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My favourite directors are Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Weir, Sam Raimi and Bryan Singer.
My least favourite directors include Michael Bay, George Lucas (post 1983) and the Wachowski Brothers (post 1999).
My favourite films include Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, The Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction, and Dr. Strangelove.
The worst movies ever made include the Star Wars prequels, the Matrix sequels, Goldmember, The Sweetest Thing, Freddy Got Fingered, and Batman and Robin.
If you like any of these movies than I want nothing to do with you.
The all time greatest Australian TV show is "Double the Fist". Kath & Kim is a crock of shit.
Better than the first, and that's saying something
I will firstly say that after seeing the trailer and previews for this film I had serious doubts. I was afraid that the producers would just try to cash in on the original's success, and forget about any content.
I was pleasantly proved wrong.
This is the most fun I've had in the cinema in the longest time. I can't remember the last time I was so entertained.
Although it is a bit slow at times, and a bit predictable (although fun in it's predictability), it hardly lets up and continuously entertains.
If you loved the original, you will DEFINITELY love this film. The ending not only makes you laugh, it makes you think "What the hell?" and will make you eagerly anticipate (major understatement) the third installment.
There are some great lines, the same fun characters, an inventive and fun story, and some brilliantly staged action sequences.
In summation: SEE IT! See it on the big screen. If you miss it, you will surely regret it.
Speaking in Tongues (2005)
It's a show by Safran, nuff said
First off I'd like to say that even though this show had a very different approach and style to Safran's previous 2 shows, it was still very entertaining, educational and funny.
I suppose Safran fans may be split over this show, as John isn't his usual pranksta self. Apart from his one-on-one segments with Father Bob, Safran seems to act mature around his frequent guests, and at times tactful, considering how bizarre they can be sometimes.
The addition of Father Bob was brilliant. The Chemistry between him and Safran is what I think really makes the show. It seems that Safran acts so mature and polite around his guests that he has to have arguments with Bob to stay sane, and we thank him for it.
Despite being very different to Safran's previous work, I found the show to be very well made, and a definite future addition to my DVD collection. I can't wait to see what John will do next.
Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
Okay. Not great, not terrible, but enjoyable and amusing at times
Usually I don't review movies after only seeing them once. I may edit this review after seeing it again.
Anyway, I must say that I might be biased in this case as I saw this movie for free, so I can't really see it from the viewpoint of someone who saw it and had to pay (if that really matters at all).
Anyway, I found this movie pretty enjoyable. I judge a comedy like this: the ratio of hits to misses, and how many moments made me sit there and think "That didn't work for me", all the way up to making me wince and think "Why in the hell did they include that in the script?".
COMEDY SPOILERS! I found the hit to miss ratio about even. There were only two moments during the film that made me wince, once each by the two leads: Carrey in the elevator, and Leoni in the Tai-bo-thingy class.
Other grievances I had with the film included: the Harper kid. I'm not a fan of child actors, and at times he was just irritating. Some other scenes that didn't work for me were Jim in the convenience store, and other scenes where they tried to get humour from the characters doing embarrassing things.
However, there were quite a few moments that made me laugh, some of which I have to say surprised me because I found them funny. These include Carrey as Cher, the dirty hand print on Leoni, and Carrey's revenge on the fat-man from "Curb your Enthusiasm".
END SPOILERS! So, in summary, this is a good film for a laugh, but certainly not a great film. I can't judge yet whether it's worth reviewing.
I guess something in it's favour is that unlike most sequels and remakes these days (a dime a dozen it seems), this one is justifiable, considering the original's plot and recent corporate events like Enron.
It's just like the title suggests, it's fun. It could've had a better script, but the director (best known for "Galaxy Quest", a personal favourite of mine) and stars try their best. They make it almost worth appreciating.
Hercules Returns (1993)
Easily one of the funniest films I have EVER seen!
This film is brilliant.
If you want to see a serious movie with a great story, acting, and drama, don't bother.
This film was made for laughs, pure and simple, and it succeeds. And boy does it succeed! The film is basically like a feature version of the "Whose Line is it Anyway" game "Film dub".
In the movie, a group of friends decide to buy an old run-down old-fashioned cinema, spruce it up, and bring back the old-fashioned feeling of the cinema. As their premiere movie, they decide to show the last film that was shown in the cinema, a 1960's Italian film called "Hercules". Unfortunately just minutes before the film is to be screened to a group of very prestigious people, they find out it doesn't have any English dubbing or subtitles. In a desperate attempt to save the film, the 3 friends decide to turn off the sound, and create all the characters voices and sound-effects within the projection room itself.
There are a couple of other subplots, but the film is just chaotic brilliance as the friends try desperately to carry on.
I couldn't stop laughing when I saw the film, and you should seriously try and see it next time you get the chance. You won't be disappointed.
