Tag: david wain

MOVIE REVIEW | ***CLOSING DOWN WEEK*** The Ten (2007)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “There’s something so intricately planned and meticulously honed underneath that joke delivery surface, that those gags actually have something to say.”

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“Gretchen… Hey, I was in the neighborhood. I thought I’d come by and take a shit.”

Recently, in my neighbourhood, I saw something that’s all too common these days.  A video shop that was closing down.  They had a big sign out the front, “4 movies for $10”.  I looked in my wallet, saw $30 and decided I wasn’t leaving that shop until I found 12 movies I thought were worth having on my DVD shelf.  Some were movies I’d seen before.  Some were movies I had a vague idea about and thought would be worth the $2.50 gamble.  Some were oddities I’d never even heard of, but they looked interesting enough.  So, thank you, Network Video Brunswick West.  I never rented anything from you or even had a membership, but I did find some cool, interesting and mysterious things on your almost empty shelves.


Making smart, dumb comedies is an underappreciated art form.  For every awesomely clever, but silly movie, like Airplane or Blazing Saddles, you get dozens of just plain dumb, dumb comedies, like anything with “Movie” in its title.  On TV, Tina Fey is a master of smart dumbness.  And in movies, I think the best director out there right now might be David Wain.  He had a surprise hit with Role Models, then an unfair flop with Wanderlust.  And in 2014, he made one of the best spoof movies since the afore mentioned Airplane, with They Came Together.  But before all that, he was still figuring out how to best present his version of smart, dumbness, with The Ten. (more…)

***2014 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | They Came Together (2014)

They Came
Molly: “Can I ask you a question; how do you sleep at night?” Joel: “I usually jerk off and then sleep pretty soundly”.

Parody or spoof movies are possibly the worst genre of movie being churned out today, but it’s not the genre’s fault. In fact, before the Wayans Brothers ruined it for everyone, and before the endless dribble of “Not Another…” movies managed to go even lower, the parody movie was actually a pretty sure thing for some solid laughs.


The Naked Gun movies perfectly spoofed cop shows and made for some of the funniest comedies of late 80s and early 90s. In 1980, Airplane! was such a successful and hilarious take on the 70s disaster movie, it’s more famous and enduring today than the genre it spoofed. And it’s the spirit of Airplane and The Naked Gun that makes They Came Together the best parody, spoof, joke machine movie in a long, long time. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | They Came Together (2014)

They Came
Molly: “Can I ask you a question; how do you sleep at night?” Joel: “I usually jerk off and then sleep pretty soundly”.

Parody or spoof movies are possibly the worst genre of movie being churned out today, but it’s not the genre’s fault. In fact, before the Wayans Brothers ruined it for everyone, and before the endless dribble of “Not Another…” movies managed to go even lower, the parody movie was actually a pretty sure thing for some solid laughs.


The Naked Gun movies perfectly spoofed cop shows and made for some of the funniest comedies of late 80s and early 90s. In 1980, Airplane! was such a successful and hilarious take on the 70s disaster movie, it’s more famous and enduring today than the genre it spoofed. And it’s the spirit of Airplane and The Naked Gun that makes They Came Together the best parody, spoof, joke machine movie in a long, long time. (more…)