daddy’s home 2 – too much fun

Daddy’s Home 2 is the sequel to the 2015 film Daddy’s Home. This time it’s a Christmas comedy directed by Sean Anders and written by Anders and John Morris. The movie stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson.

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There’s been a large amount of new content on Netflix, one of them is Crazyhead. It’s a British comedy-horror series (6 episodes) about two girls that are fighting off demons in our world.
Crazyhead is created by Howard Overman, you may know him from his previous show Misfits.

This series is about 20% horror with 80% comedy. What really draws me into this show is the relationship between the two leads. Their dynamic is electric, brilliantly paired.
Stop reading this and go watch Crazyhead on Netflix now!

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what we do in the shadows – is none of your business, but it sorta is…

What We Do in the Shadows is a mockumentary comedy horror about a group of vampires that live in New Zealand. The movie follows a documentary crew that’s been granted access to a secret underground world of creatures of the night. This film is written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. If you haven’t heard of this film, I wouldn’t be surprised, but check out their website. Continue reading

parks and recreation – aka parks and rec

Season 7 of Parks and Recreation is upon us, well… four episodes upon us to be precise, with two more episodes tonight. This being the final season has left me with a bittersweet feeling. I thoroughly enjoy the show and don’t want it to go away, but I’m also pleased that it’s ending now and not being drawn out like all other American TV shows. Continue reading

casa de mi padre – where humor translates

Casa de mi Padre is a film in Spanish with English subtitles.  It’s about Armando Alvarez who’s a rancher in Mexico, his brother comes back home and not only brings along a soon-to-be wife, but criminal trouble.  Now put Will Ferrell and an overly dramatic telenovela (soap opera), in the spirit of Black Dynamite and you get the greatness that is… Casa de mi Padre. Continue reading

hey sandy, don’t you talk back…

Hey Sandy!  It’s the adventures of Pete & Pete the Reunion.  I went with Gerry and Hanah, we met up with Gabe and Melina.
After almost about twenty years since it first ran, the cast and creators reunite for a panel discussion of their time on this gem of a series.  They talked about how the third season hasn’t been released, and probably will never be released, so we’re relegated to viewings on youtube… thank you internets.

Lately my childhood is becoming more and more present in my adulthood, never has there been a time in society where one’s childhood has been so easily accessible, what with everything being released on DVD and reboots and now reunions.  It is possible to go home again.

We also then got treated to a Polaris concert.

And then look who I met after the show?  It’s Dan Harmon from Community.  I talked to him about his recent episode with Duncan Trussell.

god bless america (movie)

I attended a screening of God Bless America last night, afterwards, there was a Q&A with Bobcat Goldthwait, the writer/director. Thanks to Jeff for setting this up, you can find the podcast of the Q&A here,, eventually it’ll be posted.
The short of it, Frank (Joel Murray) has given up on life, he attempts to commit suicide while watching a typical reality show where bad behavior is rewarded, instead of killing himself he decides to go on a killing spree, ridding the world of rude and mean people. On this journey he find a companion in a high school girl named Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr). Whackey-ness ensues.

The good; World’s Greatest Dad was Goldthwait’s last movie that I saw, and it might be the same case for some of you. I rather enjoyed the darkness that it had, but with God Bless America, he takes that darkness and taps in to an almost collective consciousness of being fed up and helpless.
There are great bits that are almost everyone’s played out fantasy of what you would want to do in that situation, but would never do because of the ramifications that would follow. So in a way, we’re getting our “jollies” out by having a character we identify with act out our aggressions.

The bad; might this movie be too dark? I can definitely see it turning away audiences, but the audience that I saw it with was very in to the movie. Could be because we’re the audience that this movie was made for. Although there was an elderly woman next to me that checked her cell phone during the film… makes you wonder how she thought she was the exception to the rule of SILENCING CELL PHONES, and maybe this movie flew over her head, cause it was clearly poking fun at her and her stupid behavior.

Overall, not for everyone, but it speaks to me. I found myself connecting to Frank’s character and laughing out loud a number of times.
The Q&A might’ve helped my pleasant experience I this film, started off very rocky but by the end it was surprisingly heart-felt and meaningful.

casa de mi padre

Casa de mi Padre opened this weekend. After Wondercon I went with Pat to experience this goodness.  The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.  I must be on a subtitle kick.  It’s about Armando Alvarez who’s a rancher in Mexico, his brother comes back home and not only brings along a soon-to-be wife, but criminal trouble.  Now put Will Ferrell and an overly dramatic telenovela (soap opera), in the spirit of Black Dynamite and you get the greatness that is… Casa de mi Padre.

The good; Will Ferrell, doing what Will Ferrell does.  You either love it, or you hate it.  For some, this might be classified as part of the bad, for me, it certainly is not.  Ferrell hams it up and plays to the audience, and he does it in Spanish.  What more could you want?

Well, you get Bernal and Luna who are typically serious dramatic actors, but now they’re doing that in a comedy and it just adds to everything.  I won’t ruin the ending, but there’s a slow-mo death scene that is hilarious.

One more thing, that won’t ruin the plot, there are a number of mannequins throughout the film, it’s both creepy and hilarious.

The bad; I seriously can’t find any.  But if you’re not a fan of this type of comedy then you’ll have more to add to this section than I do.

Overall, a thoroughly entertaining comedy.  They make the film scratchy, the editing is jumpy, there are numerous continuity errors and it’s just a whole lotta fun.  If you hate reading and atypical comedies, don’t see Casa de mi Padre, but if you enjoy awkward laughing and over the top humor coupled with guns and Mexican drug lords, go see this masterpiece.