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!
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.
The good; all the best parts are NOT in the trailer and this comedy delivers what it promises, that’s rare on both accounts with comedies these days. Everyone in the cast gives great performances.
I’m also impressed by the story that they told, usually things tend to get bogged down with gags and bits, but here we have something that works as a narrative and at the same time being hilarious.
The bad; it’s only in limited release, not sure who everyone else will be able to see this wonderful gem of a movie.
Overall, I can’t say enough about What We Do in the Shadows. And I won’t, cause to go further into detail would be to rob you of a supremely delicious experience.
I laughed from the moment go, what with the opening production logo being that of “The New Zealand Documentary Board.” You’ll laugh and be thrilled at this semi-reunion of Flight of the Conchords. By far the best movie that you won’t see this year. Do yourself a favor and track this movie down and watch it in the theatre (if you can). You’re welcome…
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 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
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, http://www.theqandapodcast.com/, 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 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.