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Our Idiot Brother Trailer

Our Idiot Brother is a comedy about a burn out idealist (Paul Rudd) who barges into the lives of his three sisters (played by Zooey Deschanel,  Emily Mortimer, and Elizabeth Banks) while on parole for selling drugs to a cop. It also stars Adam Scott, Steve Coogan, Rashida Jones, and Hugh Dancy. It looks pretty funny and endearing, and with a cast that talented I’m not sure it could go wrong.  It comes out August 26th.

The 10 Funniest Comedies of the Past Decade

The Hangover was the surprise hit of 2009, taking three relatively unknown actors and turning them into some of the biggest stars of today. It’s vulgar, it’s dark, and it’s undeniably absolutely hilarious.

 

Death at a Funeral was a little British gem (and no, I am certainly not referring to the 2010 remake) that follows a dysfunctional family at the patriarch’s funeral, setting the stage for a dark, utterly British comedy that everyone needs to go check out.

 

Super Troopers is an eminently quotable, hysterically funny look at a failing highway patrol department as the prank each other, their criminals, and a competing police department. Meow.

 

The 40 Year Old Virgin took a seemingly shallow concept and gave it a lot of heart as it follows a gang of electronics store employees as they seek to get their virgin co-worker laid. It must have been hard to make these characters sympathetic, but Judd Apatow succeeded.

 

Wedding Crashers was brash, vulgar, and hilarious as it followed two womanizers who sneak into weddings to prey on vulnerable wedding guests. It gets complicated as they become involved with members of the powerful Cleary family.

 

Shaun of the Dead proved that Zombies can be funny as two slackers save their friends and family from a Zombie uprising in England. Armed with a cricket paddle, they fight together as they make their way to the local pub to wait it out.

 

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is chock full of talented comedic actors that portray the 1970s news scene in San Diego. Sexism, alcohol, and a magnificent news anchor battle set the stage for this entertaining comedy.

 

Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle seems like it should just be aimed at a certain demographic, but this comedy proves to be hilarious whether you’re stoned or not. Two friends go on an epic journey as they try to reach White Castle to feed their munchies, while facing many adversities among the way, including NPH.

 

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan– This highly controversial “documentary” gained a lot of notoriety for misleading its subjects, but beneath all the controversy, this movie is uproariously comical as it follows Borat as he reports on the greatest country in the world while trying to locate and marry Pamela Anderson.

 

Old School follows three men as they try to recapture their youth by starting a fraternity at a local college. What should be pathetic is hilarious as they throw parties, battle the jealous Dean, and bring together a group of misfits all looking for a place to belong.

Fright Night Trailer

Here’s the first trailer for the (unfortunately) 3D remake of the classic 1985 vampire horror movie, Fright Night. It looks like just another generic sexy vampire movie to me, but David Tennant’s in it, so I’ll see it. I don’t think the 3D part is necessary, though.

Starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Contagion Trailer

Contagion seems like a simple enough, at times overdone, plot (per Collider):

“Contagion” follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.

However, with an excellent directer (Steven Soderbergh) and an even more excellent cast (Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Lawrence Fishbourne, Bryan Cranston, and Elliott Gould) this is shaping up to look like an awfully promising thriller. Plus, at the very least, you get to see Gwyneth Paltrow die, so that will please a lot of people on it’s own. It’s due out September 9th, 2011.

I Am the Doctor

The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra debut their first collaboration, “I Am the Doctor” by Murray Gold. This is really impressive, musician Doctor Who fans from all over the world record their parts separately, then they’re edited together for one cohesive composition.

30 Minutes or Less Trailer

30 Minutes or Less, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, and Nick Swardson. Jesse Eisenberg is again starring in a movie by his Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. Jesse plays a pizza delivery boy, who alongside his best friend (Aziz Ansari), has to rob a bank after two amateur mob guys (Nick Swardson and Danny McBride) strap a bomb to his chest. It’s set to come out August 12, and I personally can’t wait.

A Bill Pullman Independence Day

On Monday July 4th, stand up comedian Sean Kleier (from Funkanomics) took to the streets of NYC to do his patriotic duty: Quoting Bill Pullman’s speech from Independence Day all over the city. Shame on you, New Yorkers, for just staring blankly at him instead of starting a slow clap for him. He’s clearly more patriotic than you.

10 Awesome TV Intros

Not all TV openings have to feature pop songs and the cast smiling at the camera. Here are 10 great unique contemporary TV intros that really set the mood for the show without being cheesy.


