Tag: Will Ferrell


In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: With its bad mat painting backgrounds on obvious sound stage sets, to laughably fake horses and puppet mountain lions, to the deliberately awkward, exposition filled dialogue, it takes a lot of skill from some real professionals to make something that appears so amateur.

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The main reason I started this blog was to make me watch more movies, and to vary the kinds of movies I watched.  The first part of that has been well and truly accomplished with me watching hundreds of movies for the first time, instead of falling back on old favourites over and over again.   But l’m not sure if I’ve varied my selections enough.  I still watch mainly American movies, with directors, writers and actors that make them a pretty safe bet. So this year, I’m forcing myself to seek out more international movies.  With Foreign Language Weekends, every weekend(ish) during 2016, I’ll review two(ish) non-English language movies.

If you were truly smart, you would know that you are dumb. Look at your fat head.

Will Ferrell is a really funny dude.  Even when he makes movies I don’t really care for, the Anchorman series for instance, I can’t deny that he is still enjoyable as he indulges in his goofiest tendencies.  He’s also the kind of guy who I think is just as concerned with entertaining himself as he is with entertaining the audience.  Almost like he tries to make himself laugh first, and if the audience joins in, bonus.  I think that, because I can’t imagine any other motivation that would lead to something as bizarre as Casa de mi Padre.

Armando (Ferrell) is the son of a Mexican cattle baron.  Things aren’t looking so good on the financial side, until the return of Armando’s brother, and their father’s clear favourite, Raul (Diego Luna).  With new business ventures leaving him cashed up enough to save the day, Raul also returns home with a beautiful fiancé (Genesis Rodriguez as Sonia). (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***SNL WEEK*** The Ladies Man (2000)

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“I have made love to many fine ladies from the lowliest bus station skank to the classiest most sophisticated, educated, debutant, high society… bus station skank.”

In 1998, Lorne Michaels and his Saturday Night Live cronies did the impossible. They took a sketch that consisted of nothing more than two douche bags bobbing their heads to the beat of an embarrassingly shitty 90s song, and turned it into a feature length movie. A Night at the Roxbury took its $17million budget, and almost doubled it in box office receipts. So it’s no wonder that Michaels felt bullet proof enough to bring another paper thin SNL character to the big screen with, The Ladies Man.

It might be the beginning of a new millennium, but Leon Phelps (Tim Meadows) is firmly stuck in a cartoon version of the 70s, with his massive afro, flared, pastel suits and antiquated notions of masculinity being based solely on making sweet love to as many women as possible. A pursuit he tries to aid the rest of the world in with his middle of the night radio show. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***SNL WEEK*** Superstar (1999)

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“Girls have a button, boys have a pole. Wicked touching takes its toll.”

Saturday Night Live has never been able to resist running popular characters into the ground. No matter how one note or unsustainable a character might be, if it gets enough laughs, it will reoccur and reoccur and reoccur over and over and over again, until everyone is exhausted by it. Then SNL will insist on trotting the character out a few more times just to make sure they’ve totally burned it out. Molly Shannon’s Mary Katherine Gallagher did pretty much the exact same schtick every time she appeared. A story of high school awkwardness, she’d stick her hands in her arm pits, then smell her fingers, before a big prat fall to end on. It’s barley enough to sustain a five minute sketch, so of course, it had to be drawn out into a feature length movie with Superstar.

Because the movie’s too lazy to start any other way, it opens with voiceover from Mary (Shannon) explaining her character in detail and giving her entire life story up until that point. A social outcast, she lives with her grandma in the ugliest house in the street. A life time of being shunned has left her with one, simple wish, to be kissed by a boy. And she decides the best way to accomplish that is to become a movie star. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)


“Who the hell is Julius Caesar? You know I don’t follow the NBA!”

I don’t like Anchorman: The legend of Ron Burgundy. Yeah, that’s right, I don’t like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. I don’t just not like it, I also have no idea how it became the favourite it is. Usually, even if I don’t like an immensely popular movie, I can at least see why others do. But the original Anchorman has no real redeeming qualities that make up for its lazy, shitty jokes. I’m not anti Will Ferrell / Adam McKay. I like Talladega Nights, I love Step Brothers. I even thought The Other Guys was kind of interesting.

I watched the first Anchorman a decade ago when it first came out and its initial buzz was unavoidable. Its cast was great (the first sign of the massive comedy career Paul Rudd would go on to build), the story setup showed plenty of potential, and Ferrell is always going to bring more laughs than your average comedic lead. Only, it rarely made me laugh, and the potential fuelled premise quickly turned into a well and truly flogged dead horse. (more…)