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A Three Stooges Celebration

Sample the Stooges for not a lot of scratch.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Hopefully, the new-to-DVD Three Stooges movie — which is actually pretty decent, unless you're a humorless mother-nyuk-er — spurs more viewers to try the real thing. For those wanting to sample their black-and-white brand of slapstick with minimal investment, many bargain-DVD collections exist containing only their material that has fallen into the public domain.
 
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Casa de Mi Padre

¡Grande! Assuming you can read.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Even if you hate it — and plenty will — you have to admit Casa de Mi Padre is a unique slice of cinema. Will Ferrell stars in this spirited parody of the Mexican telenovela. Not only is the comedy set in Mexico, but performed almost entirely in Spanish. Name one other A-lister who would dare commit to such an audience-limiting undertaking, foreign language and all. For a star of his stature to spoof something his fan base likely knows nothing about is so ballsy, it bounces.
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

21 Jump Street

For a good time, 'Jump' on it.


Comedy

Rod Lott
To enjoy 21 Jump Street, one need not have been a fan of the 1987-91 Fox TV series of the same name. You might even enjoy the film more if you hated the show, notable only for making Johnny Depp a star. While not an outright parody per se, the action comedy does poke fun at how ridiculous the series' premise was.
 
Saturday, June 30, 2012

American Animal

If he were my roomie, I’d be on trial for murder now.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Here now, a list of things that the protagonist (antagonist?) of American Animal does over the course of the film:
 
Friday, June 29, 2012

Freak Dance


Comedy

Rod Lott
It pains me to say that Freak Dance, a film from the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe, isn't much better than the Wayans brothers' dreadful 2009 Dance Flick. Both parody dance-off movies (duh), but only one earned a nationwide theatrical release. Freak Dance's DVD debut comes two years after its completion; it's not that bad, but yeah, it's bad.
 
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

God Bless America

‘God Bless’ Bobcat Goldthwait for making this savage satire.


Comedy

Rod Lott
With God Bless America, writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait slices a wound on our country's collective stupidity, then wrings a lemon wedge into its opening. Too bad his targets aren't likely to watch it on purpose. And if they did, they're less likely to get the joke. Their loss.
 
Monday, June 25, 2012

Sound of Noise

Breaking the law never sounded so sweet.


Comedy

Rod Lott
One man's symphony is another's pollution, and to police inspector Amadeus Warnebring (Bengt Nilsson), head of the department's anti-terrorism unit, no music is good music. Although coming from a family of musicians, he's tone-deaf. Notes make his ears bleed, literally.
 
Monday, June 25, 2012

The FP

Dayum!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Those initials of The FP stand for Frazier Park, a small town in California riddled with gangs — 248 rules the north; 245, the south. These aren't the Boyz N the Hood gangs you're thinking of; these guys are interested only in Beat-offs. That's not the X-rated activity you're thinking of, either; it's the named for competitions of the Beat Beat Revelation video game — this creative film's don't-sue-us equivalent of Dance Dance Revolution.
 
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Disco Exorcist

Beelzeboobs.


Comedy

Rod Lott

A title like The Disco Exorcist just screams, “Why wasn’t this part of Grindhouse?"

 
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Project X

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.


Comedy

Rod Lott
When a disc begins with a Jackass-style disclaimer, as Project X does, you know things are going to get crazy. But seriously, if anyone thinks something this slickly made is real, they deserve to do something stupid and get arrested for it. Like make Project X.
 
Monday, June 11, 2012

Meatballs

Not the Murricane’s tastiest.


Comedy

Rod Lott
My brothers and I watched 1979's Meatballs so many times as kids in its initial run on HBO that, when watching the new Blu-ray release, I remembered almost everything about the summer camp comedy, which marked the first starring role of one Bill Murray, not yet 30.
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Demoted

I’d almost rather work for Tate Publishing than watch it again.


Comedy

Rod Lott
With Demoted, you suffer an hour and a half down the drain; comedian Robert Klein suffers the indignity of dancing in his underwear around a stripper pole. You can forget it; he has to live with it.
 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Monster Brawl

If wrestling were like this, I'd watch.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Imagine there were a pay-per-view pro wrestling championship battle in which the fighters were not your Hulk Hogans, but hulking creatures. Would you watch it?
 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Goon

Not quite as puckish as it would like, but close enough.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Coming from a family of doctors, yet being nothing more than a bar bouncer, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott, American Reunion) feels down in the dumps, because he lacks "a thing." That changes when, defending his gay brother's honor from a homophobic slur at a hockey game, he punches the offending player with such power, the guy's helmet cracks open.
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This Means War

Make love — heck, make anything — not ‘War.’


Comedy

Rod Lott
Among many other credibility-stretchers, This Means War asks the viewer to believe:
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
 
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