The Mad Men opening credits feature a graphic silhouetted animation of man falling while surrounded by skyscrapers and billboards. The simple color palette and typography contrast with the vintage advertisements give it a Hitchcockian feel. The theme is a stunning instrumental by RJD2. You can view it here.


The Dexter opening credits take Dexter’s morning routine, full of normal every day things like flossing and cooking, and makes them creepy and sinister. This perfectly sets up the world of Dexter, which is a contrast of normal life mixed with a sinister private one.


The True Blood theme features juxtaposing images of sex, violence, and religion set to a country song called “Bad Things” by Jace Everett. It showcases the show’s deep south setting, while setting up several of the shows themes, such as the sign that says “God Hates Fangs.”


The Six Feet Under opening sequence features a creative demonstration of what happens when you die, from toe tags to graveyards, which perfectly sets up a show about a family of undertakers. It’s slightly creepy, slightly disturbing, and beautiful, just like the show.


The Sopranos opening portrays Tony Soprano emerging from the Lincoln Tunnel, entering the New Jersey Turnpike. This sets the viewer up to know that this is a Jersey show, not a New York one. It’s dirty and gritty, and it shows that Tony runs the place. The song lyrics talk about getting a gun, letting the viewer know of the violence to come.


The Weeds opener shows a homogenized suburbia, with every car a white Land Rover and every man leaving the same coffee shop wearing the same thing, as the lyrics to the song discuss how all the houses look the same. This sets up the show, letting the viewer know something different is coming. You can view it here.


The Lost opening sequence is beyond simple: a black background with floating white letters spelling the title. The music is very simple as well. It may not seem like much, but with such a complicated, complex show having such a basic, non-opening is genius.


The Dead Like Me title sequence features traditional grim reapers doing traditional things, such as hanging out by the water cooler and at a laundry mat. This is a great juxtaposition with the show, which features normal (albeit dead) people doing abnormal things. The upbeat score playing also contrasts with the dark grim reapers.


The Carnivale opener lets the viewer know the show takes place in the 1930s immediately, by showing iconic moments in Depression history. It then moves through other moments of good and evil throughout time, such as showing the KKK, Babe Ruth, and Mussolini. The battle of Good vs Evil is a major theme in the show, so it lets the viewer know what’s to come. It’s also beautiful and interesting to look at, which draws the viewer in.


Pushing Daisies didn’t have much of an opening sequence on the American version, but when it played in Europe it has an opener that explains the plot of the show while showing the wonderment and visual magic the show possessed. This is unrelated, but I’m still angry at ABC for cancelling this show!

The Change-Up Trailer

Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman star in The Change Up, from Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and writers Scott Moore and Jon Lucas (The Hangover). A married man (Bateman) trades bodies with his best friend (Reynolds), who is a single ladies man, in order to feel what it’s like to be single. The Freaky Friday plot is overdone, certainly, but hopefully in the hands of such talented comedic actors and writers, it’ll still be great. Also starring Leslie Mann and Olivia Wilde.

10 Highly Rated Movies That Actually Suck

Just because a movie comes highly recommended and generates a lot of buzz doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck. Here are 10 movies that are supposedly excellent, but in actuality are awful.

1. Citizen Kane– It may be unfair to judge a movie this old and iconic based on modern standards, but if the AFI is going to continue to rank it #1, I’m going to have to continue to disagree. It was directed by Orson Welles in 1941, and while I have no problems with old movies in general, this one is seriously overrated. The acting is over the top, the plot is overdrawn and boring, and the ending is just plain stupid. I’m not sure what makes critics continue to vote it to the top, aside from maybe peer pressure, because it in no way is the greatest movie of all time (which is, of course, Weekend at Bernies II)

2. Avatar– I’m not sure what I can say about James Cameron’s movie that hasn’t already been said, but good lord this movie was awful. I’m not saying it wasn’t beautiful, because of course it was. It was visually breathtaking, and it’s the only movie I’ve seen that I actually thought seeing it in 3D helped the viewing experience. That’s where it ends, though. It’s Pocahontas with blue people. I don’t mean it borrows from the archetype, I mean it copies it directly.

The plot is unoriginal, and the storytelling is rudimentary at best. Movies are, afterall, a medium for storytelling. Just because a movie is pretty to look at doesn’t mean we should excuse the fact that everything else about it sucks.