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Unclassifiable, but in a good way
Describing "Bubba Ho-Tep" in a short paragraph is quite a challenge. I suppose that one way is to say that it stars Bruce Campbell, famous for playing the ass-kicking character of Ash in the Evil Dead trilogy, plays Elvis, who never really died, stuck in a retirement home where no-one believes his true identity. That is, except for a black guy who believes himself to be JFK. Together, they must battle an Egyptian mummy who is sucking the souls of residents in the retirement home.
It's part horror, with the soul-sucking mummy, part drama with the redemption of the character of Elvis, and part comedy, because some of those one liners are great.
Both Bruce and Ossie give outstanding performances, showing great chemistry and making the film that much more engaging and enjoyable.
Of course, a lot of people might not take to this film. I don't think it's really a film with a required taste, you can probably tell whether it's to your liking after the first time you watch it.
If you just want to see a very weird, funny and dramatic horror film, this should be right up your alley.
Sealab 2021 (2000)
Best show on Adult Swim
This show is just so insane, so over-the-top, so twisted and silly that it's just so funny. Not many people will get it, but those that do will more than likely love it.
My particular favourite episode is "Lost in Time", but the first 10 or so episodes are great.
Where else can you see a show where a shark on a motorcycle jumps over a pool of Fonzies? Unfortunately, the show was never the same once the man who brilliantly played Captain Murphy died, who never failed to deliver at least five laughs per episode.
The characters are so utterly ridiculous and their chemistry is great because of it.
If you want a laugh then check it out. One of the best things about it is that it's only around 10 minutes long.
Occasionally funny, but struggles with a dumb, clichéd story
It's easy to see why Matt and Trey aren't proud of this movie. Most of the jokes throughout are really dumb and only a few of them work.
The Psyche-Outs are by far the best gags in this film, but that's probably thanks to the South Park boys themselves.
The biggest problem with this film is the story, which resorts to too many sporting-movie clichés and is not very interesting.
However, Matt and Trey try their best with the shoddy-material, and it's because of them that the film actually turns out to be an entertaining one, as long as you turn your brain off.
This film is worth seeing if you want to find out why Matt and Trey regret making it so much. Other than that, it's only good for a few laughs.
Easily one of the funniest movies ever made
Only 2 movies in existence could possibly rival this as the funniest movie ever made: Dr. Strangelove and Blazing Saddles.
Hilarious from start to finish, with lines that have become a part of popular culture. Don't believe me? I doubt anyone is unfamiliar with the line "Tis but a scratch". That scene with the Black Knight is one of the funniest and original scenes in movie history.
If you haven't seen it yet, what the hell? Go out and rent it now. Better yet, just buy the DVD, you won't regret it. If you have seen it, see it again (although I doubt you needed me to tell you that).
All in all, if you only ever see 5 comedies in your life, this would without a doubt be on it.
Wolf Creek (2005)
The absolute scariest film I have ever seen!
I had heard plenty about this film walking into it, mainly about how realistic and disturbing the violence is depicted.
They were spot on.
I can say without a doubt that this is THE most disturbing film I have ever seen. I have sat through The Evil Dead, Halloween, Alien, The Shining, Jaws, and Psycho, and in my opinion only Jaws comes close, but is no where near as effective. I even thought A Clockwork Orange was less disturbing and unsettling than this film.
The horror villain in this movie is a sick combination of Crocodile Dundee and Freddy Kruger. His motivations aren't even touched upon, but it's a hard act to justify.
Once the film enters it's second act (there is no third act, arguable it lacks a second or third act), my heart hadn't raced so fast for so long since I was hit by a car.
It's a very hard film to sit through, even though the violence isn't that graphic (not really that gory), it's realistic in it's depiction and is VERY disturbing. This film does for the Australian outback what "Jaws" did for the ocean.
With most great films, you'll want to see them again. With this film, you'll never want to see it again.
The Simpsons (1989)
Shouldn't have left the 20th Century
The Simpsons used to be such a great show, easily the best on TV. It's humour and satire were brilliant and it was very well written.
It seems that almost every kid nowadays will quote "The Simpsons" to each other, even I still quote it to my friends at University.
But, like a lot of great series, it started to become sour. The series started to go downhill around season 10 and hasn't stopped since. I first noticed how bad Simpsons had become with episodes like the one where they go to Spring Break, and the Halloween episode where Homer gets cloned.
To get an idea of how bad it's become, in the most recent season there can be maybe one laugh for every 3 or 4 episodes. In fact, there are more laughs and clever moments in a single episode from either series 5,6 or 7, then there are in an entire season from 14 onwards.
Arguably some of the earlier episodes weren't that funny either, but they're missing the point. Those episodes were mostly satirical, plus there's the hit-and-miss quality. It's like comparing Dr. Strangelove to any of the Scary Movie's. Dr. Strangelove is a brilliant satire, and when it tries to be funny it mostly succeeds. Scary Movie, however, piles on the dumb jokes hoping that for every 20 jokes that aren't funny, there is 1 that is.
In summary, watch if until season 10 or 11, after that don't even bother.