Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’

Night And Day: the translation Scenes 1-3

September 8, 2010

Berlin International Film Festival Contender 2007

I was bored. I put in a Korean film that’s been sitting on my shelf. I buy movies from Chinatown on occasion just to keep some flavor and unpredictability in my life. I’m currently watching a film called “Night and Day”. It was apparently an entry into the Berlin International Film Festival. Good for it. My DVD does not do the film justice, but it is a piece of art unto itself. In the top right hand corner is a logo “CH CHG”. I will impart the story to you through simple prose of what I’m seeing,  with the help of the translated subtitles, so you can experience what I’m experiencing.

A few points as you continue. I am adding punctuation that does not appear in the subtitles and all the capitalization is done in the subtitles. There are times in which the character speaks in English and the subtitles continue to translate them in staggeringly different English. (more…)

Hamlet 2: The Christ of Art

September 11, 2008
What art is made of.

What would you do for your art?

Dana Marschz is pronounced Marsch-z (the “z” an additional emphasis beyond the “sch”) and is one of a number of things that makes the main character of Hamlet 2 that much more awkward and potentially tragic. As he even whines, “My life is a parody of a tragedy”. In fact the position Dana finds himself in is a pretty common tale for those that come to Los Angeles looking to become an actor. Their pride is stripped from them completely and they become emotionally erratic and completely insecure individuals…sometimes they never regain that composure because they don’t know how to refocus their creative and scarred sides into something healthy.

And so we follow Dana on his personal odyssey as he seeks to regain his inner strength and voice by creating an original work for a group of high school students. And quite an odyssey it is. Pam Brady (a South Park writer alum and Team America: World Police scribe) along with Andrew Fleming (the director of a nice little gem Dick and other lesser films) have created a concoction and character that’s so awkward that it’s hilarious, but then it stops being funny and becomes so very, incredibly awkward that it becomes honest. It’s like staring at a freshly opened wound.

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“From Across the Room”: Awesome song!

August 21, 2008

The Company Logo...and top of website...
The Company Logo…As Artistic Director, this is what I try to do.

Being Artistic Director of a Theatre Company gives me the opportunity to facilitate creativity in several fashions that I never expected to be able to do.

Earlier this year I co-produced, co-directed, co-wrote and co-MC’ed a variety show. It was the first fundraiser and live show Theatre Unleashed did as a company. It was a fantastic time and every seat in the house was filled. One of the biggest hits was the absolutely hilarious and somewhat unnerving song: “From Across the Room”.

Written by our very own Andrew Moore. Last Saturday I sat down in a  neighbor’s studio apartment and listened (I as producer) as he recorded that song. And here it is. An absolutely hilarious song, that’s worth the .99 cents. All proceeds go to our non-profit theatre company. Please enjoy!

And come see one of our upcoming shows The Tempest or Through a Caffeine Haze. Info is at our website. www.theatreunleashed.com

Unfortunately since it doesn’t seem I can post a snowcap player here on wordpress, here’s the link to the song itself…enjoy! It’s worth the .99cents.

From Across the Room

“Run, Fat Boy, Run”…away from this movie

April 10, 2008

Run Fat Boy Run

First off I could only sit through half of the movie (and I never walk out), so to be fair this will only be half a review.

Run Fatboy Run is about nothing. It does though involve some characters that talk to each other and that do things, all of which are very uninteresting and unfunny. Did it matter to me how the movie ended when nothing mattered to me while I was watching it? Simple answer, no.

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“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”

December 29, 2007

The Dewey Cox Story

For all the innuendo in this musical biopic parody, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is really flaccid. I haven’t heard such an intense silence from an audience while watching a film since Schindler’s List. I admit when I first walked into the film I wanted to laugh and it took me a few moments of uncertain chuckling to realize that the film really wasn’t funny, after that I genuinely laughed twice.

Walk Hard tells the story of Dewey Cox who as a young boy is forced to live out the mock lives of Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, flipping back and forth depending on whenever the writers Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan want to make fun of Ray or Walk the Line. Instead of letting the essence of the musical biopic inspire Apatow and Kasdan they follow said stories so closely the movie itself doesn’t have any legs to stand on of its own. Even though it’s meant to mock these films, we know what’s going to happen to Dewey from scene one and the creators don’t have the fore site to deal with the subject of musical biopics in a creative way. So even the bits that could have worked are mired in the fact that Walk the Line was a pretty good movie and that Ray wasn’t bad either, and we already know the stories. We’re actually subjected to a scene straight out of Walk when Cox plays for the first time a song that he’s written, the joke being in the film that it hits the charts and causes a stir within moments of it’s recording. It sounds funny, right? But somehow it’s not. How would you like to watch a remake of Walk with Jake Gyllenhaal, or Psycho but with Vince Vaughn…? Here it’s John C. Reilly being asked to act out scenes that have already been acted out by other actors. It’s not creative nor inventive in the way it approaches its material. It lacks spirit and an interest in truly skewering the films that really deserve it. It’s a lazy comedy, repeating many of the jokes over and over again.

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