Archive for March, 2012

Narcs Throw the Best Parties: 21 Jump Street

Posted in Pick of the Week, Review with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2012 by Timothy Parfitt

There’s a thin line in comedy between stupid/smart and stupid/stupid. 21 Jump Street humps that line for 90 minutes. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s turn out to have great chemistry, and the writing keeps things fun and inane.

I spent many a prepubescent evening watching the original 21 Jump Street team earnestly break up high-school steroid rings. In the updated version, Smidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) play underachieving cops assigned to go deep undercover to break up a hallucinogenic car freshener ring, led by James Franco’s smirking little brother. Continue reading

Post-Humor: Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on March 17, 2012 by Timothy Parfitt

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is the movie version of an Adult Swim television show. Those who enjoy the show will probably like the movie; I found it to be 80 plus minutes of unmitigated torture.

Tim and Eric’s trademark comedic style involves stilted non-jokes taped in a purposely amateurish visual style. I’m guessing it works better 20 minutes at a time. What little plot there is revolves around Tim and Eric buying a decrepit, garbage and wolf infested mall. I clung like a life-preserver to Continue reading

ON STRIKE!

Posted in Samuel C. Doob, WTF with tags , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2012 by sdoob

My mother is in town this weekend.  Her hotel is close to my favorite movie theater.  I’m working Saturday and I get out at seven.  What would be better than to go to the movies with my mom on a Saturday night?  But I can’t do that.  While watching The Artist, I vowed not to go see another movie for at least two months.  I’d say that’s a long enough period of abstinence.

Here’s my reasoning: Continue reading