely and it's been taken down until a release date has been secured. We'll update when it's live again. For all those who have grown weary from the constant surge of spoofs that rely more on topicality than actual jokes, this could be the antidote. From the creators of the Upright Citizens Brigade comes Freak Dance, a self-described "hilarious, in-your-face major motion picture musical about good, evil, dance, saving dance from evil for good, and the greatest love story ever told...about dancers". If the film bears any similarity to the Wayans brothers' latest spoof Dance Flick, pay no mind. The Ucb -- a frequently hilarious  improv and sketch comedy group whose TV show ran for three seasons on Comedy Central in the late '90s -- first developed Freak Dance as a live »
- Adam Quigley
Ever since Scary Movie was released back in 2000, the art of "spoof" has taken a brutal and savage mauling. Having set in motion a chain of unspeakably bad, not to mention painfully unfunny follow ups to his original film, director Keenen Wayans also paved the way for the likes of Epic Movie (2007), Meet the Spartans (2007) and Dance Flick (2009) to name but a hideous few. For this very reason, I approached Scott Sanders’ Black Dynamite (2009) with more than just a hint of trepidation.
Thankfully, Black Dynamite manages to buck this recent trend by showing just how good spoof comedies can still be. Set in the 1970s and taking its influence from films of the same era such as Shaft (1971) and Black Belt Jones (1974), the story follows the titular Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White), a hilariously tough-talking ladies man, as he sets out to avenge the death of his brother. Armed with »
- Daniel Green
5 items from 2011
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