Friday, June 26, 2009

Ricky Gervais Invents Lying, Hangs Out with Tina Fey and Louis CK

When I first read about Ricky Gervais (easily among my favorite living comedians) making a film with Louis CK, Tina Fey, Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Patrick Stewart, John Hodgman and Jonah Hill, I knew it would be something I'd want to see.

Somehow, I'm still blown away by how funny and fresh this movie looks. It's an odd, abstract premise (in a universe where everyone is purely honest at all times, one guy figures out that he can lie without consequences) and it sounds gimmicky, but the jokes certainly seem to work. It could just be a perfect fit for Gervais' acerbic, smugly superior persona.

Here's hoping that Gervais has created his third masterpiece. This is now officially among my most anticipated films of the year.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Transformers 2" a lot like the first film, only longer, more shrill and with 20% more racism!

Yes, yes, I haven't seen it. And probably never will. But according to reviewers and bloggers, the film features two minstrel-esque robots who speak with "urban slang," sport gold teeth and...wait for it...don't know how to read. Even the SCREENWRITERS are telling Film School Rejects that they are not thrilled with how the characters ended up, and insist that they had nothing to do with the good tooth stuff.

M.B., you've done it again.

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My nominee for Father of the Year (via @codeshaman)

Premise: You will be the dog walker hired by daddy (me) to walk Skittles. I will introduce you to the kids, and you will tell them you are going to help Skittles get her exercise when Daddy is too busy to walk her. At that point you will walk Skittles to your car and take her to her new family 20 minutes from my place. Then return holding just a leash. The story will be that Skittles broke free of the leash and took off. At this point prepare for crying, things being thrown at you, and possibly cursing. My kids are young and dramatic, their girls.

Pay will be $500. The job will take roughly 2 hours at best.

Folks, this is what I call parenting. Also, is anyone else wondering how his dead aunt managed to give the kids a cocker spaniel? Meddling families extend into even the afterlife! My God...has anyone told Tyler Perry? He could probably squeeze at minimum a tetralogy out of that.

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