3.The English Patient– This is a pretentious, overly ambitious piece of crap disguised as an epic love story. It is one of those movies that the critics adored, but I couldn’t stand. It’s boring as hell, there’s no chemistry between the two otherwise talented leads, and it is far too long and slowly paced. Because the cinematography was beautiful and the plot was historical, it was obvious Oscar-bait, but that doesn’t make it a good movie. It is, at best, a decent movie in need of a good editor.

4.Titanic– Admittedly, I liked this movie a lot at the time. I was 13 when it came out and an epic romance with Leonardo DiCaprio was right up my alley. The opinion of a thirteen year old girl is unreliable at best, and I was particularly stupid then. It’s still a decent movie, but as an adult, I can see this movie for what it really is. The characters are flat and archetypal, the dialogue is cringe-worthy, and yet again Cameron focuses too much on the visuals of the movie rather than the plot of it. Rose is one of the worst characters I’ve ever seen in a movie. In addition to being too selfish to share her piece of wood with Jack in the water, and stupidly throwing her giant diamond in the ocean, let’s not forget that while she was having her big romance with Jack, she was cheating on her fiancé. She’s the worst.

5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding– This isn’t an awful movie, but compared to all the hype surrounding it at the time, it was a major letdown. It plays out more like a sitcom than a movie; chock full of stereotypes and lacking real conflict. I have no problem with light, fluffy comedies, but that really only works when it’s actually funny. This one is not only not funny, it’s bland and unimaginative. I don’t understand how it became the hit that it did.

6. Signs– It’s easy to pick on M. Night Shyamalan’s movies, because there are so many problems with them. I actually think Signs is one of his better works, right behind the Sixth Sense. That doesn’t mean it’s a good movie, however. The gaping plot holes cancel out all the good this movie has. I’m not generally one to nitpick at the logic of a movie, but the holes in this one are inescapable. It just doesn’t make sense. Why would an intelligent race invade a planet that is 75% covered in water if water is deadly to them? Even if they could avoid oceans and lakes and such, what if it rains? Water is unavoidable. Stupid.

7. Gangs of New York– This is another epic, dramatic period  piece critical darling that I couldn’t stand. The casting of Cameron Diaz is the movie’s biggest flaw, but certainly not the only casting problem. Leonardo DiCaprio is great as an intellectual, sensitive character, but he doesn’t nail it as a strong, brutal one like this character. Daniel Day-Lewis is over the top with his theatricality, making it hard to watch. It’s another movie that’s pretty to look at, but is lacking the depth needed to make a movie like this great. There’s not enough substance in the plot to endure the three hour run time. It could have been great with a better editing, casting, directing, and writing.

8. The Blair Witch Project– This is definitely a victim of hype, but by the time I got around to watching this I had already heard about it from approximately 5,243 people. It was supposed to be SO SCARY but in actuality it was kind of boring. The whole movie is the “crew” walking around endlessly while cursing at each other with no pay off at the end. I’m not saying movies need to have a huge CGI budget with startling monsters to be scary, but there needs to be something, anything, to hold on to. There’s nothing. I’m actually impressed those filmmakers tricked us all into seeing this crap pile.

9. The Star Wars Franchise- There’s no denying that the franchise has had a great influence on society, from opening people’s eyes to Sci-Fi to changing the way movies market themselves. I’m sure in the 70s this was a really great movie, full of groundbreaking effects and epic adventure. However, by today’s modern standards, these movies blow. For one, the plot basics just keep repeating themselves: A huge monster almost eats our hero’s ship, a young pilot blows up a space station, and people fall down bottomless shafts. Throughout each film the dialogue is wooden and much of the time just silly. George Lucas is an awful writer and director. Plus, they’re kind of boring. I think people cling to this because they liked it as children, but kids are generally dumb and so are their movie choices. And that’s just the originals, the newest trilogy is a crap pile of it’s own kind that’s an even further embarrassment to the franchise and it’s fans (Hello, Jar Jar.)

10. Moulin Rouge– I know everyone loves this movie but I’m here to tell you why you’re wrong.  The basics: the story is weak and cliched,  most of the actors can’t actually sing (::cough::Ewan::cough::), and while it is mostly beautiful to look at, it’s over the top with the artsy fartsy visual treatment.  It’s a quintessential example of style over substance, but that makes it seem more like an overlong music video rather than a motion picture. The main reason this movie sucks is because all movies that give away the ending at the beginning suck. They just do. It’s a weak way for the director to grab the viewer rather than come up with a gripping beginning.  It’s lazy, and it sets the movie on a negative spiral from the beginning.