Comedies

Paul movie

Shaun of the Dead – brilliant. Hot Fuzz – amazeballs. ‘Paul‘, the third collaboration between the two best friends Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is E.T. gone comedy. A lewd, crude, good mood, action packed bromance. A geek-friendly affair. At times, I laughed so hard my anal probe fell out.

Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) are two British sci-fi geeks who take a pilgrimage from San Diego Comic-Con to the Southwest and all the famous UFO sites. On the road they encounter a real-life alien, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). Graeme, Clive and Paul quickly have to go on the run from government agents (Jason Bateman, Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio) as they help Paul, but end up kidnapping a fundamentalist Christian, Ruth (Kristen Wiig), on the way.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost certainly have a great working relationship since their days on ‘Spaced’ (UK comedy series that launched their careers). But, ‘Paul’ is their biggest project without long-time director Edgar Wright at their side and the film does slightly suffer because of it. What made Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz so great was that they took a genre like Zombies or Buddy Cop action thriller and created parodies that lampooned exactly what was wrong and so lovable about their genres. In the process, they ended up creating films that could stand alongside the very films they were parodying. “Paul” was intended to unfold in this same manner, but unfortunately ran a bit flat. A rudimentary story, shameless Spielberg worship and barely explored characters and themes does cause a bit of contextual misfire. Regardless, it doesn’t take anything away from the entertainment factor of the film.

Though feeling a little held back this time around, Frost and Pegg still have that comfortable comic chemistry, summing up UK geek culture perfectly. Their bromance was a bit cliched, but it still touches home. Seth Rogen as Paul the alien just nailed it. He’s such a vulgar and crude alien, yet endearing and likable at the same time. I defy anyone to dislike him. Notably, Paul’s CGI body was impressive. It was easy to believe that he was another actor in the scenes. Jason Bateman is in top form, stalwart and dry as always. The intentions of his agent on-the-hunt character take a unexpected, but pleasant twist. The scenes involving Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio were just as great. An unfortunate alien ball groping had me ROFL. Kristen Wiig on the other hand appeared to deploy none of her comedic talents whatsoever beyond uttering profanities. Regardless, my inner twelve year old couldn’t avoid laughing at her vulgarity. A mixed response might be met when Paul challenges her characters Christian beliefs about the universe -a reoccurring poke at Creationism Vs. Darwinism. Jebus freaks will tell it on the mountain, but for everyone else it’s amusing as hell.

Paul is a sci-fi comedy. At times, the jokes can feel a little self indulgent; inside jokes that would probably confuse most and only careful listeners can interpret the references to the scifi genre (Alien, ET, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, and Mac and Me.) On the other hand, as a nerd (we say nerd around here. Geeks eat the heads off chickens. Look it up.) this is where the humor probed so far it tickled my funny bone. Minor complaint on two tiresome running ‘gags’, namely a comic cover featuring an alien with three tits, and people mistaking the titular characters for being gay; because they are two men traveling together in an RV. Funny scenes such as Paul stating that he gets his weed from the US Military, which is so strong that it killed Bob Dylan; “But he’s not dead”. Paul answers “Isn’t he?” more than make up for it.

The flick certainly has it’s faults. Weak script, excessive potty humor, an over abundance of geek references (not to my complaint though), cliched and unexplored characterization…etc. But you know what? You’ll have too much fun to care.  If you enjoyed Superbad, Pineapple Express, Shaun of the Dead, or Hot Fuzz, then Paul is a must see.

Three tits, spaceman balls and kidnapped Christians… what more do you want??

JonahHill

This guy gives chubby nerds hope. Jonah Hill has kissed Emma Stone, traded jokes with Seth Rogan, Adam Sandler, and scores of talented comedians. He’s done The Simpson. There probably hasn’t been many funny films that you haven’t seen this guy in or heard his voice.

Today it was revealed by THR that Jonah is making his move to direct The Kitchen Sink, it’s about “a human teenager, a vampire, and a zombie must save their town from an alien invasion.” It’s so over the top, that the title of the screenplay “The Kitchen Sink“ is in reference to the popular saying that something has everything but the kitchen sink. This movie has everything but werewolves and ghosts. Sony Pictures has acquired the movie, and Jonah Hill is the first choice to direct.

Written by Oren Uziel, the screenplay has been pitched as “The Breakfast Club” meets “Zombieland.” The movie begins with high school kids being attacked by zombies. While the kids and zombies fight, the zombies are attacked by vampires. Just then, a bright light comes from the sky, and all the Earth bound characters realize that aliens have landed on Earth and they must fight together to drive off the invading aliens.

Has a little for everyone it seems. So much fantastic in a single dose could be the films down fall, or it could be the greatest thing EVER! I hope for the latter but being that Jonah is fat and this is his first directorial gig I do have my worries. Course, he is an Apatow guy, they can do no wrong.

source: THR

“Hit somebody! was what the crowd roared / When Buddy the goon came over the boards /
“Coach,” he’d say, “I wanna score goals” / The coach said, “Buddy, remember your role /
The fast guys get paid, they shoot, they score, / Protect them, Buddy, that’s what you’re here for”

Ah, now with words that poetic who wouldn’t wanna make a movie about it? Well Kevin Smith sure as hell did!  In his upcoming project Hit Somebody based on the song by Warren Zevon, Smith has just decided to cast Nicholas Braun (Sky High), who Smith worked with on Red State.  The 22 year actor certainly looks as though he could play rough and tough hockey player Buddy McKracken, but who knows if has the ability to command the screen.

Originally, Seann William Scott was set to play the role but ended up leaving the project for another hockey movie.  Here’s what Smith had to say about his casting situation,

At one point it was Seann William Scott, and Seann William Scott apparently wanted to make a hockey movie real fuckin’ bad… So he went to do another one, which meant we were star-less for a while, which was totally OK by me. But then I found so much of my Hit Somebody cast while making Red State, so… The guy who’s going to play my lead, whose name is Buddy McKraken in the movie, is a fella who’s in our flick [Red State] and his name is Nicholas Braun. He’s this really great actor who I love to death and he is the perfect lead for this hockey movie, for this script.

Hit Somebody is set to get rolling some time between July and September of 2011.  Now while we may not know much about the project I have no doubts that Mr. Smith will not disappoint us or his country (“Oh Canada”) by making a shitty hockey movie.  Hopefully this thing will be as hilarious as it sounds. What do you guys think??

Source: Slashfilm